Film Review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

Don’t blame the filmmakers of Penguins of Madagascar for the recent troubles at Dreamworks Animation. The movie may feel like the company just cashing in on the most popular characters of their Madagascar franchise (the animated TV show certainly did), but ...

PopSmarts: A Reputation For Difficulty

We who take it as a vocation to criticize the efforts of others must take great care to keep our own behavior above reproach. It is particularly bad form to take a fellow critic to task when he or she ...

Blu-ray Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is but one of many transgressions the movie series has made “in the canon.” If we look to Gene Roddenberry’s initial concept for the TV series, it was based on a utopian, slightly hippy-dippy aspirational concept of human ...

No Concessions: “Frankenstein,” Live Onstage at the Movies

I saw London’s biggest stage sensation a couple of days ago, and not because Popdose sent me (like that would ever happen). I just walked across Flatbush Avenue and took my seat at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Frankenstein was ...

TV Review: Masterpiece Mystery, “Sherlock”

The Sunday night tv scheduled just got a little more complicated than it already is, at least for the next three weeks. In addition to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Bored To Death, and Eastbound and Down, and Showtime’s Dexter, PBS has entered the ...