Past Stories

What Happened?

There are two forms of reality: how things actually happened and the way in which we recall how they occurred. Two vastly different films exploring the gap between truth and perception—the raunchy American comedy The Hangover...


Madness, Dark and Light

There are many ways in which a person can escape the hardships of life, but the way that is paradoxically hardest and easiest to do is to alter one’s mind. Whether through choosing to obliterate one’s consciousness with dru...


Gross Girls

Ever since Animal House 30 years ago, raunchy comedies have been almost exclusively the realm of male actors. From Dumb and Dumber through There’s Something About Mary, on through the likes of Superbad, The 40 Year-Old Virgin...



Falling Fast

One of the greatest appeals of superhero movies lies in their ability to take ordinary humans and give them the power to do extraordinary things, whether they’re a teenager flying through New York City shooting webs in Spider...


Is Nothing Sacred?

Morgan Spurlock, who shook the fast-food world by exposing just how unhealthy a steady diet of McDonald’s menu items can be in the hit documentary Super Size Me, knows the value of a strong media image. After forcing the ent...


Your Highness

Armed with its seemingly endless array of dick jokes, fart gags and profanity, Your Highness is an elaborate attempt at a comedy that also weaves in elements of knighthood, fantasy and science fiction spectacles and adventure...



Killer Fun

When Scream was released in 1996, it turned the movie industry upside down by breaking numerous rules of the horror genre. First, it came out at Christmastime, which was considered a horror-free zone throughout studio history. ...


Taking on Tragedy

These days, it seems everyone wants to be famous—and the younger the person, the more attention-obsessed they seem to be. But what if you garnered international attention because a shark literally bit off your arm? That was ...


Anti Hero

At what point does the stress of modern living become so great that it causes a perfectly good person to snap? That question has been the focus of two of the most memorable films in recent decades—Taxi Driver and Falling&hel...



Vibrant Victories

Mike Flaherty is a simple man, an average Joe living in the New Jersey suburbs with a schlubby body who’s prone to panic attacks and has a struggling law practice with a wife and two young daughters to support. He…


Close Encounters

With the Middle East in turmoil and Japan locked in a nuclear crisis, the whole world could use a laugh right about now. Thankfully, the new sci-fi comedy Paul arrives in theaters Friday, packing many laughs per minute along wi...


More Please

It’s easy to get cynical in a big city, to wonder if you’re ever going to find true love or even true friends or whether you’re instead going to slip through the cracks and be just one more face in…



Choices and Changes

No matter what your background, everyone faces two of the same basic life choices: how to be sure you’ve found your perfect life partner, and how to find a life path that’s meaningful. And just as there are as many…


Score Bored

Being a married guy can be tricky. On one hand, the married man has the security and stability of domestic life. Then again, some men wish they could still play the field, ogling and even hitting on anything in a…


Single White Male

Liam Neeson plays a man who has it all, including rotten luck. The debonair scientist has just arrived in Berlin for a genetics seminar at a posh hotel where he and his young wife (January Jones) will hobnob with Saudi…



Classic Rock

There’s no way to get young kids interested in the plays of William Shakespeare, you might say. However, Elton John has found a way to get their attention. Taking out all the sex and suicide, injecting two catchy new songs&he...


Hell Hole

Those Friday the 13th campers have it easy. They’re just in the woods. Sanctum’s spelunkers-in-peril are in the woods . . . in Papua New Guinea . . . in a watery cave so fathomless they haven’t seen sunlight in…


Holy Terror

Think of Hollywood movies about devils and exorcisms; The Exorcist likely springs to mind first. Shocking audiences in 1973, that film went on to win a Best Picture Oscar and become a worldwide smash hit that continues to rattl...



A Simple Fantasy

Boys and girls have been falling in love in romantic comedies ever since Harold Lloyd derailed his crush’s wedding in Gun Shy. (They’ve been falling in love longer in the real world, though the odds of a happy ending are&he...


The Dilemma

Kevin James and Vince Vaughn are college buddies and co-workers in a start-up that engineers engines they pray will be mass-produced by Detroit. Twenty years ago, James married his undergrad sweetheart Winona Ryder while Vaughn...


The Green Hornet

Oddball auteur Michel Gondry has directed scramblers (Human Nature), flops (Be Kind Rewind), modern classics (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and even comedy shows (Dave Chapelle’s Block Party). But The Green Horne...



Country Strong

Country music makes for great melodrama. Its fans believe that a comeback is a Christian right; their superstar transgressors are forgiven faster than an ex-con rapper can yelp “Free Weezy!” Writer-director Shana Feste’s ...


Summer Wars

From Japan comes this chirpy cartoon counterpart to Tron: Legacy. In the near future, there’s the world we know and the world of OZ, a social networking online über game where one billion avatars (a cupcake with a top ha...


Flick Picks

2010 was a lousy year for movies. The studios invested just $260 million on creative, bold projects: $200 million on Inception and the rest on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Our Oscar contenders, as ever, are crowd-pleasing cowa...



Somewhere

In Somewhere, Sofia Coppola plays anthropologist to track an actor through his native habitat, the Sunset Strip’s Chateau Marmont. Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is sliding downward from his peak, the kind of imperceptib...


True Grit

“The wicked flee when none pursueth,” opens the Coen brothers’ bleak western, but the Proverbs quote is a red herring. Dumb and deadly Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) is on the run after shooting his boss in the back, only he’...


Tron: Legacy

Remember the last time you yelled at your computer? It does. Twenty-eight years have passed since software genius Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) created his personified programs—bytes that become men inside the matrix—and they...



Lion’s Share

“In your world, I have another name,” purrs Aslan. Gee, I wonder? C.S. Lewis’ second secret way of calling the big cat is the reason why Focus on the Family has staged the complete Chronicles of Narnia, and it’s also&...