5 Things to Expect Now that Ben Affleck Is Batman

by Ethan Alter August 23, 2013 10:24 am
5 Things to Expect Now that Ben Affleck Is Batman

Now that we've all had a few hours to digest the head-scratching Ben Affleck is Batman news, here are five things this dubious casting announcement implies.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 7, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ben Affleck is a rebel rebel in Runner Runner

Convention or Film Festival? You Decide!

by Tippi Blevins August 19, 2008 1:56 pm
Convention or Film Festival?  You Decide! Later this month, movie stars and producers will descend upon Colorado. Hollywood's A-listers will rub shoulders with the industry elite, hobnob with the wealthy, attend exclusive parties, promote their causes, and get a sneak peek at a slate of movies. Is it the highly regarded Telluride Film Festival they're all turning out for? Not this time around. According to The Hollywood Reporter, what's got actors and producers all frothing with an excitement usually reserved for prestigious film festivals and awards ceremonies is, instead, the Democratic National Convention.

Runner Runner: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

by Angel Cohn October 4, 2013 6:00 am
<I>Runner Runner</I>: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

If you are looking for something thought-provoking and original to see this weekend, your best option would probably be Gravity. But if you just want a fast-paced slick film with some fight scenes and a lot of shots of people pretty people gambling, then Runner Runner is for you.

To the Wonder: Malick Being Malick

by Ethan Alter April 12, 2013 8:00 am
<i>To the Wonder</i>: Malick Being Malick

If you're not already a card-carrying member in the cult of Terrence Malick, I'm not sure that I'd use To the Wonder as a recruitment tool, as this slender wisp of a romantic drama represents both the director's simplest, yet strangely most complex work to date. Gone are the beautifully rendered period backdrops that defined Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World, as well as the grand cosmic questions that fueled his last, most divisive film, The Tree of Life. Instead, much like his debut feature, Badlands (recently re-issued in a must-own Criterion Blu-ray edition), Wonder is the small-scale story of two people in love, whose affair is destined to end badly. But where Badlands recounts a relatively straightforward narrative (for Malick, anyway), Wonder pushes his late-career trend towards abstraction and ellipticism well past what may be the breaking point for most viewers, even amongst his most devoted fans. It's not necessarily a difficult film to watch, but it does prove somewhat difficult to love.

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