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Gender roles and pairings in the movies

January 31, 2013 As the filmmaking Class of 2012 moves toward the ultimate award’s ceremony, The Academy Awards, current screen offerings reflect a brewing gender equality battle that has seen few women nominated in... more »»

Heroism, redemption dominate holiday flicks

December 26, 2012 When reality turns into a bummer, the #1 experience for temporarily shaking off tribulations demands a retreat to imaginative worlds and happy endings. more »»

‘Skyfall’ a real audience pleaser

November 29, 2012 For 50 years, James Bond has delivered the platinum standard for super spy intrigue. more »»

Emotional, character-driven ‘Lincoln’

November 29, 2012 Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Congress, the President and the states adopted the 13th Amendment. This knowledge is American History 101. more »»

‘Red Dawn’ is post-9/11 remake of cult favorite

November 29, 2012 When rebooting a film franchise, filmmakers strive to reinvent, update or explore alternate, previously overlooked story arcs. more »»

‘Twilight’ and ‘Flight’ reviews

November 29, 2012 “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” Here comes the honeymoon. more »»

‘Argo’ will be remembered come Oscar time

October 31, 2012 What’s an absurd idea for escaping a revolution that just might work? Pretend it’s a movie shoot. more »»

November, December looking at big films

October 31, 2012 November and December holidays bring long awaited “tent pole” movie releases and a technological improvement which debuts on a limited basis at some showings of “The Hobbit” Curtis McCall has seen... more »»

Eastwood still shows fire in ‘Curve’

September 26, 2012 Keep your eyes on “Trouble with the Curve,” Clint Eastwood’s newest in which he rejects his previously stated vow to never act again. The role is made for him. more »»

Love him, hate him: One reviewer’s take on ‘2016’

September 26, 2012 Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Barack Obama? Conservative author-turned-co-director and narrator, Dinesh D’Souza, has an answer that should be regarded as a “thesis,” “premise” or... more »»

Gearing up for flurry of fall flicks

August 29, 2012 Heading back to school or college campus puts a crimp in filmgoing demographics as the lure of sports and social activities compete with the latest from Hollywood’s buzzing franchise factories. more »»

Superhero flicks need a ‘re-boot’

July 26, 2012 Let’s face it, superhero films have a wide audience and devoted following. more »»

‘Savages’ a tripped out buddy flick

July 26, 2012 Oliver Stone has a reputation for tackling provocative, relevant, contemporary, political and cultural topics ranging from the Oscar-winning “Platoon” (1986), “J.F.. more »»

WV filmmaker shuns stereotypes

July 26, 2012 Darrell Fetty, a Milton filmmaker, has waited nearly 40 years to retort negative nuances assumed from having an address in West Virgini. more »»

Abe Lincoln vampire flick chokes

June 27, 2012 Put inventive, artsy Tim Burton in a producer’s chair. Add the current hot topic of female empowerment. more »»

‘End of the World’ gets a thumbs up

June 27, 2012 During the 1960s recording artists such as Skeeter Davis, Brenda Lee and even Herman’s Hermits asked, “Why does the sun go on shining? Why does the sea rush to shore? Don’t you know it’s the end of... more »»

Heading for a doomsday summer

May 30, 2012 Alien invasions and flesh eating zombies dominate in the cinematic expressions of how human life terminates on planet earth. more »»

‘Titanic’ flubs are fun to catch

April 25, 2012 By Tony Rutherford Writer/director James Cameron has a reputation for being a perfectionis. more »»

Whedon’s ‘Avengers’ is ‘better than the hype’

April 25, 2012 As a teen collecting comics, I had an affinity for superheroes binding together and clobbering any menace who dared to threaten the Earth. more »»

‘Lucky One’ not very realistic but swoon-worthy

April 25, 2012 During the hell of war, sometimes fate drops an angel onto the battlefield. U.S. more »»



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