I Want My DVD: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

by Ethan Alter May 22, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McG declares war on audiences looking for a good action comedy in This Means War.

This Means War: Your Burning Questions Answered

by Ethan Alter February 14, 2012 6:05 am
<i>This Means War</i>: Your Burning Questions Answered

If you're like us, the trailer for the new action-laced romantic comedy This Means War left you with a ton of questions. Sure, "Why was this movie made?" is the most obvious one, but the premise -- two CIA agents (Tom Hardy and Chris Pine) fall in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) -- confused us for other reasons as well. Now that we've seen the McG-directed film -- which will have Valentine's Day showings tonight before opening in general release on Friday -- we can address some of the burning questions it raises. Questions like...

Star Trek Into Darkness: Boys and Their Toys

by Ethan Alter May 16, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i>: Boys and Their Toys

After turning it over in my brain a bit, I think I've come up with an analogy for why Star Trek Into Darkness proves so disappointing as the second entry in J.J. Abrams's rebooted Trek film franchise. Bear with me a moment while I set this up: (Warning: Spoilers Follow)

Rise of the Guardians: Keep the Faith

by Ethan Alter November 21, 2012 5:59 am
<i>Rise of the Guardians</i>: Keep the Faith

Kids movies generally try to be inclusive, but DreamWorks Animation's latest cartoon Rise of the Guardians is built on a faulty premise that excludes a healthy chunk of its audience from the get-go. Here's the set-up: long, long ago, when Earth was shrouded in darkness after the sun set (electricity still being a few centuries off), the bogeyman Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) -- as in Pitch Black -- held sway, striking fear into the hearts of little girls and boys. So the Man in the Moon decided to provide these tykes with some inner light in the form of the Guardians -- figures of myth and legend who represent all that is good in the world. As long as children put their faith and belief in the Guardians, they'll never be troubled by the bogeyman. But if that faith is ever shaken, the Guardians -- like another famous sprite whose life hinges on the belief of children -- are at risk of winking out of existence, once again allowing Pitch to infect young minds with his brand of terror.

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