Cop Out. Broken City, Reviewed.

When Mark Wahlberg is at his best, it doesn't look as if he's acting. In fact, it hardly seems as if he's even thinking. Watch him in The Departed or I Heart Huckabees and he comes across as a flawed regular guy who just wants to do the right thing, even though his characters aren't always the brightest. He plays lugs… » 1/21/13 4:30pm 1/21/13 4:30pm

Resistance Is Futile. Les Misérables, Reviewed

As someone who hasn't read the Victor Hugo novel and is only vaguely familiar with the musical based on it, I can't say I went into director Tom Hooper's version of Les Misérables with any expectations or cultural baggage. I suspect that's part of the reason why the film worked for me—or, at the very least, why I was… » 12/20/12 5:50pm 12/20/12 5:50pm

When Serious Actors Become Action Stars: A Guide

This Friday, Lockout opens, and beyond its prison-colony-in-space hook, probably the most interesting element to this sci-fi film is "Holy cow, is that Guy Pearce kickin' all that ass?" Why, yes, it is—and it's a conscious departure from the serious dramatic roles we usually see from him (Memento, L.A. Confidential).… » 4/12/12 4:30pm 4/12/12 4:30pm

Carr Surely Has Lots To Contribute In This Friendship

We're still a little bewildered by the fact that Russell Crowe was on the sidelines for Michigan's win over Notre Dame on Saturday. We don't understand why he cares so much about American collegiate football, first off, but mostly ... this guy is really friends with Lloyd Carr? » 9/18/07 4:30pm 9/18/07 4:30pm