"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters—a new action film presented in IMAX 3D that is very loosely based on the famous German fairy tale—delivers surprisingly profound commentary on the epidemic of diabetes."
— From our film critic’s review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in 3D. (Just read it to find out why, already.)
"With ‘Gangster Squad,’ we get a pulpy endorsement of extrajudicial killing, made all the more palatable by Ryan Gosling’s roguish charms. Meanwhile, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ delivers a history lesson in how America conquered Bin Laden through the sheer force of torture and feminist overtones."
"Tarantino has not only accomplished all of this genre-busting, but has managed to do it while making white people enjoy watching what is essentially a two-hour-plus lecture on racism in American film, an extended fuck you to DW Griffith and John Ford, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood."
— Adam Serwer on the new tarantino film, Django Unchained
"If Matt Damon & Co. really wanted to make a movie that would scare American audiences off of fracking for good, they should have just made a movie dramatizing fracking’s potential threat to America’s beer. Instead, what we get is a quaint love story wrapped in a conspiracy movie, draped in a toothless political polemic, festooned with mawkish aimlessness."
A trailer-trash opera, a Great Recession movie, bootleggers, Channing Tatum, and an HBO documentary all made our film critic’s “best of 2012” list. (Adam Sandler and Lindsay Lohan made the list of “very worst.”)