Film Review: “Iron Man 3″

With Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, and Pacific Rim all due it’s a promising summer for sci-fi and superhero spectacles. First out of the gate is Iron Man 3, which, for me, had the air of a false start. ...

Film Review: “Mud”

With Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011), 34-year-old Jeff Nichols has established himself as a leading voice of independent cinema in this country, and Mud gives us another compelling reason to listen. The filmmaker, who hails from Little Rock, AR, sticks ...

Film Review: “To The Wonder”

Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder was the last film Roger Ebert reviewed. I don’t know if it was the last film he saw, but it is an appropriate movie to go out on. It’s full of ethereal imagery of Oklahoma fields ...

No Concessions: The Lineup

Ah, spring break. Remember those magical weeks of cheap drugs, plentiful booze, and abundant sex? Well, I don’t; in college 30 (sigh) years ago I’d fly from thawing Chicago to somewhat less frigid New Jersey and home, usually with course-related reading material ...

Exit Lines: “Ann”

“Do you like one-person shows?” I was asked before I became an awards nominator for the Drama Desk a few years back. Well, sure; Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore (Barrymore), Mary Louise Wilson as Diana Vreeland (Full Gallop), and Sian Phillips ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: “B” is for “Blob”

Here in the Northeast, spring has been in the air–and out of it, too. So it’s still a good time to stay in, draw from the new release pile, and write some capsule reviews. Look forward to more in the coming weeks. ...

Book Review: “Love for Sale”

I’ve known Cliff Thompson for years. We both contribute to Cineaste magazine, and you can read his typically thought-provoking review of Django Unchained in the spring issue, which is available now. But I didn’t really know Cliff until I read

Film Review: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

First, that title. Based on Jack and the Beanstalk, the movie was originally called Jack the Giant Killer (the title of a nominally related fantasy from 1962). Marketing decided that was too harsh, so it was changed. If I were to ...

Exit Lines: The Ethan Hawke Experience

As a film actor, Ethan Hawke has never much excited me, and I’ll take it on faith that I wouldn’t much care for his novels or self-directed indie movies, either. But a guy who works as hard as he does is ...

Blu-ray Review: “Cabaret”

What’s the best picture not to have won Best Picture at the Oscars? The Heiress (1949) and Brokeback Mountain (2005) sprang immediately to mind; via Twitter, critic Edward Copeland mentioned Citizen Kane (1941) and The Social Network (2010). Cabaret (1972) is ...

Exit Lines: “Golden Boy”

The bad news: It’s been a weak season for new plays on Broadway. The good news: There are some worthwhile revivals. The worst  news: My very favorite, a 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, closes tomorrow ...

No Concessions: Oscar Nominations

And here they are. And here I am, back with that promised “more commentary.” In a spread-the-wealth category that showed more love to, say, The Master and less love to Argo than I would have expected, my gut ...

Exit Lines: “Glengarry Glen Ross”

How successful is the Glengarry Glen Ross revival? So successful that I, long-time theatre scribe and member of the prestigious Drama Desk, was seated in the mezzanine for my press performance. Oh, the indignity, to be plopped in ...

Film Review: “Les Misérables”

True confession: This musicals buff has never seen Les Misérables onstage. Well, not entirely, anyway. Years ago, when it was still on Broadway (its 1987-2003 run was the fourth longest of any show, behind The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, ...

No Concessions: A Rant of My Own

In 2009 I was asked to contribute reviews to a book celebrating the National Film Registry. I was pleased, and indeed honored, to submit entries for Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), King Kong (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), ...

Trailers for the End of the World

Coming very soon…previews of the apocalypse, from off the top of my end (there’s just no time to think)…feel free to add your favorites, if you have the opportunity for anything besides basic survival

Exit Lines: Popdose Goes To The Theatre

Amidst the 2012-2013 theatre season in New York comes a new column about the scene, long overdue. And Dw Dunphy, at least, is happy about it–he created this delightful graphic for it somewhere toward the end of the 2011-2012 one, and ...

No Concessions: Fall Report Card

With my preschooler in the clear from her teachers (except for the swearing) I feel it’s time to evaluate the crop of current releases. From a business perspective, it’s a solid A out there, given a robust Thanksgiving season. That will ...

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

“Fuck you, Sting!” You hear that, or sentiments approximating it, in Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, a new documentary drawn from guitarist Andy Summers’ acclaimed autobiography One Train Later. And Popdose heard it straight from Summers himself as he ...

00Single: Adele, “Skyfall”

Today is Global Bond Day, marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No. And what better way for the franchise to shake and stir you than with the release of the latest Bond theme, which jetpacks the pop ...

No Concessions: Digital Disaster at the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival, which got underway last Friday, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. I’ve attended every year since 1994. I’ve seen dozens of movies there–some extraordinary, many good, some run-of-the-mill, a few terrible. I wondered where Brian De ...

Blu-ray Review: “Jaws”

“It’s like House Hunters for guys,” I said, trying to explain to my wife why the TV always gravitates to a telecast of Jaws when she’s not in charge of the remote. Not that one of the biggest fish of all ...

No Concessions: “The Dark Knight Rises”

My affiliation with Cineaste magazine got me into a screening (on my birthday, as it happens) of …you know, this week’s comic book adaptation. And so for the Cineaste website I tapped out a review. But, as a firm believer ...

CD Review: “Henning Goes to the Movies”

“Henning” is New England singer-songwriter Henning Ohlenbusch. “The movies” are nine that have stuck with him all these years: Joe Versus the Volcano, The Straight Story, Poltergeist, The Year My Voice Broke, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Logan’s Run, Superbad, Amélie, and Meatballs. ...