The mean girls of Rome: ‘Caterina in the Big City’

Fans of The Great Beauty, this year's winner for Best Foreign-Language Film, should seek out this little-known comic gem from 2003. Like Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar winner, it's a witty portrait of modern-day Italy — seen here through the eyes of an eighth-grade girl. Read more [...]

Just what the heck is ‘Veronica Mars,’ anyway?

The Internet buzz about the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie has no doubt left plenty of people scratching their heads. Perhaps you too have asked, what the hell is Veronica Mars? Here's a brief intro (or refresher) for anyone who hasn't binge-watched in anticipation of the movie. Read more [...]

Honorable mention of 2013: Ten movies that are no mere also-rans

The best argument for the merits of 2013 at the movies is how many worthy contenders there were for both a Top 10 list as well as this list of runners-up. (Let's go easy on the comparisons to 1939, though.) Read more [...]

2013 in review: Despite prophecies of doom, movies aren’t quite dead yet

The experience of viewing movies may be changing, and not always for the better, but that's no reason to assume that creativity is in decline. To state the obvious, good movies can come from anywhere, and can now be found anywhere. Read more [...]