The ‘Entourage’ movie: a brontosaurus at the Polo Lounge

I was recently assigned to watch the Entourage movie, in the middle of an awards season where #OscarsSoWhite and the debate about sexism in the Biz has all but overshadowed the nominees. But even without that going on, Entourage would still seem almost baffling in its cluelessness. Read more [...]

The fine art of the movie poster, Part I: ‘Crimson Peak’

Opening this week: Rarely does a poster alone convince me I need to see a movie, but the posters for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak do just that. The images have an old-school Gothic horror vibe that's both elegant and creepy — they're the graphic equivalent of a crooked finger, beckoning you in to see the film. Read more [...]

‘It Follows’: Something wicked this way comes

It Follows is no hype: this is the best, freakiest horror movie in years. You wouldn't think the simple device of a lone figure steadily advancing toward the camera would inspire so much fear, but director David Robert Mitchell upends the conventions (visual and otherwise) of horror flicks here. Read more [...]

Tolstoy in Austin: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

As everyone knows by now, Richard Linklater shot Boyhood over 12 years. Watching Ellar Coltrane grow up on screen allows viewers to make an unusually personal connection to the film — if you find yourself reflecting on your own life during the movie, you're not alone. Read more [...]

‘A Short History of Decay’: Is it time to ban indie rock from soundtracks?

Out now on DVD and streaming on Amazon and iTunes: The generic indie-rock songs heard in A Short History of Decay seem so randomly, haphazardly placed that you'd think a blindfolded music supervisor jabbed at a timeline in Final Cut Pro, and that’s where the songs landed. Read more [...]