‘Unicorn Store’ is a rare breed

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Brie Larson the actress recently headlined a big action movie where she committed to intense training, but as a director has chosen her first project to be … Read more

Crazy antebellum: ‘Django Unchained’ is pulp non-fiction

Jamie Foxx is 'Django Unchained'
Jamie Foxx is ‘Django Unchained’

[rating=3]Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is now long enough for his own telltale calling cards to emerge in his latest genre time warp, Django Unchained: his episodic narrative, his usury of genre tropes with modernist updates, violence galore, use of a wronged protagonist to seek vigilante justice and speak for a greater population, whether it be women (the Kill Bill films) or Jews (Inglourious Basterds).

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‘The Avengers’ is a work of superhero beauty

Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers'
Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Avengers’

[rating=4]Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Writer(s): Screenplay by Joss Whedon; Story by Josh Whedon and Zak Penn

There are six certifiable heroes, each worthy of a feature film, each played by a superstar actor capable of carrying a feature film.

But there is no “I” in team. And there is no “I” in Marvel’s The Avengers, either.

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