Batman's Movie-Sidekick Robin Is Finally a Woman (Maybe)

Filming for 2016's mega-mega-blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is motoring right along, preparing to destroy villains and box offices the world over. Ben Affleck is cast as the controversial Batman, of course, and Henry Cavill will reprise his role as a detrimentally uncontroversial Superman. Now,… » 10/17/14 6:10pm 10/17/14 6:10pm

Lucy Is Slaying Hercules at the Box Office This Weekend

It looks like this weekend, more people preferred to watch a sci-fi thriller with a woman lead over a testosterone-fueled mythical action flick. Or maybe they were just into Scarlett Johansson more than they were into Dwane "The Rock" Johnson. Or maybe it's just unfair to compare the work of Luc Besson to that of » 7/26/14 2:37pm 7/26/14 2:37pm

New Documentary Tells Compelling Story of Vaudevillian Conjoined Twins

Before Paris and Nicky there was Daisy and Violet, the world's first famous pair of Hilton sisters. Born conjoined at the hips in 1908, Daisy and Violet were sold to a promoter who exploited them for financial gain by turning them into a sideshow sensation. Bound By Flesh, a new documentary by IFC Films, tells their… » 6/17/14 6:45pm 6/17/14 6:45pm

The Definitive Sad Teen Death Movie Power Rankings

When I was a #cool #teen, it was a more hopeful time, pre-9/11 and pre-recession and pre-taking-your-shoes-off-at-airports. It's no wonder that the dominant teen movie genre of the day was light, fun sex joke-heavy comedies involving romantic pratfalls and climactic scenes at school dances. The prom-com, if you will.… » 4/25/14 2:00pm 4/25/14 2:00pm

Barbie Live-Action Film Might Actually Be Good and Sorta Feminist

Green-lit by two female top studio executives at Sony and penned by a former Sex and the City writer, the forthcoming live-action Barbie comedy promises to be about "female empowerment"—which we all know falls somewhere comfortably between the immaturity of "girl power" and the scariness of "feminism"—and has the… » 4/24/14 12:00pm 4/24/14 12:00pm

Their Bodies, Ourselves: Bodysnatching and the Male Gaze in Under the…

It's been almost two weeks since I saw Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Faber's novel, and it's been hard to really gather my thoughts on it. This is not a unique condition. Looking at viewer reviews of the film on Letterboxd, the second most popular thing to say about the film is that it's hard… » 3/30/14 9:04pm 3/30/14 9:04pm

Divergent Opens with a Cool $56 Million, Will Get the Franchise Works

Looks like Hollywood has found its newest YA franchise, though it didn't hit the $70 million expectation. Compared to the $70 million dollar opening for Twilight in 2008, and the $153 million dollar opening (these numbers are insane to me) for The Hunger Games in 2012, Divergent's opening seems modest. Still, topping… » 3/23/14 6:05pm 3/23/14 6:05pm

Every Matthew McConaughey Movie Is Actually About Rust Cohle

Fans of HBO's True Detective are an obsessive lot. Over the course of the show's 8-episode first season, bajillions of hours of productivity were wasted discussing, dissecting, and speculating about the show. Insane-sounding theories about the identity of the murderous Yellow King abounded, each with an… » 3/10/14 3:45pm 3/10/14 3:45pm

Did a Studio Lengthen Margot Robbie’s Legs for The Wolf of Wall Street?

Hollywood sorcery can be wonderful. CGI can make the Hulk not look like Lou Ferrigno, or it can ensure that your favorite actor doesn't have to risk disfigurement to wrestle with a mountain lion. It can also extend the legs of fairly tall actress just a teeny-tiny bit so that when she uses them to fend off Leonardo… » 2/09/14 12:00pm 2/09/14 12:00pm