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INNER DEMON Wednesday, April 23, 2014
"Welcome to the experiment," says 
 seedy-tweedy Professor Coupland 
 to his new documentarian, AV geek Brian — not quite adding "Bwahahahaha!" to the greeting, but you can almost hear it anyway. We had already started to suspect that the …
THE OTHER 50 PERCENT Tuesday, June 24, 2014
At the start of this film, struggling Brooklyn 
standup comic Donna (Jenny Slate) 
takes the stage to deliver a mighty riff on vaginal discharge. Now, 50 percent of the population already knows …
From Action to Acting Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Watching the trailers, you might think “Snitch” is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action film, but there isn’t enough action in this movie to raise your heartbeat much above that of a brisk walk.
UNDEREXPOSED Wednesday, April 23, 2014
It's no wonder "paradoxical" is the first word 
 uttered in the documentary Finding Vivian 
 Maier to describe its elusive and mysterious subject. Vivian Maier made her living as a nanny for upper middle-class families in Chicago and New York …
"BLACKHAT" IS A SYSTEM FAILURE Wednesday, January 21, 2015
What happened to Michael Mann? The director who gave us filet mignon with The Last of the Mohicans, Heat and The Insider is now serving us spam with Blackhat, which on paper should've been good but in reality absolutely, positively isn't. …
Dumb and Dumber Wednesday, July 3, 2013
About the best thing you can say about the buddy cop film "The Heat" is that whatever Sandra Bullock does, she throws herself into it. Unfortunately, this time she threw herself into a film that was more of a nice idea than an actual movie, with …
The Effect, Not Truth Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Catching up on Downtown Abbey this past weekend, I was reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s droll definition of drama as “life with the dull bits cut out.” His more literary contemporary, …
Stone-age Stereotypes Friday, March 22, 2013
“The Croods” should quickly earn the distinction of best caveman comedy ever. When you see what it’s up against, however, that's not particularly high praise. Unlike …
Timing is everything, and it just so happens that kidnapped journalists in the Middle East have been all over the news recently. The truth is it's been happening for years, so to have a new release about a journalist captured and tortured in Iran is …
Repeat Forecast Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some sequels try to take the characters to new places and new adventures. Others play it safe and put the characters back into what amounts to a new version of the same problem they had last time. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" chose …