The Impossible

The will to survive and the bond of family are two very familiar themes in storytelling, so it’s true The Impossible is not breaking any new thematic ground. But framed against the horrors of the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004, it’s a powerful and personal story that won’t soon be forgotten. The one … More The Impossible

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is another quality effort we’ve come to expect from Quentin Tarantino over the last 20 years. It’s not on the same level as his last film, the near-masterpiece Inglorious Basterds, but it’s roughly in the same ballpark, especially as both are period pieces reinterpreting history through Tarantiono’s lens. It may not be as … More Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Les Misérables is the epitome of everything I hate about the musical genre, chiefly being how it takes twice as long to say half as much in a wholly ridiculous and unconvincing fashion. The constant singing and bombast rob the story of whatever genuine emotion or drama it was striving after. It’s mind-numbingly boring while … More Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Early on Life of Pi makes the bold, and if you think about it rather arrogant, claim it is a story that will make you believe in God. Yet once it’s over, it has almost the opposite effect and will likely leave any rational filmgoer more confused than anything. Certainly, I don’t see it being … More Life of Pi

Silver Linings Playbook

No matter how hard one might resist, it’s nearly impossible not to fall head over heels for Silver Linings Playbook, the most charming film about mental illness you’re likely to come across. In dealing with such a tricky and sensitive subject matter, it balances the line between comedy and drama, never fully committing to one … More Silver Linings Playbook

Lincoln

Centering on arguably the most beloved figure in American history is no easy task, even for the most celebrated director of our time, Steven Spielberg. To his credit, he wisely enlists the esteemed Daniel Day-Lewis as his collaborator to bring the larger-than-life Abraham Lincoln to life, and on that front the results are nothing short … More Lincoln

Skyfall

Skyfall is not only the strongest installment in James Bond’s storied 50-year history, it’s also one of the finest films of 2012. I’ve been saying for years the best way to take a franchise to the next level is to get Oscar-caliber talent involved, and Skyfall fits that bill to a T. Sam Mendes, who … More Skyfall

Flight

Flight is a tricky film to pinpoint, because it’s both better than you would think and yet not as good as it should have been at the same time. The real reason it works at all is due to the greatness of Denzel Washington. Flight is one of his strongest performances of the past decade, … More Flight

Incubus Debuts New Record ‘If Not Now, When?’ Live

Incubus’ sixth major label album, If Not Now, When?, is already shaping up to be the band’s most polarizing effort, and it hasn’t even officially been released yet. It is that album the band chose to play front-to-back to close out its weeklong Incubus HQ Live, a special web streaming event that saw the band … More Incubus Debuts New Record ‘If Not Now, When?’ Live