Cinematic duds and disappointments of 2013, or the Netflix queue from hell

Or, when bad films happen to good actors. In a year that offered so many rewarding movies, no one should squander precious time on these: Read more [...]

Fictional people we love: Lisbeth Salander

Once upon a time Lisbeth Salander’s piercings and Mohawk would have registered as a transgressive notion of what a woman could look like. But in 2011–12, Lisbeth is a pop-culture superheroine. The success of Rooney Mara’s performance as Lisbeth in the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is that the character is much more than a cartoon tough girl. Read more [...]

‘Tanner Hall’ is like detention for Rooney Mara and Brie Larson

The main reason anyone will ever rent this movie is to see Rooney Mara before she suited up to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The movie also offers a chance to see Brie Larson before she too went on to better things. Read more [...]