Broken City: Forget It Mark, This Ain’t Chinatown

by Ethan Alter January 18, 2013 6:01 am
<i>Broken City</i>: Forget It Mark, This Ain’t <i>Chinatown</i>

If your goal is to make a contemporary version of Roman Polanski's Chinatown, complete with an anti-heroic private eye and a shady land-grab deal overseen by corrupt politicians and businessmen, you'd best bring your A-game. It's too bad then, that the creative forces behind Broken City -- including director Allen Hughes, screenwriter Brian Tucker and star Mark Wahlberg -- only came to play with their B-game. But hey, even second-string teams can eke out a victory now and then and Broken City turns out to be a solid, if unexceptional, urban crime yarn that updates the Chinatown template from 1930s Los Angeles for 2010s New York, although the movie's version of the Big Apple feels a heck of a lot closer to the '90s than today.

I Want My VOD: V/H/S 2

by Ethan Alter June 6, 2013 10:33 am
I Want My VOD: <i>V/H/S 2</i>

The sequel to the horror anthology promises more gory found footage hijinks.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

by Ethan Alter April 30, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"So Jennifer... how much does an Oscar weigh, anyway?"

I Want My VOD: It's a Disaster

by Ethan Alter April 11, 2013 10:56 am
I Want My VOD: It's a Disaster

If you've ever wanted to see David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in the same movie... well, now you can through the magic of VOD.

Indie Snapshot: Four Comedies and A Drama

by Ethan Alter August 3, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: Four Comedies and A Drama

Laugh it up at this weekend with four indie comedies, including The Babymakers and Celeste and Jesse Forever.

The Discreet Charm of the TV Movie

by Lauren Gitlin December 2, 2008 4:12 pm
The Discreet Charm of the TV Movie Through a confluence of mystical forces that included a borderline food coma, a shoddy remote control, and a level of laziness I defy anyone to equal, I found myself a few years back absorbed in watching that Christmas-time TV movie staple of the modern era, Love Actually. Though I freely admit that I have been known to succumb to the charms of countless saccharine rom-coms, even I didn't deign to spend money on a ticket to see this film when it came out in theaters. Nor did I feel compelled to rent it on DVD, or even on-demand it on one of those bleak, self-pitying Saturday nights when you're too hungover/depressed/full of pizza to drag yourself out of your house. But on that fateful night, the stars aligned and I found myself staring transfixed into the deep pools of Keira Knightly's eyes, guffawing at Colin Firth's bumbling attempts to woo, and tearing up at the mere sight of a broken, grieving Liam Neeson.

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