Rush (2013)

Rush to Judgment Fans who love Formula 1 racing history loathe Ron Howard’s new film, Rush, about the 1976 season in which Austrian Niki Lauda and British James Hunt fought for the title up until the season’s very last race. Because the film changes the historical facts to invent drama, such critics see just another ...

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Reagan’s Barbarian Every time my kids watch an episode of Family Guy, I can’t help but think that Seth MacFarlane’s nostalgic view of the 1980s, peppered with sexism and apathy, ignores the real cultural components of the decade in which I endured my miserable adolescence. As with most things, the best way to approach this ...

The Butler (2013)

Forest Jump Like his previous film, The Paperboy, Lee Daniels’ new film, The Butler, is a wonderful mess. Discarding the most fundamental Aristotelian rule, unity of action, the film jumps with wild abandon across decades of experience as it tells the moving story of Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker), a butler at the White ...