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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Maybe 3D does have a purpose; it makes Michael Bay's third Transformers movie worth watching.
3D adds an illusion of depth
| July 01, 2011
Grace Zabriskie on Big Love and marriage
Through the course of 80 films and countless television guest spots, actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with directors as varied as David Lynch, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay.
| March 18, 2011
Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
For a couple of hours, I was enjoying the latest iteration of the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, which is called Peace Walker . Unlike the massive, bloated, self-important Metal Gear Solid 4 , this portable installment felt lean and mean.
The latest Metal Gear Solid sends mixed signals
| July 02, 2010
Review: Iron Man 2
Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
| May 07, 2010
Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The last of the ’80s horror icons to be murdered by producer Michael Bay’s “re-imaginings,” Freddy Krueger was the one least in need of a makeover.
Unnecessary remake a nightmare, indeed
| May 07, 2010
Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?
Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
| January 29, 2010
The plots thicken
Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
| September 11, 2009
Michael Bay's raging ID presents:
Big Fat Whale
| August 28, 2009
Ben's ovulating wife, Anna, does understand that this is something he needs to do, even if she can't quite understand why. I'm with her there.
It ain't gay if it's art!
| July 24, 2009
Interview: Kathryn Bigelow
Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
| July 10, 2009
Revenge of the Fallen has already achieved at least one Hollywood first: it's the only major movie I know of to be released without press notes.
Mechanical failure; expect no change from this Transformers
| June 26, 2009
Review: Friday the 13th (2009)
Jason Voorhees's bloody hands have developed green thumbs.
A suspense-less rampage
| February 11, 2009
Wish-fulfillment for a burning world
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
| December 08, 2008
Interview: Simon Pegg
Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.
Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
| October 01, 2008
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
| April 22, 2008
Cinema of suffering
Film, like most arts, tries to turn misery into entertainment.
The Palestinian Film Festival and the films of Pedro Costa
| September 25, 2007
You’ve gotta hand it to the Middle East Upstairs for understanding a little thing called volume .
Superpower, Milo's Syndicate, Middle East Upstairs, July 16, 2007
| July 17, 2007
Toys are us
Transformers is a movie in disguise.
Transformers puts the commercial back into cinema
| July 03, 2007
Bruce Willis lets loose
I n the middle of my conversation with Bruce Willis at the Four Seasons, the lights inexplicably go out and we’re plunged into darkness.
On the Die Hard films, Paris Hilton, and what scares him
| June 29, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Picture Agatha Christie buggered by Michael Bay, with (old-school) Peter Jackson administering lube.
Laughs and piles of bodies
| April 18, 2007
What happened to D.J. Caruso?
A Rear Window redux
| April 10, 2007
Smiles all around
Born in France in 1921, the spry octogenarian Chris Marker plays detective with a camera in Chats perchés|The Case of the Grinning Cat , which is playing all week at the Brattle Theatre.
Marker’s cats; Bujalski and the Times
| January 17, 2007
Dots and dashes
Just about any list of the greatest character actors working today would include David Morse. And with good cause.
The career of David Morse
| June 22, 2006
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