Film: There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow…


Why can't there be friendly monsters in monster movies? Have we become so conditioned by the subgenre immortalized in IshirĂ´ Honda's Gojira (1954) … [Read more...]

Film: Rushdie’s Indians, Gru’s Minions


Watching Midnight's Children, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning 1980 historical novel, I kept … [Read more...]

Film: Little Monsters Unite!


Is there a more exquisite scene in Pixar animation than that final glimpse of Sully, that beast with the freshly shampooed turquoise fur, saying hello … [Read more...]

Film: Youth in Revolt


Friends don't let friends be kleptos. At least that's what I was told growing up. In the fame-obsessed universe Sofia Coppola explores with clear-eyed … [Read more...]

Film: Lighten Up, Supes!


I believe in flying men from outer space. I believe in big Kansas cornfields perfect for secretly breaking the sound barrier on foot. I believe in … [Read more...]

Film: Knowing Me, Knowing You


Part of the appeal of peeking into the lives of Jesse and Celine, the lovestruck but sensible couple at the heart of Richard Linklater's Before … [Read more...]

Film: In Space No One Can Hear You Whine


Sometimes a bad movie makes it all too easy for a reviewer to pick it apart. So it goes for After Earth, a stilted, unbearably dreary sci-fi melodrama … [Read more...]

Film: Sugar Mama and Her Beach Boys


There are few movie subjects as inspirational and life-affirming as the clash between cultures. The annals of filmdom are rife with stories about the … [Read more...]

Film: Geeky Cad, Sister Act


Enough with the psycho routine, both of you! That's right, indie darlings Brady Corbet and Antonio Campos, I'm talking to you. I get it, you want to … [Read more...]