Movie Reviews

  • 11:14am Mar 29, 2013

    Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot'

    Gimme The Loot is a new independent film that's had a charmed life, including winning the best narrative prize at South by Southwest and an appearance at Cannes. The comedy is written and director by Adam Leon.
  • James Franco stars as the Wizard of Oz before the Wizard meets Dorothy in Oz the Great and Powerful.
    Walt Disney Pictures
    1:34pm Mar 08, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Oz': Neither Great Nor Powerful

    There are three reasons to see this prequel to the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz: the trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. But James Franco, who stars as the wizard-in-the-making, disappoints — and the film as a whole is a bit snoozy.
  • A film still of New York City from 1952's This Is Cinerama. The film was meant to introduce audiences to the new Cinerama widescreen.
    Flicker Alley LLC
    2:51pm Mar 04, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies

    In the 1950s, as movie directors were trying to offer TV watchers something they couldn't get on a small screen, Cinerama films threw three simultaneous images onto a curved screen to create peripheral vision. Two classic Cinerama films — This Is Cinerama and Windjammer — are now out on DVD.
  • 6:58am Mar 01, 2013

    Movie Review: 'Jack The Giant Slayer'

    The story of Jack and his beanstalk has been filmed innumerable times by people as diverse as Gene Kelly, Chuck Jones and the Three Stooges. While he's been through the Hollywood shuffle before, there's never been a Jack tale that's delivered so little pleasure for so many dollars.
  • 11:26am Feb 12, 2013
    Sports Sports

    Super Bowl Underdogs, Are Stats On Their Side?

    The Baltimore Ravens hope to top off their run to the Super Bowl with a win in the big game Sunday. If they do, they'll continue a trend of unlikely champions — six of the past eight Super Bowl victors weren't the top seeds in their conferences.
  • 11:26am Feb 12, 2013

    How 'Sound City' Changed The Face Of Rock 'N' Roll

    Sound City is a documentary that came out of the Sundance Film Festival about a legendary recording studio in Van Nuys, California. It's a mash note to the Neve soundboard in the Sound City studios.
  • Brutus (Salvatore Striano) fixes a wild stare at the witnesses and conspirators after Julius Caesar's murder, in a scene from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die.
    Adopt Films
    1:09pm Feb 08, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Caesar' Comes Alive In An Italian Prison

    In Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's new film, Caesar Must Die, a group of prisoners put on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's barely an hour and a quarter, and it's physically small-scale, but it's so compressed it wears you out — in a good way.
  • The documentary The Gatekeepers examines Israeli security policy in interviews with six former heads of the secretive  Shin Bet agency.
    Sony Pictures Classics
    10:24am Feb 01, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Gatekeepers' Let Us Inside Israeli Security

    The Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Dror Moreh is not a defense of Israeli security policy, but a critique. The six Shin Bet heads Moreh interviews may believe in the tactics they devised, but it's the overall strategy they think is flawed.