The antidote to blockbuster season: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series

Hand-picked by Martin Scorsese, this series of Polish movies is an impeccable lineup, and its arrival in L.A. couldn't be better timed. A curious moviegoer won't go wrong with any of these medieval epics and politically charged thrillers — and you might be surprised to find a certified stoner classic in here as well. Read more [...]

Top 10 movies of 2013: One man’s non-curmudgeonly list

Despite the stretches of the summer that felt like a wasteland at the multiplex, 2013 turned out to be a very good year for movies. Although I saw 160 movies last year (96 of which were assignments), I still wouldn't claim this list is definitive — there are too many new releases now, on all sorts of distribution channels, for that. 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 [...]

(Most of) ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is Martin Scorsese’s best feature in 20 years

Martin Scorsese's latest movie is sprawling and vulgar. It's also scathingly funny, and an acid social critique. Even though there's little violence here, the similarities to his earlier gangster pictures are precisely the point. Read more [...]