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 potential… » 4/24/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Cesar Chavez the Only Latino-Centric Studio Film Opening This Year

Directed by Diego Luna — whom you may remember as one of the stars of Y Tu Mamá TambiénCesar Chavez, a biopic about the farm worker turned civil rights activist, hits theaters Friday. It is this year's only major studio release about (or starring) Latinos. » 3/24/14 9:30pm 3/24/14 9:30pm

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

Critics Universally, Viciously, Hilariously Pan 'That Awkward Moment'

That Awkward Moment, the chick-flick with a dude-bro twist, hits theaters today. And if essentially every single film critic is to be believed, you'll want to run, not walk, away from the screen. They hated the shit out of this movie, which they found misogynist, boring, clichéd, potentially damaging to the careers of… » 1/31/14 5:45pm 1/31/14 5:45pm

27-Year-Old Mega-Producer Megan Ellison Could Win All The Oscars

Megan Ellison, the 27-year-old film wunderkind producer (and daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison), walked away with two Producers Guild of America nominations earlier this week for Her and American Hustle. These awards are considered a good predictor of which films will be nominated for the Oscars. What this… » 1/04/14 12:00pm 1/04/14 12:00pm

Frozen: Finally, a Disney Prince Who's a Disingenuous Dickweed

There are a lot of things to like about Disney's latest hit Frozen: the major relationship in the film concerns two sisters, it doesn't chase happily ever after in the traditional sense, and it also takes actual screen time to mock the whole idea of love at first sight as a reliable marker of future happiness. But the… » 12/26/13 1:10pm 12/26/13 1:10pm

Theory: Nymphomaniac Is Actually a Comedy

Have you seen all of the trailers for Lars Von Trier's seXXXy new movie Nymphomaniac? If you have, you'd definitely remember them because they're SO racy and SO edgy that they're literally IMPOSSIBLE to forget. Like, one red band trailer shows Shia LaBeouf's naked butt as he's doing it with a lady and another one shows … » 12/04/13 6:15pm 12/04/13 6:15pm

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this.… » 12/03/13 6:00pm 12/03/13 6:00pm