Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly>.
3 days ago | Film and TV
From Lee and Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and John Romita and many more came the great flowering of ‘60s superheroes, the ones who seemed like human beings in ways that Superman or Batman didn’t
Here's something you probably didn't know. Ingmar Bergman screened Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor for his grandson at his theater on the island of Fårö, but kept making the projectionist skip ahead to the action sequences. That's...
The most striking moment in Luis Ortega's El Angel comes early, during what most movies would make into a tense clockwork heist. "I look like my mom when she was young," declares Carlos (Lorenzo Ferro), the criminal protagonist of Ortega's...
A pair of racist galoot cops pull over and then shoot down the son of a city's only black judge in the opening moments of River Runs Red, an earnest indie drama. The acting is stiff, the pacing sluggish, the framing uncertain, the music an...
8 days ago | Film and TV
One lord scowls with even more surliness than the rest: Chris Pine is Robert the Bruce, a Scot who will, eventually, declare himself king of his country and wage guerrilla war against Edward
10 days ago | Film and TV
It’s one of those biopics where everything significant that happened to a famous person happens all at once, in the couple of seconds of any given year that we see dramatized