Michael Bay's Ode To Meatheads: Pain & Gain, Reviewed.

There are many movies that could have been made from the raw materials of Pain & Gain, which is based on a series of outrageous Miami New Times articles about three dimwit Florida bodybuilders who in 1994 kidnapped a rich local businessman and stripped him of all his assets. Some filmmakers, for example, might have… » 4/24/13 5:30pm 4/24/13 5:30pm

Danny Boyle Mesmerizes Himself. Trance, Reviewed.

For director Danny Boyle, anything worth doing is worth overdoing. With each genre of movie he makes, you get the sense that he wants to be sure it's the most demonstrative of its kind ever. Trainspotting was the druggiest movie ever. 28 Days Later was the zombie-iest movie ever. Slumdog Millionaire was the most… » 4/01/13 5:50pm 4/01/13 5:50pm

An Epic That Stumbles. The Place Beyond The Pines, Reviewed.

Director Derek Cianfrance's last film, Blue Valentine, was a crushing study of a couple (played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) falling apart. It was beautifully made and well acted—I loved it—but the rawness of the emotions and the ambition of the structure (cycling between the present and the past, as we see… » 3/27/13 6:15pm 3/27/13 6:15pm

Room 237 Will Make You Love The Shining All Over Again

One of the saddest things about the death of a favorite filmmaker is realizing that you'll probably never see any new movie from him ever again. When popular musicians die, they always leave material lying around that their estates can spruce up and put out for the fans. (Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, and he's still » 3/26/13 5:45pm 3/26/13 5:45pm

Nyjer Morgan Was On The Red Carpet For The L.A. Twilight Premiere Last…

Nyjer Morgan—or his alter-ego Tony Plush, depending on your take—is a tremendous weirdo. He flies kites when he gets prompted by his Twitter followers. He gives interviews in character. He might actually be a little bit insane. And to add to the tally: he appears to be a legitimate fan of the Twilight series. » 11/15/11 2:30pm 11/15/11 2:30pm