Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Deciphering Bieber-mania with ‘Never Say Never’

Posted on March 13, 2011 by Amanda Pleau in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

I had never even heard a Justin Bieber song from beginning to end. I had heard a lot about him and his haircut, but I’m not in middle school, and I don’t subscribe to Teen Beat.

Portrait of the playboy as a young maverick

Posted on March 07, 2011 by David O'Donnell in Movie Reviews

How high does the denigration of Hugh Hefner’s public image rank on your list of injustices in the world? I’ll go out on a limb and assume somewhere below the next redesign of Facebook. True, the fabulously rich, connected founder of Playboy Magazine has been reduced in the public mind to a lecherous caricature, but […]

Woody Allen’s ‘Tall Dark Stranger’ comes bearing scythe

Posted on February 14, 2011 by David O'Donnell in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

In a fairer world, Woody Allen would be revered for his stability. He’s been writing and directing about a film a year, for forty years, with a two-decade stretch in which he was constantly one-upping himself with classics from  “Annie Hall” to “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” He’s never flagged on the philosophical underpinnings either: life is […]

The Coen Brothers get ‘Gritty’

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Matt Becker in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Although the Coen Brothers are rarely in front of the camera, even the most casual fan of cinema have heard of them, as well as their many popular films like “Barton Fink” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?.” Hollywood stalwarts since the mid-80s, the creative siblings have ditched their usual filmmaking pattern of alternating between […]

‘Inside Job’ opens a door

Posted on November 29, 2010 by Matt Becker in Movie Reviews

Detailing one of the largest financial crashes since the Great Depression, the new documentary “Inside Job” tries to distill what went wrong and what could have been done to prevent it. Narrated by actor Matt Damon, the film reveals that since the mid-’80s certain aspects of the finance industry have been perpetually defrauding investors and […]

‘Due Date’ is late for the party

Posted on November 15, 2010 by Matt Becker in Movie Reviews

The latest film from Todd Phillips, director of the wildly popular film, “The Hangover,” takes the same basic formula and makes it travel across the country. “Due Date” is a fun mixture of a smart cast, witty humor and road-movie antics that at times feels eerily similar to movies like the 1987 classic “Planes, Trains, […]

Educational kryptonite in ‘Waiting …’

Posted on November 01, 2010 by Matt Becker in Movie Reviews

“Waiting for ‘Superman,’” from director Davis Guggenheim who turned the limited slideshow that was “An Inconvenient Truth” into a nationwide discussion and an Academy Award, aims to shed light on another national crisis. For ages the education system has been believed to be broken but apparently it can’t be fixed thanks to an archaic, overdeveloped […]

Seeing ‘RED’ a good thing

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Matt Becker in Movie Reviews

Adapted from a comic series penned by British mastermind Warren Ellis, “RED” aims to take the traditional action espionage genre and rearrange things a bit. The film follows Bruce Willis as retired CIA operative Frank Moses and an all-star cast of actors. Moses takes on his former employer who is plotting to kill his team. […]

Affleck best behind the camera

Posted on October 04, 2010 by Matt Becker in Movie Reviews

The newest Ben Affleck-helmed feature “The Town” is a solid piece of narrative filmmaking that showcases the strengths of an incredibly talented cast. Affleck, who pulls triple duty as the film’s director, co-writer, and leading man, does little wavering when it comes to his story about bank robbers in Boston. Although the film deals with […]