Horror Rod Lott
If they can’t afford megawattage spectacle, filmmakers still can stand
out by putting comparatively fresh twists on well-established concepts.
Three new indie horror efforts do just that.
Documentary Rod Lott
As director Deborah Anderson states at the beginning of her documentary, Aroused is not a story about pornography, but about women. For half of its 69-minute running time (deliberate?), I believed her.
More paranormal activity among teens with romance on their minds.
Drama Rod Lott
I'm beginning to think that YA stands not for "young adult," but "yet
another" — as in yet another book-based, supernatural-tinged teen
romance to emerge in Twilight's wake. Beautiful Creatures is one of them. It's much better than Twilight, but hell, what's not?
When brokenhearted, middle-aged people assemble for a wedding in Italy, that’s amore.
Drama Rod Lott
On paper — or computer screen — Love Is All You Need sounds like an overdose of saccharine. Even swallowing just a few plot keywords could trigger symptoms: “widower,” “wedding” and “breast cancer.”
Thriller Rod Lott
Now that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has had three back-to-back hits this season in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and, of course, Fast & Furious 6, it's time to catch up with the one film of his this year audiences ignored: Snitch.
A comedy classic turns 30; moose outside shoulda told ya.
Comedy Rod Lott
I found out long ago it's a long way down the Holiday Road — three
decades, to be precise. I forever hold an extra-special affinity for
1983's National Lampoon's Vacation,
not just because it's a modern comedy classic, but because it was the
first R-rated movie I got to see in theaters; I was 12. (Thank you,
Janice Haunschild, for convincing my mom she had nothing to worry
Make time for the brilliant, moving conclusion to Richard Linklater’s trilogy of tales of Jesse and Celine.
Drama Phil Bacharach
In Before Midnight, the latest of director Richard Linklater’s odes to romance — a high-minded odyssey begun with Before Sunrise in 1995 and continued with Before Sunset in 2004 — there’s a sly bit that reflects the personal baggage fans of this trilogy bring to the multiplex.
Sci-Fi Rod Lott
Tobe Hooper got a raw deal. The director of horror hits The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist didn't deserve to be sent to movie jail for 1985's Lifeforce.
It's a well-crafted, well-intentioned work that was mismarketed and
misunderstood, losing a bundle of money and soon sending Hooper into the
lands of episodic television and direct-to-video features.