Middle age seems muddle-aged in Judd Apatow's familial comedy.
Comedy Phil Bacharach
Judd Apatow has given us some hilariously raunchy comedies, but This Is 40finds
the writer-director in his grown-up mode, at least in intent,
extracting the funny from the advent of middle age. But his
understanding of life in the 40s isn’t necessarily the universal kind.
Western Rod Lott
As he did with 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, superstar filmmaker Quentin Tarantino looked to Italy for primary inspiration for his follow-up. In Django Unchained, he’s
cribbed the country’s spaghetti Western genre, shoehorned the
all-American slavesploitation film into its center, and rewritten
another ugly chapter in world history while filtering it all through his
Movies Unlimited catalog lens.
Rock Louis Fowler
The Flaming Lips’ latest cover album, Playing Hide and Seek with the
Ghosts of Dawn, is a song-by-song remake of King Crimson’s 1969 classic,
In the Court of the Crimson King. Naturally, it’s only available on
hard-to-get, limited-edition colored vinyl.
Thriller Rod Lott
When cast in the right role, which is rarely and does not include Magic Mike, Matthew McConaughey can be an electrifying onscreen presence. His breakthrough bit in 1993′s Dazed and Confused is one of those times; Killer Joe is another.
Television series Rod Lott
While a bit too stiff-upper-lip for my tastes, Synapse Films’ release of the British TV series Chiller is welcomed nonetheless. Any release of a horror anthology is, especially one this little-seen.
Action Rod Lott
Fifth in the increasingly slick but decreasingly lucid franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution had potential to be the best entry since the 2002 original. After all, returning director Paul W.S. Anderson (The Three Musketeers)
has positioned so many elements from the previous films that it seemed
set up to play like a greatest-hits package. Instead, the result is