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Lumbering Toward Destiny

by Shawn Stone May 7, 2015


  Age of Ultron is generally more enjoyable than the first Avengers movie. Ultron (voiced by James Spader), as a colleague pointed out, is not as interesting a villain as Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) brother Loki (Tom ...

Dude, Where’s My Brain?

by Shawn Stone July 31, 2014


  It’s hard not to be impressed by Luc Besson’s audacity in his latest actioner, Lucy. The director and/or producer of such decade-spanning, high-octane entertainments as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Transporter and Taken isn’t ...


by Laura Leon May 30, 2014


  When Chef Carl Casper’s (Jon Favreau) ballistic tirade against a pompous, and critical, food blogger (Oliver Platt) goes viral, it’s clear the former culinary wunderkind needs a change of pace. He’s been successfully delivering a ...

The Vamp Who Fell To Earth

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014


  The opening visuals flicker and mutate, and eventually, a fully formed human eye gazes out of the screen. The eye belongs to a female being, an alien presumably, and after she is fitted out in ...

All American Hero

by Laura Leon April 10, 2014


  I know what big-budget movie I’m going to see again this year, and that would be Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And get this—neither my 8- nor 11-year-old accompanied me the first time. Sure, it ...

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 ...

Hip to be Square

by John Rodat October 3, 2013


  When asked to review Don Jon, I considered the possibility that I was being punk’d. The movie was written and directed by its leading man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and it co-stars Scarlett Johansson. I am not ...

The Apocalypse? I’m Cool With That

by John Rodat December 20, 2012


  On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, they say the world will come to an end. “Oh, that Mayan nonsense?” you scoff.  For all the popular buzz there’s little real scholarship and less hard science behind this particular ...

The Gang’s All Here

by Shawn Stone May 10, 2012


This flick is pretty darn good. Millions have seen it. If you’re going to the movies this weekend, it’s statistically likely you’ll buy a ticket for The Avengers. Why not let’s give it three and ...

Mild Animals

by John Rodat January 12, 2012


  Cameron Crowe’s family dramedy We Bought a Zoo is entirely inoffensive, and may be as good a way for you to spend 124 minutes as another. But it really depends. The movie tells the story of ...