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 [...]

2014 in review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — what a difference a mixtape makes

How did Guardians of the Galaxy become the biggest hit of 2014 in the U.S.? These characters weren't exactly household names. Writer-director James Gunn's many jokes helped, undoubtedly. But the movie's secret weapon was a humble cassette tape. Read more [...]

2014 in the rear view: It’s a Marvel Universe we live in

Marvel movies ruled the box office in 2014; the company struck gold even with little-known weirdos like the Guardians of the Galaxy. The waning of the superhero genre appears to be nowhere in sight. But if that's the case, there should be superheroine movies, too. Read more [...]