Suspended Between Science and God: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life

The one thing you can't call director Terrence Malick is unambitious. In The Tree of Life, out now in select theaters, he tries to do for 1950s Texas what Stanley Kubrick did for prehistoric man; that is, tie a few ordinary lives to the immensity and wonder of universe and, ultimately, to us. » 6/10/11 9:00am 6/10/11 9:00am

Phantoms: High Weirdness in Resort Country

More than special effects or even the Big Idea science fiction, fantasy and horror movies depend on one thing: casting. A good cast can help make mediocre material convincing while a mediocre cast can turn even the best production into Mansquito 2. Phantoms, based on the Dean Koontz novel, is an uneven but often… » 5/19/11 11:00am 5/19/11 11:00am

Man and Superman: The Riddick DVD Collection

We first met Richard B. Riddick back in 2000 in an excellent little SF action movie, Pitch Black. He was introduced to us as a ruthless killer and the most badass criminal alive. But he was a lot more than that. Riddick was a man who through intelligence and sheer force of will had made himself into as dangerous a… » 5/05/11 11:36am 5/05/11 11:36am

Dracula in a Toybox: Guillermo del Toro's Cronos

It shouldn't surprise you that Guillermo del Toro's Cronos isn't your ordinary vampire movie. Like his best known film, Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos is a melancholy and brutal movie punctuated by moments of black humor. » 3/28/11 1:10pm 3/28/11 1:10pm