Corey Stoll

‘Ant-Man’ is late to the party, but still has its quirky charms

It takes 45 wobbly minutes for director Peyton Reed’s film to find its rhythm, but it closes with some ingenious action set pieces that leave you feeling satisfied. ‘Ant-Man’ is a quirky little orphan that will probably need some time and distance from its cinematic brethren to be fully appreciated.

Dark Places

Gillian Flynn adaptation ‘Dark Places’ gets trailer but no US release date

Gillian Flynn and Hollywood are at it again. The film adaptation of his book Gone Girl, which featured the talent of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris, as directed by David Fincher, made an impression on audiences back in 2014. Now, his 2009 novel Dark Places has been turned into what’s guaranteed to be another blockbuster hit.

The Strain, Ep. 1.02, “The Box” disappoints with dull clichés

Last week, I said that The Strain would live or die based on how it balances the silliness with the seriousness. This week, it gave us no indication which direction it will be going in, instead giving us an incredibly boring episode of clichés, which is very disappointing.

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The Strain, Ep. 1.01, “Night Zero” at times very creepy and absolutely hilarious

We live in a burgeoning era of horror television. American Horror Story will begin its fourth season in the fall, and The Walking Dead will start its fifth. Penny Dreadful just finished an excellent debut season, and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove just put up its second season. True Blood, Supernatural, Bates Motel, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm. And of course, the most horrifying show currently on television, Hannibal. Horror is all over our TV screens, but if there’s one person who deserves their shot at it (presuming David Lynch isn’t interested), it’s Guillermo del Toro.

Overly portentous ‘The Time Being’ falls flat despite its lofty ambitions

A passionate starving artist is at the center of The Time Being, an overly portentous new drama that doesn’t see such a central figure as being too stereotypical. No, this is a movie about how Art is Serious, so serious, in fact, that focusing entirely on one’s work trumps trivial matters like work, family, friends, and more. Though the movie is packed with pretty images, thanks entirely to the skill and craft of its fairly overqualified cinematographer, The Time Being is a mostly limp portrait of the artist as inwardly selfish and ambitious.

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