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Chloe Grace Moretz


by Shawn Stone May 14, 2015


  This beguiling, textured comedy-drama about actors, fame and the inevitability of, well, death, is the story of Maria (Juliette Binoche), a 40-something movie star and her relationships—with her managers, her accountant, her (estranged) husband, her ...

Me Me Me

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014


  Having never read the novel on which If I Stay is based, I can’t judge the merits of Gayle Forman’s book. But the film version, which tells the story of a talented teen named Mia ...

Senseless Violence

by Shawn Stone August 22, 2013


  The problem with Kick-Ass 2 is, fundamentally, the same problem that undermined Kick-Ass. The title character, a weakling teenage fanboy (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who reinvents himself as the “superhero” Kick-Ass, is a bore. In terms of ...

Long In the Fangs

by Ann Morrow May 16, 2012


  Long before there was True Blood, or Twilight, or even The Vampire Lestat, there was Barnabas Collins—the first of the sympathetic mainstream vampires, a bloodsucker with a flair for human-style melodrama and a devotion to ...

Lost and Found

by Shawn Stone December 7, 2011

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret

Hugo began life as a graphic novel, and the intricate visual detail in director Martin Scorsese’s first foray into the 3D wonderland reflects this. Quite simply, Hugo is a gorgeous thing to look at. Scorsese ...