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After Earth

After Earth

Apparently, studios don’t know any better. You’d figure after outright disasters such as The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, no one Read More

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

Magic has never really made a successful transition to film. While recent films like The Illusionist and The Prestige provided limited returns artistically (and financially), prestidigitation Read More

Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

The pregnant pause is one of the more useful items in a director’s toolbox for heightening drama and tension. One can’t have just nonstop chatter and Read More

Twixt

Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola: What happened? There was a time, four decades ago, when you were one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in the post-modern era, Read More

Welcome to the Punch

Welcome to the Punch

It’s not enough to have good actors. In 2013, you need more than the standard “corruption from above” narrative. In order to keep contemporary audiences glued Read More

Epic

Epic

You can’t con kids. Don’t promise them the animated adventures of cutesy little characters when you really intend to deliver a borderline adult action adventure. That’s Read More