Review: The Invisible Man Captures the Horror of a Woman Unbeleived

Invisible man stories have been around forever, going back as far as Plato’s treatise on government, The Republic. In that book, Plato’s teacher and main character Socrates listens to his chief interlocutor Glaucon tell the story of “The Ring of Gyges,” about a ring that allows its wearer to turn invisible (stop me if you heard…

Review:Olympic Dreams Fails to Place

What has higher stakes than the Olympic Games? Athletes spend their entire lives training for one or two events that occur once every four years and are often over in minutes. So it’s a little subversive that the romantic comedy Olympic Dreams has such low stakes. Filmed in a cinema-verite style in the Olympic Village during…

Review: Little Monsters Is a Big Bully of a Movie

In a 2009 episode of the comedy series Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand ambassador to the US Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby) encounters representatives from the Australian consolate. The Aussies immediately begin ribbing Murray in an aggressive manner, but whenever Murray takes offense, they flash a self-satisfied smile and insist that they’re only joking. “We’re…

Booksmart Breathes Warmth and Life into a Tired Genre

Awkward white people strutting to a hip hop song is not funny. It’s a lazy joke, worn thin by ad execs and youth group leaders across the country. And it’s a joke that Booksmart goes to again and again. In fact, a lot of Booksmart has already been done to death, from its plot structure…