Movie Review: Merchants of Doubt

Spin masters warp “boring” science to make bank.

Movie Reviews & Stories
A month ago, posted an op-ed about a potential vape ban in bars. “This isn’t about protecting people,” it said, “it’s about controlling them” and “empirical research   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Walking Dread: Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Horror fans can’t help being numb to the barrage of jump scares, fake-outs and in-your-face gore that dominates the genre. Hell, it’s been the bane of horror for decades, with slashers cedin   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AP KRYZA

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Killing people for being different is not good.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is essentially a dumb action movie, except with the traditional gender roles reversed. The hero is a woman. The villain is a woman. The ever-supportive eye cand   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Wild Tales: Movie Review

Revenge served piping hot.

Movie Reviews & Stories
A model walks onto a plane. A music critic seated across the aisle starts talking to her. It turns out he wrote a scathing review of music written by her ex-boyfriend. It turns out her ex-boyf   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

1971: Movie Review

Investigating the FBI.

Movie Reviews & Stories
On March 8, 1971, the night that Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, a group of activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. They found documents proving the FBI a   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mr. Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood

The Videodrome director turns his eye to toxic celebrity culture in Maps to the Stars.

Movie Reviews & Stories
David Cronenberg has always been fixated on bodies. He fused them to television screens in Videodrome, crafted the finest head-explosion scenes of all time in Scanners, and charted every gruesome st   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Chekhov's EpiPen: The Boy Next Door Reviewed


Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: DThe Boy Next Door wastes no time. In its first few minutes, it half-assedly skims over the strained marriage of high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez). In the next few minutes, Claire is seduced by her 19-year-old neighbor, Noah Sandborn (Ryan Guzman), who’s evidently come straight from the J. Crew spring catalog. This hunk promptly transforms into a violent, superhuman ...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI


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