Past Stories

A Welcome Gift

Watching your wife get knocked into an irreversible coma by a freak accident has to be one of life’s most unimaginable horrors. But in The Descendants, George Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawaiian real estate mogul who has to d...


A Boy Out Of Time

After a four-decade career, in which he directed countless elaborate murders and double-crosses on film, Martin Scorsese could be expected to want a change of pace. But nearly everyone in Hollywood was surprised by his choice f...


Muppet Magic

Most of the favorite things of our childhood fade into the recesses of our minds, as new toys and trends come along to attain mass popularity with a new generation. These days, most popular toys and trends fade from popularity&...



Gods Among Men

There are some figures in history that rise to the level of gods among men, and in American history, J. Edgar Hoover was one of them. Rising to the top of the powerful Federal Bureau of Investigations by the age…


Murphy Steals The Show

There are few actors in Hollywood history whose careers have been as utterly confounding as Eddie Murphy’s. Exploding onto the big screen  from a three-year stint as one of the most wildly talented people ever to emerge from...


Time To Shine

Sometimes people you’d least expect to be movie stars surprise you. In the case of Elizabeth Olsen, for instance, it would be easy to scoff at Olsen as the coattail-riding little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of Full H...



Doubly Devilish

In an era when far too many Hollywood movies are high-budget train wrecks heavy on spectacle and light on relevance, two films opening this week do a terrific job of demonstrating that good storytelling always results in an ent...


Man of Mystery

There are certain people whose exploits or accomplishments are so colorful they pass straight from reality into the realm of legend. Often, those legendary figures are outlaws who disappeared before they could be brought to jus...


Gunning For God

It’s a blazingly hot and humid day in the rural small town of Albany, Ga., in June 2010, and Ken Bevel is having a very hard day. He’s been carjacked repeatedly, each time jumping onto the driver’s side door of…



Beating the Odds

Hollywood loves making movies about people struggling with deadly diseases, whether it’s the race against time in Contagion or tearjerkers like Love Story and Beaches, in which the characters who contract cancer wring emotion...


Playing for Passion

All too often the concept of “may the best man win” has come to mean that the side with the most money gets to enjoy a cakewalk to victory. But as the world has devolved a win at all costs…


Two Kinds of Drive

While it may not merit an Oscar, the new comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It offers pure comic joy, with a stellar cast of comic veterans matched by a pitch-perfect script and energetic direction that come together for…



Infectious Entertainment

Imagine your wife takes a business trip to Hong Kong and when she comes home she seems to have a truly nasty case of the flu: sweats, shakes, splotchy skin and unending coughing and sniffles. Within two days she passes…


A Higher Calling

Inside every actor is a director dying to take control of a film and show what they’re really capable of doing. Usually an actor has to reach the iconic status of a Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks or Robert DeNiro to…


House of Horrors

There are certain primal fears that seem to affect all of us as children: fear of the dark, fear of strange noises, fear of old houses. In the new film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, little Sally (Bailee Madison)…



No Help Needed

After two months of gross-out comedies, superhero adventures and pointless sequels, the Oscar-worthy film The Help is actually as refreshing as a tall, cool glass of iced tea on a hot Mississippi afternoon. The Help follows a ...


Tasty Treats in the Dog Days of Summer

With a Conan the Barbarian reboot so apparently bad that its studio, Lionsgate, is completely hiding it from critics and a Fright Night remake offering up warmed-over scares from a 1980s film that barely scored any box office r...


Ape over Rise

There are some film genres that I’m not likely to enjoy. Torture porn is one. Costume/period dramas are another. Sci-fi/fantasies rank third. After getting a little burnt out and cranky from seeing too many movies, I found my...



Whiting Out Racism

When Bryon Widner started getting tattoos as a teenager in Albuquerque, he never imagined that he would someday be portrayed on national television as a notorious example of racial hatred. At the time, he was just a high school...


Crazy Stupid Aliens

Summer is when the movie business provides something for every taste, and this weekend offers perhaps the most ridiculously extreme examples of this longstanding practice in some time with the openings of the intelligent romant...


Comedy with Benefits

It’s easy to look at the movies coming out of Hollywood these days and declare that the movie industry has completely run out of ideas. After all, we just had the eighth installment of Harry Potter, the fourth Pirates of…



Everyone’s Everyman

Every high school has its troubled teens, whether they’re wallflowers watching the world go by or enraged outsiders who bully others—or worse, attempt Columbine-style massacres. Terri paints an intimate portrait of one of ...


Dirty work

During my 16 years in the working world, I’ve had some pretty bad bosses. One was Glenn, a guy so high-strung and hot-tempered that he once threw a folder at my head. That happened in front of about 50 coworkers,…


A Spiritual Experience

I haven’t seen anything this startling by a U.S. director since the days of Stanley Kubrick. But, in what feels like a tribute to the Zen master, the ghostlike Terrence Malick has provided us a rare jewel of a film,…



Bad Movie

Sometimes a movie comes along that is so terrible that one can only wonder what went wrong. Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz as a terrible person who somehow lands a teaching job, is such a film. The threadbare plot revolves...


A long, strange Trip

Growing up is great. You make more money, have a better understanding of people and learn to appreciate the finer things in life. Growing old, though, sucks. Not just physically. I’m talking about the emotional toll it takes ...


Walkin’ After Midnight

Director Woody Allen has a new lover, only this time she’s the star and he’s the one basking in her glow. Who might that be? None other than the City of Lights, which Allen lovingly reveals in all her sensuous…



Everything is beautiful

Sometimes our worst problems just sneak up on us. The moment that pushes us too far with our anger, or the need to win that eventually crosses the line into a gambling addiction, the split-second of weakness that makes someone&...