The Top 12 Movie Romances of Summer 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

Summer 2013 was a strong season for that oft-maligned genre, the romantic comedy. Excellent films like The Spectacular Now and Drinking Buddies for the most part avoided rom-com cliches, and reinventions like Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing made timeless story lines seem fresh. Still other on-screen romances were held in unorthodox settings: A horror film (The Conjuring), a martial arts movie (The Grandmaster) and even in an edition of the Fast franchise.

Compiled by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly.

20 Buddy Cop Movies Worth Seeing Again

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

With Friday's release of The Heat (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy), another buddy cop movie joins a film library filled with explosions, oddball pairings and broad humor. While the genre's been compacted into a cliche over the years (especially immediately following its heyday in the late '80s and early '90s), and also justly satirized for it, the fundamentals of the buddy cop film return each summer to theaters.

Here are twenty films from the genre that's been a mainstay in theaters and weekend cable programming.

If George R. R. Martin Wrote Every TV Show Ever

Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

George R. R. Martin took a break from killing Starks today to send us this list of the notes he would send to the producers of TV shows if he were put in charge of them. [NOTE: We made this up.] Here's what he dashed off for us, in between shouting descriptions of imaginary feasts.

Here's Your Summer 2013 Movie Guide!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:03 am
This summer: Superman falling into a pile of skulls.

From superheroes (Superman, Wolverine) to Shakespeare (Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing), another season of summer movies is upon us. Here's our guide to movies this summer -- and their wide-release dates. Make sure you check the schedule at your neighborhood cineplex before leaving your apartment.

Ten Slobs From Movie Comedies We Love More Than the Hangover's Snobs

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 9:08 am
In this week's review of The Hangover III, "Entitled Fraternity Dicks Return to The Hangover Part III," Chris Packham writes: "In the slobs-versus-snobs comedies of the 1970s and '80s, the snooty rich kids were always the antagonists, bullying the nerds and cheating at cross-camp field days." But the tables have turned, writes Packham: "Now the snobs have seized the cultural momentum and basically won the American economy."

"What Warner Brothers marketing is now calling the "Wolf Pack Trilogy" is funny but unlovable, asking the audience not just to laugh at all this meanness but actively to identify with it."

Here are ten slobs we love, guys who would be bullied by the "four pampered rich-boys" of The Hangover III.

Sundance: 5 to See

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

By the time you read this, I will likely be en route to Park City, Utah to cover my fifth Sundance Film Festival. As you may have read, the annual indie film clusterfuck on ice is going through a period of transition. I have a story in this week's LA Weekly on how micro-budget films have, for better or for worse, been folded into this era of change. That said, as of this writing, I've seen less than a dozen of the 100+ movies set to unspool over the next ten days; after the jump you'll find a list of five films I'm excited to catch up with once I get up to the snow.

Travolta and Denzel get Dumped

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm
That January is a cold, long, barren slog of a month when it comes to film releases is nothing new. But it does seem worth noting that, along with a movie about a buff tooth fairy starring The Rock, Denzel Washington is being dumped into the muck. Washington's The Book of Eli opened today, and next up is Harrison Ford's Extraordinary Measures, which opens January 22. Mel Gibson (Edge of Darkness, Jan. 29) should probably get used to the weather. Xenu knows John Travolta has--his From Paris with Love leads off the second worst month of the year, February. Tom Hanks, you are next.