‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" 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 [...]