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Fractured Fairy Tale

by Shawn Stone June 11, 2015


There are few more fascinating stories in 1960s rock & roll than the Beach Boys. They became superstars when they were little more than kids; three of the members were brothers (and another a cousin); ...

Sounds of Genius

by Bill Forman June 11, 2015


  Brian Wilson, as he himself has sung, just wasn't made for these times. Or any others, for that matter, which is part of the reason his music has remained so timeless through all of his ...

Shout, Sister, Shout

by Shawn Stone May 21, 2015


  Looser, less serious and considerably crasser than Pitch Perfect, this sequel is a lot more of the same dazzling and unutterably goofy a capella singing madness that made the original a cult hit—and so oddly ...

CGI Banality

by Ann Morrow November 27, 2013


  What is a serious thespian like Jeffrey Wright (along with Amanda Plummer, and Toby Jones) doing in a pop-culture spectacle like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the futuristic gladiatorial trilogy? The ...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  We know you’re on the edge of your seats for this, the first sequel to The Hunger Games. Whither Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence)? Will her newfound bond with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) get in the way of ...

Sins of the Script

by Laura Leon November 15, 2012


  An uneasy cross between After Hours and Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Details charts the moral ambiguity of its protagonist, Dr. Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire), as he confronts a seemingly endless pile of inconveniences and moral ...

Gleefully Nerdy

by Shawn Stone October 4, 2012


  Who knew there was such a big audience for a movie about collegiate a capella singing groups? The Glee concert movie tanked, didn’t it? Pitch Perfect opened on only a couple of hundred screens last weekend, ...

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Teenage Drivel

by Shawn Stone March 29, 2012


  Filmmakers have become adept at bringing us the end of the world: zombies, plagues, natural disasters, Biblical wrath, comic-book doom and other such grim whatnot. The Hunger Games brings something new to the “post-apocalyptic dystopia” ...