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Why So Many Celebrities Are Scientologists
Posted on: Apr 13, 2015, Source: In These Times
The interface of celebrities and Scientology gives the film its main source of fascination.
Why Coen Brother's Latest Flick Makes for Uncomfortable Watching in a Culture Drenched in Positive Thinking
Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: Jacobin
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is one long look at human failure with a lot of humor soaked in between.
America Can Make Great Movies — But We Fall on Our Faces When We Try to Make Snobby 'Art' Films
Posted on: Oct 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
'Escape from Tomorrow' is exhibit A of everything that can go wrong when we try to get all fancypants.
You Don't Watch HBO's 'Enlightened' Religiously? Where Have You Been?
Posted on: Jan 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet
America is being treated to a brilliant satire of the links between the New Age self-actualization movement and the worker hell of corporate America.
FilmSuck: Why America's Great Filmmaking Tradition Went Down the Drain
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet
It boils down to snobbery.
The Problem with Best Films of All-Time Lists -- Even Great Directors Screw Them Up
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012, Source: eXiled Online
A major film institute says that Vertigo is now the best movie ever, a spot Citizen Kane held for 50 years. What gives?
Nora Ephron: Not So Great
Posted on: Jun 29, 2012, Source: eXiled Online
Why is everyone bending over backwards to praise Nora Ephron's mediocrity?
The Horror of HBO's "Girls"
Posted on: May 3, 2012, Source: eXiled Online
The mumblecore cancer has spread.
The Hunger Games: Don't Fall for the Fluff of the Season's Most-hyped Film
Posted on: Mar 30, 2012, Source: eXiled Online
Let's consider this fat sloppy hit film The Hunger Games. Frankly, as a film, it's nothing to tweet about.
Pirates of the Caribbean for Dummies -- How One Director Can Sink a Pretty Good Movie Series
Posted on: May 24, 2011, Source: eXiled Online
It's a great film education watching Rob Marshall, the director replacing Gore Verbinski, wreck the Pirates franchise in one go.
Why Treat Hollywood Flick 'Bridesmaids' Like a Feminist Triumph? It's Just Not That Good
Posted on: May 17, 2011, Source: eXiled Online
Bridesmaids is apparently a big deal. If we don’t all go see it, there will never be another movie made about women again. Or something like that.
Thor: Don't Kill Yourself Over It
Posted on: May 10, 2011, Source: eXiled Online
The latest superhero 'biopic' reinforces great shocker that Hollywood's only in it for the money
'Rango': A Cartoon Movie for Kids That Doesn't Sugar Coat Reality
Posted on: Mar 10, 2011, Source: eXiled Online
Rango has put the fangs back into children’s entertainment.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Why Charlie Sheen and Two And A Half Men Are A Reflection of America
Posted on: Mar 1, 2011, Source: eXiled Online
Libertine elites or boozy couches -- this is us.
The Coen Brothers' True Grit: Putting John Wayne to Shame
Posted on: Dec 29, 2010, Source: eXiled Online
Critics need to chill about the Coens' lack of proximity to the original film, and see the new version for the great work it is.
Has F/X Hit the Jackpot With Racy New Animated Series 'Archer'?
Posted on: Feb 15, 2010, Source: eXiled Online
It's a spoof of the James Bond-type spy genre, which doesn't sound too good, but never underestimate what Adam Reed of Sealab 2021 can do with moldy genre spoofs.
'Inglourious Basterds': If You Survive the Boring Parts of Quentin Tarantino's New Film, It's Actually Really Good
Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: eXiled Online
It's all eye-poppingly impressive, and the relentlessness of it will still make you want it to stop as you head deep into hour three.
Whoa, 'District 9' Is a Really Good Sci-Fi Action Flick
Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: eXiled Online
There are a couple of strokes of genius in District 9 that renew hopes for the future of genre film.
Harry Potter and the Blah-Di-Blah-Blah
Posted on: Jul 20, 2009, Source: eXiled Online
So Harry Potter, the latest one. How many more to go? Only two? Well, good, that means they'll finish up before the kids turn 30.
Up: This Time, Pixar Has Gone Too Far
Posted on: Jun 2, 2009, Source: eXiled Online
Pixar, the inheritor of Disney's cheesy style, has been pushed to dangerously high glucose levels with their new animated film.
Oliver Stone's "W." -- A Catastrophe Worthy of the Worst President
Posted on: Oct 21, 2008, Source: eXiled Online
You can practically feel Oilver Stone sitting behind you, breathing on the back of your neck and willing you to see the brilliance of his vision.
Will Smith's 'Hancock' Fiasco
Posted on: Jul 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet
"Hancock" is supposed to be a wry commentary on the pressure of being Will Smith, but the message gets lost in a big-budget Hollywood train wreck.
If You Like Apocalypse Flicks, You Might Like Shyamalan's 'The Happening'
Posted on: Jun 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet
M. Night Shyamalan's latest film is about an airborne mystery toxin that causes people to kill themselves -- and it's not bad.
Indiana Jones: Is Spielberg Too Rich and Famous to Be Good Anymore?
Posted on: May 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Spielberg's inventiveness fails a half-hour into the latest <i>Indiana Jones</i>, but the rest of the movie coasts on its zillion-dollar budget.
'Prince Caspian': Sugarpuff Christian Propaganda Dressed Up As a Dark Children's Movie
Posted on: May 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet
This movie is so long, so slow, so cheesy, so pumped full of phony computer graphics that there's nothing to stop it from making a billion dollars.
Gitmo Injustices Get Satirical Treatment From Harold & Kumar
Posted on: Apr 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet
The iconic teens come face to face with the injustices at Gitmo -- and young audiences are going to eat it up.
'Stop Loss': Patriotic Bluster Dressed up As a Protest Movie
Posted on: Apr 2, 2008, Source: The eXile
'Ah signed up thinkin' Ah was goin' there fer mah country.' Hayseed accents can't hide the film's glamorization of war.
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