“Cabin in the Woods” is full of surprises

The Cabin in the Woods takes the overdone slasher flick formula, tears it down, and builds it back up.


Cameron went to the bottom of the ocean. So what?

James Cameron made a historic solo dive in his Deepsea Challenger to the Mariana Trench.


“A Separation”: revelatory film about life in contemporary Iran

The movie deserves its Oscar buzz as best foreign film. As with any good artistic experience, moviegoers are transformed as they watch.


African American history through music

The film is a look back at the "Black Power" movement in the years referenced in the title.


Go see "Hugo," "Descendants," skip "Melancholia"

"Hugo" and "The Decendants" get two thumbs up. "Melancholia" on the other hand gets two thumbs down.

Six incredibly bad films inspired by the Cold War

For some filmmakers, the Cold War became a convenient excuse for moronic plotlines, insufferable jingoism, and unapologetically reactionary politics. 


"J. Edgar": masterpiece film about master manipulator

Does Clint Eastwood reveal the ugly truth and dark past about the life of America's most notorious secret policeman in his newest film "J. Edgar?"


In Time: One man's immortality is another man's death

Time is money. In Time seems to take that quite literally. In what is a brilliant metaphor for modern day class segregation, the poor die young and the rich live forever. And a man named Will Salas sets out to do something about it.


From Chernobyl to Islamophobia, new films take on history and politics

The success of "Days of Glory" actually forced the French government to improve benefits to Algerian veterans.


People, presidents and kings star in new documentaries

Documentaries dealing with history and politics come from all corners of the globe.

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