‘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 [...]

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 [...]