"In the 2008 episode ‘Subway Hero,’ Jack Donaghy convinces Tracy Jordan to star in this political ad aimed at convincing black Americans not to vote in the 2008 election. The ad is paid for by the Committee To Re-invade Vietnam."
"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.)
Girls returns to HBO tonight. Here’s a discussion about the new season, erotic capital, and more, led by five of MoJo’s twentysomething young women. (And here’s a decidedly less generous assessment of the series from our TV and film critic.)
"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."
"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.”)