The 'Salinger' Trailer is Phony and Ridiculous
July 03, 2013

Let’s begin by admitting that this is an easy target: The movie trailer is hardly (ever?) a paragon of nuance.

'In the Fog': What Life Is Like Under Occupation
June 29, 2013

The decisive experience of warfare 
is not victory or defeat; it is being occupied. In the Fog is about occupation and the destruction of an understanding of one’s own history—and it's also a masterpiece.

The Surprisingly Left-Wing Politics of 'White House Down'
June 28, 2013

Left-wing action films can never sustain the courage of their convictions.

Cinema of the Unknown Soldier
How war movies got small
June 25, 2013

From The Dirty Dozen to Zero Dark Thirty: How war movies got small.

The Guts and Energy of 'World War Z'
June 21, 2013

Good times to be a zombie in Hollywood.

Naturalism, Beauty, and Babies
June 14, 2013

It would be hard to name the most brutal example of naturalism since the style came in about a century ago, and the last place one would have looked for a contender is the Venice Film Festival.

'The Kings of Summer' Warms, and 'The Iceman' Chills
June 14, 2013

The Kings of Summer is a fresh delight, full of amiable, foolish people and the casual persistence of common lives. I can’t say the same for The Iceman.

Sofia Coppola's Crusade Against American Materialism
'The Bling Ring' is her boldest indictment yet of the way we live now
June 14, 2013

'The Bling Ring' is her boldest indictment yet of the way we live now.

Not Just a Bloodbath
The surprising politics of 'The Purge'
June 10, 2013

Sure it’s a bloodbath, but the bath is as scathing as acid.

The Lives of Others
What surveillance footage will never tell us
June 07, 2013

What surveillance footage will never tell us.