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Michael Shannon

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 ...

A Model Sociopath

by Shawn Stone May 23, 2013


  Michael Shannon is both chilling and sympathetic in this based-on-a-true-story crime drama about a hitman with a normal family life. Richard Kuklinski (Shannon) does his day’s work—shooting, poisoning, stabbing, and then dismembering the resulting corpses—and ...

Best of 2011: Cinema

by The Staff January 5, 2012


Critic: Shawn Stone Best of 2011 1. Melancholia A lost soul (Kirsten Dunst, wonderful) is fulfilled by doom in Lars von Trier’s lovely—and often very funny—vision of a personal and/or global apocalypse. 2. Contagion Steven Soderbergh deftly evoked the horror ...

Doomed Prophet

by Laura Leon December 14, 2011


My youngest child loves to pepper me with questions about everything from the old days, of which I apparently am an expert. Lately, this includes Bible stories. He is particularly fascinated by the plagues that ...