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A standard story questioning the root of passions within a wealthy family is upgraded with quiet execution in 'I Am Love'


Music

Mike Robertson
The story of the individual caught between duty and desire has been told in a thousand ways, but it's a story that still has the power to captivate.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grown Ups


Comedy

Mike Robertson
Nostalgia is a reductive, lazy and ultimately boring activity that reductive, lazy and ultimately boring people use to shirk responsibility for the supposedly sucky present.
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Despite its A-list cast and awesome comic potential, 'Jonah Hex' is vexingly bad


Music

Mike Robertson
It's difficult, if not impossible, to predict whether a movie will be good or bad. Sometimes you hear about a movie that just sounds stupid ("Avatar" comes to mind), and then it makes a billion dollar...
 
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Displaying cultural obsession with bugs, 'Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo' is more curious than creepy


Music

Mike Robertson
Over the last 25 to 30 years, we in the United States have become increasingly aware and fascinated with Japanese pop culture. Anime, manga, Pokémon, Dragonballs, Airbenders and all manner of odd, wha...
 
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand join forces for a near-perfect comedy in 'Get Him to the Greek'


Music

Mike Robertson
Sequels usually maintain a certain consistency from their source material. Even if it isn't a direct continuation of the original story, the characters and their places within the fictional universe a...
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010

'Mother' keeps the tone light while delivering a punch


Music

Mike Robertson
In "Mother," 20-something Yoon Do-joon (Bin Won) lives with his mom (Hye-ja Kim), still sharing a bed with her and allowing her to treat him like a boy. She watches Do-joon while she works, worries ab...
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010

'SNL' skit turned action movie parody 'MacGruber' disarms disaster and outlives expectations


Music

Mike Robertson
As we've seen several times over the last 30 years, adapting sketches from "Saturday Night Live" into full-length movies is a hit-and-miss proposition. For every "The Blues Brothers," we get five "Con...
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010

American dance pioneer Anna Halprin's often-controversial career subject of 'Breath Made Visible'


Music

Mike Robertson
Art, in its purest form, isn't about money or fans or Facebook liking or even about making sense to anyone in particular. It's about the artist doing whatever he or she feels like to move an inner vis...
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Secret of Kells' has stylish visuals that perfectly match its subject matter


Music

Mike Robertson
While people of a certain mind-set view making and enjoying art as a lazy, self-indulgent and ultimately wasteful activity, a lot of other people view it as absolutely necessary for preserving identit...
 
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

 
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Surprisingly lively 'The Last Station' chronicles the last year of Leo Tolstoy's life


Music

Mike Robertson
On its surface, fame seems like a straightforward proposition: Someone does something that is spontaneously recognized by a large number of people. These people all agree together that this person is ...
 
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Half-Life' envisions the end of the world with art-house pacing


Music

Mike Robertson
The end of the world is one of those subjects that people everywhere simultaneously fear and can't stop thinking about. Our mixed reaction to the world's death is a reflection of a struggle with o...
 
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two soldiers tasked with notifying next of kin deliver an emotional narrative in 'The Messenger'


Music

Mike Robertson
Each United States war has produced its own kind of war movie. World War II films generally celebrate the virtues of heroic sacrifice; the Cold War warned against the soul-vampirism of functional Comm...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010
 
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