REVIEW: ‘Titanic 3D’ (2012)

Grade: A- I grew up at the perfect age for the backlash of the 90’s pop-culture milestone known as James Cameron’s Titanic. Seeing it on the cusp of my teenage years, being assaulted on a…

Quick Takes – 04.01.12

The Godfather: Part III Grade: A- | 1st Viewing So-called Threequels get kind of a bad rap. Oftentimes, it is either because the filmmakers of the first two films get totally burned out (Spider Man 3),…

REVIEW: ‘The Hunger Games’ (2012)

Grade: B- My biggest frustration with so many films based on a popular source material tends to be the preciousness with which the original text – and by extension, the fan-base that comes with it…

REVIEW: ‘Friends with Kids’ (2012)

Grade: C In the end, Jennifer Westfeldt's directorial debut Friends with Kids is a movie about giving easy answers to difficult questions. It purports to tell a story that is about exposing truths and challenging the…

REVIEW: ‘Silent House’ (2012)

Grade: B- I think I’m addicted to Elizabeth Olsen’s face. I realize how creepy that sounds, but let me try to explain. Having only seen her in two movies – first in last year’s Martha…

REVIEW: ‘John Carter’ (2012)

Grade: C Depending on who you believe, it reportedly cost either $250 million or a great deal more for Andrew Stanton to build Barsoom, the arid Martian world upon which the eponymous hero of John…

Quick Takes – 03.04.12

In Darkness (2012) Grade: B | 1st Viewing Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated In Darkness is unlikely linger the way other Holocaust biographies like Schindler’s List or The Pianist have; this particular cinematic treatment of an incredible true…

MOVIE LISTS: Ranking the Studio Ghibli Films

Pixar gets all the credit for being the world's most unimpeachable movie studio. Yet movie snobs and all-around animation geeks will tell you that every bit as deserving of kudos for consistent excellence in their…

REVIEW: ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ (2012)

Grade: B Perhaps the greatest achievement of nearly any movie coming from Studio Ghibli is that, despite resting their milieu in the magical and the whimsical and the downright gonzo, the emotions and truths they…

REVIEW: ‘Man on a Ledge’ (2012)

Grade: C- Asger Leth’s Man on a Ledge is everything you hoped it would be, provided what you were hoping for was a lazy, personality-free sleepwalk of a heist thriller. It is the sort of…