Hoover the Damned

The holidays are here, which means Hollywood is busy unleashing their new batch of prestigious Oscar hopefuls. So it’s not much of a surprise to find the great old guard, Clint Eastwood, already camped out at the theaters with J. Edgar, his latest in a stream of totally respectable, slightly distant and ultimately perplexing movies. […]

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Beat on the Bard

In what can only be explained as an embarrassing oversight, Anonymous was not released anonymously. This maniacally boring period drama was directed by none other than Roland Emmerich, helmer of Independence Day and 1998’s Godzilla, and a member (alongside Michael Bay, Brett Ratner and others) of the “Fast Food Filmmakers Club.” This means that his […]

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The Digital Diamond

“It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball.” Or so drawls Billy Beane, the restless Oakland Athletics general manager depicted in “all caps” by Brad Pitt in Moneyball. It’s a hard statement to deny, whether or not the phrase “America’s pastime” even means anything in our always-connected, always-at-war modern age. That conflict—idyllic nostalgia versus cruel […]

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Muck of the Irish

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature, The Guard, begins with a scene where a tired old Irish cop (Brendan Gleason) inspects the scene of a fatal car wreck, finds some LSD in one of the victim’s pockets and pops it in his mouth before offering a cold, expletive-laden greeting to the day. It’s the sort of […]

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Double Troubles

A slightly above-average human drama with a touch of “Twilight Zone” is a pretty fitting description for director Mike Cahill’s new film, Another Earth. He, and co-writer and star Brit Marling, take a bit of science-fiction, use it as hard science-fact and put it alongside an intimate story about guilt, fate and second chances. It’s […]

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Animal Planet

Bringing an iconic film back to life is no easy feat, let alone an iconic film series. Because no one seemed to be happy with Tim Burton’s attempt to remake Planet of the Apes in 2001, director Rupert Wyatt’s origin story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, probably always had the odds in its […]

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Divorce, Carell Style

Without a single scene of slapstick puking, accidental drug ingestion or manic violence, Crazy, Stupid, Love, the new movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris), feels like some kind of long-lost comedy relic. That’s meant in the best possible sense. Although it honestly isn’t very crazy or stupid, as […]

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Divorce, Carell Style

Without a single scene of slapstick puking, accidental drug ingestion or manic violence, Crazy, Stupid, Love, the new movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris), feels like some kind of long-lost comedy relic. That’s meant in the best possible sense. Although it honestly isn’t very crazy or stupid, as […]

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