Browsing all articles from June, 2013.

World War Z

World War Z 

  * * * There’s nothing new in World War Z, the reportedly troubled movie adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie apocalypse novel, transformed here into a rousing action picture that plays like a mash up of 28 Days Later and Contagion.  Yet capably directed by Marc Forster and with an appealing turn by producer/star Brad […]

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel 

  * ½ Richard Donner can relax. Charmless, soulless and assaultive, the misfire Man of Steel treads familiar ground—the origin of Superman and his battle with General Zod—replacing both the spirit and mythology of the icon with an angsty identity crisis and a lot of loud explosions and falling buildings. At nearly two and a […]

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Into the Gray Zone: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Explore Personal and Political Intersection in The East, the Year’s Most Provocative Movie

Into the Gray Zone: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Explore Personal and Political Intersection in The East, the Year’s Most Provocative Movie 

    In two films together, writer-actress Brit Marling and writer-director Zal Batmanglij have explored issues of identity, and both spiritual and cultural alienation. Distinct and intelligent, both 2011’s Sound of My Voice, about a mysterious Los Angeles cult leader (the transfixing Marling) and their new film, The East, about an “eco-terror” faction targeting environmentally […]

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The East

The East 

  * * * 1/2 The East, a terrifically thought-provoking thriller about a secret agent that infiltrates an “eco-terrorist” faction targeting billion-dollar corporations culpable in some very dirty deeds, is a hell of a provocative picture, a spy movie that forces us to reexamine our notions of terrorism. Co-written by star Brit Marling and director […]

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Now You See Him: As His Career Heats Up, Dave Franco on the Art of Throwing Cards and The Livelihood of Bananas

Dave Franco looks and sounds a bit like a certain older brother we all know and love. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the charming younger Franco—currently carving out an impressive movie career in big screen comedies like 21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies and the horror reboot Fright Night—has an infectious, manic […]

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