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 [...]

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 [...]

A skirmish of wit: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’

Americans can do Shakespeare after all: Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing has a distinctly novel, laid-back Californian air. As thoroughly amusing as the movie is, the most intriguing thing about it might be the way Whedon's sensibility shines through. Read more [...]

Best movies of 2012: the ‘Honorable Mention’ category

Since there were more than 10 noteworthy movies in 2012, think of these as more potential candidates for your queue: superheroes, dissidents, indie misfits, and — all the way from Indonesia — what might be the best action movie since the original Die Hard. Read more [...]

Countdown to Halloween: How Joss Whedon spoiled a lot of horror movies for me

Midway through the 1970s vampire flick Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, there's a long chase sequence that's like an exercise in primordial horror imagery. It made me wonder just how many reels of film have been devoted to this sort of scene, a terrified blonde running through the night, pursued by some slavering monster or psychokiller. Read more [...]