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Period Picture

by Shawn Stone January 8, 2015


  Is “kitsch” art if the artist is sincere? Asked about Margaret Keane’s phenomenally successful art, which consisted of hauntingly strange paintings of sad-faced, poverty-stricken, bizarrely big-eyed waifs, Andy Warhol said, “It has to be good. ...

Big Eyes

by The Staff December 24, 2014


  If you’re a baby boomer and grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, you’ve seen the art of Margaret Keane. Her paintings of sad-faced children with really big eyes were a popular phenomenon. It wasn’t ...

True Love

by John Rodat January 16, 2014


  The trailers for Spike Jonze’s Her are misleading. They admit upfront that the plot involves the love relationship that develops between a lonely man and a computer-operating system. But they allow the misapprehension that Her ...


by Shawn Stone December 19, 2013


  American Hustle is a twisty story of corruption and redemption. It’s a con inside a con; a duplicitous provocation that simultaneously fools the characters in the film and the audience in the theater. Most of ...

Reboot Successful

by Ann Morrow June 19, 2013


  Planet Krypton is heading for destruction. Rebellious leader Jor-El (Russell Crowe) prepares for the end by rocketing his newborn son to a life-form-compatible planet called Earth. The end is even nearer for Jor-El, though, when ...

It’s Time To Light The Lights

by John Rodat December 1, 2011


The praise—both critical and popular—for The Muppets comes across as virtual sigh of relief: "They didn't screw it up!" is the implicit refrain. Each new installment of a franchise runs the risk of torpedoing former ...

Spring Is Here (Almost), and So Is Oscar

by Ann Morrow February 23, 2011


Much to everyone’s surprise, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the folks who put on the annual Oscar clambake—decided to stay with 10 nominated films in the Best Picture category. Sure, the wags agree ...

Punk Drunk Love

by John Rodat January 5, 2011


The names attached, however briefly, to The Fighter, preproduction, indicate that it was always intended to be a big film. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were in the running for the part that ultimately went ...