Into the Vault

The only thing better than passing the time with a little Solitaire is indulging in a little Cold War paranoia. So many of the great movies, television shows and books owe a debt of gratitude to the bitter, decades-long rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that began… Continued

Into the Vault

Of all the movies, in all the theaters, in all the world, “Casablanca” is a piece of cinematic history that only gets better as time goes by. It’s one of those films that’s constantly referenced and parodied in popular culture, but never recognized by the young folk who listen to… Continued

DiCaprio leads pack with ‘Wolf’

In their fifth collaboration, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a movie that makes “The Great Gatsby” look like a kid’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Released Dec. 25, the biographical dark comedy was adapted from a memoir of the same name… Continued

‘Hunger Games’ sequel sets silver screen on fire

It always warms my heart when a beloved book is faithfully adapted into a movie. In 2010, adaptations of both “Shutter Island” and “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1” turned great pieces of literature into crowd-pleasing cinema without annoying hardcore fans of the original subject material. A more… Continued

Adaptation of ‘Ender’s Game’ falls short of stellar

The same year that Robert Zemeckis brought us the sci-fi comedy masterpiece that was “Back to the Future,” author Orson Scott Card published a tour de force of his own: the military science fiction novel known as “Ender’s Game.” Despite Card’s fond protection over film rights and artistic control, the… Continued

Moore explores dark side of Disney

If Garry Ross’ “Pleasantville” was a piece of anti-nostalgia spearing mid-20th century values in television, then that makes Randy Moore’s “Escape from Tomorrow” a satire of the all-powerful and omnipresent Disney brand (which is the proud owner of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm). The fantasy-sci-fi-mystery-psychological-horror film (in limited release Oct.… Continued