How in the world is anybody supposed to make a successful movie about the journalists who brought the sexual abuse coverups in the Catholic church to global headlines? Let’s ask Peter Jackson. “Orcs,” he says. “All you need to do is create a new subplot in which there are some Catholic orcs
As The Peanuts Movie opens in theaters, the news seems to be good.
Bridge of Spies is on a long list of films I plan to catch after I meet a bunch of homework deadlines. I’m thrilled to see a Steven Spielberg film drawing such high praise so consistently from sources I find generally reliable. Have you seen it? Post your thoughts below.
Should I do it? Should I walk out onto the Robert Zemeckis tightrope between contemplative art and sensationalistic entertainment once again? Most of the time, I go tumbling into a void of clumsy storytelling, shallow philosophizing, and sentimentality. But once in a while, Zemeckis can deliver a charge of ambitious
The Martian has a reputation: Science enthusiasts — even more than science fiction enthusiasts — think the novel is the best thing since the Large Hadron Collider. Of course, it takes more than a lot of scientific details to make a great novel. And it’s even more of a challenge to
When War Room, the latest movie by the Kendrick brothers (who also made Facing the Giants), scored the #1 spot at the box office — on a very weak moviegoing weekend, with little in the way of competition — the film’s media campaign became celebratory, as if this was some kind
Since I haven’t had a chance to see Jurassic World yet, I asked the Looking Closer Specialists for their first impressions. Here’s what they’re saying…
I hoped that Brad Bird would experience a much more positive response to his own passion project — the long-anticipated Tomorrowland — than Andrew Stanton did for his passion project, “John Carter.”
Featuring a guest review by my new friend N. D. Wilson, author of Boys of Blur, Death by Living, 100 Cupboards, and more.