Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 2 days ago | Film Reviews

    A romance about wanting to see a romance, a comic tragedy about an onlooker willing something tragic, Anne Fontaine's Flaubert-inspired meta-pleasure Gemma Bovery takes as its subject the act of watching the lives around us — and of wishing those ...

  • Benicio del Toro looms on the poster for Escobar: Paradise Lost in full hollow-eyed mustachioed grandeur, his deadly visage filling the sky above a teensy image of a white dude running along with a gun. What a surprise, then, to discover...

  • After a decade of TV work and a not-bad kids flick, Joe Dante -- like his '03 Looney Tunes -- is back in action. But instead of harking to the creature-feature matinees that once inspired him, his zombie-girlfriend embarrassment Burying...

  • Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic teen comedy, flavor-crystaled with sex and drugs and innocent raunch, about good friends who get...

  • 16 days ago | Film Reviews

    Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic teen comedy, flavor-crystaled with sex and drugs and innocent raunch, about good friends who get caught up ...

  • 16 days ago | Film Reviews

    Of course a 2015 Joe Dante horror-comedy would be some kind of throwback. The Gremlins director has spent a career idealizing the creature-feature jollies of his youth, jolting audiences with wittily vicious nostalgia. Dante's goofy monster movies...