"'The Purge,' a bloody horror movie starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, has as much to say about income inequality in 21st century America as it does about triumphantly swinging an ax into the spine of an amoral, wealthy college kid who's trying to kill your family."
Much in the same way that a marketing campaign will go out of its way not to use the word ‘gay’ when promoting a film about two despondent gay cowboys, the marketing campaign for After Earth has gone out of its way not to mention the words ‘M. Night Shyamalan.’
"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.”)