Alien Boy

Man of Steel makes clear Superman just wasn’t made for these times.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Seventy-five years ago, as the Greatest Generation geared up to save the planet from tyranny, a figure of Christ-like perfection standing up for Earth’s right to exist was precisely what pop cul   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

A Binge of Bad: The Purge Reviewed

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Movies & Television
The Purge screened after WW press deadlines. A recommendation from critic Curtis Woloschuk: Don't binge on this dreck.Critic's Grade: C-It seems that giving America a “freebie” was the answer all along.Writer-director James DeMonaco's speculative thriller The Purge unfolds in a near future—March 21, 2022, if you want to add it to iCal—where politicians have stopped blathering about traditional ...   More
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Google (Passion) Play: The Internship Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Like its stars stumbling late to maturity, The Internship failed to screen before press deadlines. We probably should have sent an intern, but Jay Horton went instead.Critic's Grade: BWhether or not Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson ever seem believable as salesmen, their sheer presence on the big screen effortlessly sells the dopiest of movies. There's a crumbling landmark quality to Vaughn's unlikely ...   More
 
Friday, June 7, 2013 JAY HORTON

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Transparency made transparent.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Julian Assange exploded into the public consciousness as the face behind WikiLeaks, in the wake of the site’s publication of previously secret war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly eve   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Kings of Summer

I want to be forever young.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As cops break up a high-school kegger, and a burly teenager frantically pumps a few extra shots of beer into his maw, two 14-year-old boys stumble into a forest. Intending only to evade police,    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

"The Closer You Look, The Less You See": Now You See Me Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Now You See Me screened after WW press deadlines, presumably to make us think it had a trick up its sleeve. But nope—there's nothing there.Critic's Grade: CIn an early scene in the magic-heist movie Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg’s character gives an audience a piece of advice. “The more you think you see,” he says, “the easier it will be to fool you.” That’s apparently a tip ...   More
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sightseers

Of homicide and pencil museums.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ben Wheatley’s first two films—the gangster flick Down Terrace and the occult hit-man horror film Kill List—are marked by tendencies to genre hop in ways both stimulating and dumbfounding, m   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AP KRYZA

Epic

Seeing the forest for the trees full of tiny soldiers.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The words “from the makers of Ice Age and Robots” and “starring the voices of Beyoncé, Pitbull and Steven Tyler” don’t exactly inspire confidence in a summer animated release. In fact,    More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AP KRYZA

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