Film Review: “Chef”

Come December, I won’t be surprised if I name Jon Favreau’s Chef as my favorite film of the year. I don’t anticipate another movie that will excite, inspire, and surprise me quite the way Chef did. I went into it expecting ...

Blu-ray Review: “Don Jon”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt can proudly add another hyphenate to his name. As the writer-director (and star) of Don Jon, Gordon-Levitt shows great promise in both categories. The film takes on the cliched conventions of the modern day rom-com and has fun with ...

10 Movies…About Magicians (To Prepare You For ‘Now You See Me’)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last weekend’s huge Arrested Development revival. Evidence: it stars Michael Cera look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, new A.D. cast member Isla Fisher, ...

Blu-ray Review: “Hitchcock”

­Hitchcock tries to be two stories, one about Alfred Hitchcock (a latex covered Anthony Hopkins) and his decision to make the violent psychological thriller, Psycho, the other about his marriage to his smart and talented wife, Alma (Helen Mirren). If this ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Avengers”

I’ve now seen The Avengers four times: Twice in the theater, once on a plane, and once when we got the Blu-ray. Each time I was with my son, and each time I was able to set aside any ...

Film Review: “The Avengers”

Warning: this review contains spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen The Avengers, you might want to hold off on reading this.

When I got the invitation to an advanced screening of The Avengers, I didn’t hesitate in responding that ...

TV Review: American Masters, “Woody Allen: A Documentary”

Whether or not you’re a fan of Woody Allen, the writer, comedian, and auteur, this American Masters documentary is an exemplary study of the artist, from his humble beginnings growing up in Brooklyn, to his continuing career as one of the ...

Watch the New “Avengers” Trailer

Well, you’ll still have to wait until next May to watch the whole thing, but Marvel is starting to get serious about sharing glimpses of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. And not just the kinda boring stills they gave Entertainment Weekly a couple ...

Filminism: Female Friendships

If you are a woman, the relationship you have with your best girlfriends is special. It’s different than any you have with your parents, siblings, romantic partners or even other friends. Your best girlfriend almost always knows you better than anyone else. ...

Exit Music (For a Film): “Lost in Translation”

When I was living in Johannesburg, I spent about four months dating a woman who worked as a professional editor for film and television commercials. She put together a video of surfing clips for me to help me promote “Groundswell,” and while ...

Listening Booth: Scarlett Johansson, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”

When it was announced that Scarlett Johansson was going to release an album, there was actually reason to be hopeful. Her sultry, smooth cover of “Summertime,” the first recording of her singing to be released, is actually pretty good. Unfortunately, her new ...