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A History of Violence

February 1st, 2016
A History of Violence

When watching a Quentin Tarantino film, critic Max Ross contends, you can never forget you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino flim. But is that a strength or a weakness of his latest, The Hateful Eight?

Movie Review: Jersey Boys

June 25th, 2014
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Director Clint Eastwood brings the beloved Broadway musical to the big screen

Bigger with More and More

February 1st, 2014
Bigger with More and More

Spike Jonze is the most mainstream of indie directors — or the most indie of mainstream directors — and his newest film Her is a triumph of quirky charm and visionary depth. Matt Sadler reviews.

Guest Movie Review: Grown Ups 2

July 16th, 2013
6Seriously, the BEST part

Endless back-flips alone, Mr. Anderson wryly observes, cannot save a film.

Guest Movie Review: The Heat

July 2nd, 2013
6This can’t possibly go wrong

It’s a fairly by-the-numbers summer buddy-cop movie – with one important difference!

Guest Movie Review: Monsters University

June 25th, 2013

Pixar’s latest is a prequel: the story of how Mike and Sully from “Monsters, Inc.” first met

Guest Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

March 7th, 2013

The old folk tale gets an sfx-laden kid-friendly modern retelling by one of Hollywood’s most successful directors

Guest Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

February 19th, 2013

John McClane rides again in the latest chapter of the “Die Hard” franchise

Guest Movie Review: Warm Bodies

February 7th, 2013

“Warm Bodies” is a zombie rom-com: but does boy meet girl, or EAT girl?

Guest Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

January 15th, 2013
1134604 – Zero Dark Thirty

The controversial new movie about the hunt for bin Laden – and the role torture might have played in that hunt

Guest Movie Review: Jack Reacher

December 26th, 2012

It’s Tom Cruise starring as Lee Child’s super-tall, super-gritty action hero!

Guest Movie Review: The Sessions

December 11th, 2012

The Oscar race for Best Actor gets a little bit more crowded with the performance of John Hawkes in Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions”

Guest Movie Review: Life of Pi

December 7th, 2012
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A boy and a tiger, trapped at sea – the best-selling novel “Life of Pi” gets a movie adaptation by Ang Lee

Guest Movie Review: Argo

October 16th, 2012
6Affleck implemented the worst moustaches for this film

Director Ben Affleck’s latest, “Argo,” is a real Hollywood movie about a fake Hollywood movie way back in the 1970s

Guest Movie Review: Lawless

September 3rd, 2012
6This might not end well

Hollywood Next Big Things – past, present, and future? – share screen-time in a gritty tale of the Prohibition-era South.

Guest Movie Review: The Apparition

August 27th, 2012
6Technology, the replacement for thinking on your own

The Twilight film series will finally be coming to a close this fall, and with it the free rides of many of the young actors and actresses who made names for themselves in their roles …

Guest Movie Review: Total Recall

August 6th, 2012
6Somehow I don’t think quotI didn’t do itquot will work

Critics tend to scoff at remakes. To many, these copies represent the worst that Hollywood has to offer, blatantly repeating stories that were successful in the past, rather than risk trying anything new. As movie …

Guest Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

July 16th, 2012

Aurochs run amok in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” John C. Anderson reviews.

Guest Movie Review: Savages

July 9th, 2012
7Their next film together will obviously be about Luchadors

Oliver Stone’s new movie about drugs, violence, sex, and savages!

On Blu-Ray: 21 Jump Street

July 3rd, 2012
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The raucous 21st century update of the old TV series gets its Blu-Ray release!

Guest Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

June 4th, 2012
6 The fairest of them all; seriously, I don’t get it

Can the Peter Jackson/Lord of the Rings approach work with the Brothers Grimm? Mr. Anderson tells the tale!

Guest Movie Review: The Chernobyl Diaries

June 2nd, 2012
5 There’s nothing creepier than Russian children

Disaster movie or disaster of a movie? Horror movie or horrible movie? Mr. Anderson disambiguates!

Movie Review: Battleship

May 21st, 2012
6We’re going to need a bigger boat

Can an enormous budget save an old, defunct board game about an old, defunct class of warship? Ask Mr. Anderson!

Movie Review: Dark Shadows

May 14th, 2012
well, what do you know? Apparently, blondes DO have more fun

The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is very nearly un-dead on arrival, according to our guest-poster, movie blogger John Anderson!

Into the Breach: Battle Royale and Hunger Games

April 1st, 2012

The box office record-setting movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is the latest incarnation of an unsettling children-as-prey plot that’s been with us in one form or another for a long time – and never more vividly than in Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale

Sounds Simple, Nearly Impossible

August 1st, 2010

The documentary Restrepo, set in the deepest and most violent American outpost in Afganastan, ushers us “through a door most Americans don’t know about and don’t want to know about”

Review of I Love You, Beth Cooper

July 13th, 2009

In her review of the movie I Love You, Beth Cooper, Sarah Hudson shares her thoughts on the highs and deep lows of the adolescent rom-com