Glitz Gets Real

David O. Russell’s brilliant American Hustle finds truth in the con.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Director David O. Russell’s vision of America has always been Winesburg, Ohio, hopped up on trucker speed: a place of frantic grotesques distorted by their own need. In his new film, American Hu   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Divine Brutality

Only God Forgives swings and misses.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Despite their extreme differences in content—the retro gangsters of Drive, the Danish drug lords of the Pusher trilogy, the wayward Christian vikings traversing their own personal hell in Valhalla R   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Midnight’s Children

Tiptoeing into the mystic.


Movie Reviews & Stories
I never thought I’d say this, but perhaps Salman Rushdie isn’t giving himself enough credit. In adapting his 1981 Booker Prize-winning Midnight’s Children, he works with director Deepa Mehta   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Oz the Great and Powerful

Hello, yellow brick road.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Watching the glorious spectacle that is James Franco feels like watching a great con man. Here’s a proven movie star who made an art film re-enacting the Al Pacino leather-daddy sex thriller Cru   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

Jack the Giant Slayer

An English folktale, with extra potty humor.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the few English folktales Americans know by heart. A peasant boy sells his abusive guardian’s livestock for some beans, the beans get wet, a beanstalk grows, a   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

A Fistful of Viagra

Christopher Walken and Al Pacino go slumming in Stand Up Guys.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Europe is considerably kinder to its elder statesmen—at least where cinema is concerned. Michael Haneke’s dissection of octogenarian love, Amour, is a lock for the foreign-language Oscar, with   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

Rust and Bone

In which an orca bites off Marion Cotillard’s legs.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Rust and Bone’s soundtrack features Bon Iver, “Love Shack” by the B-52s, and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Such contrivances are rivaled only by the film’s implausible premise: A driven   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gangster Squad

Firing wild and missing the mark.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Talk about a misfire. Gangster Squad talks about it a few times. “Don’t aim for where it is,” one character, a quick shot with a Sam Elliott mustache, instructs another after he misses a m   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Slashing Out: Texas Chainsaw 3D Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Texas Chainsaw 3D didn't screen for critics—never a good sign—but critic Michael Nordine found it just mildly bad. Critic's Grade: CThere isn't that much chainsaw action in Texas Chainsaw 3D. In a way, this is one of the film’s best qualities. In most other regards, though, it functions exactly as you'd expect. Far be it from me to suggest that 3D, needless sequels or remakes lack the ...   More
 
Friday, January 4, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Unchained and Unrestrained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is certainly cool. But is that enough?


Movie Reviews & Stories
Give Quentin Tarantino this much: He’s got balls. Imagine entering a meeting with a major studio, as a successful white director   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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