Left to right: Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Tintin (Jamie Bell) in The Adventures of Tintin, from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures in association with Hemisphere Media Capital.

Film Review: “The Adventures of Tintin” by Steven Spielberg

Matt Kafoury November 18, 2011

The 2007 announcement that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were to collaborate on an animated film called "The Adventures of Tintin" seemed to be met with little more than a "Huh?" among most...

Film Review: “Take Shelter” by Jeff Nichols

Matt Kafoury November 11, 2011

The phrase "psychological thriller" has long been overused, particularly in reference to film. Somewhere down the line, "psychological" became a synonym for "good" and/or "interesting." "Take Shelter,"...

Film Review: “Martha Marcy May Marlene” by Sean Durkin

Matt Kafoury November 11, 2011

"Martha Marcy May Marlene," a haunting drama from writer- director Sean Durkin, is not an easy film to swallow. Indeed, the crowd at a screening I attended was quite vocal about its disdain for the movie....

Film review: “Tower Heist” by Brett Ratner

Matt Kafoury November 4, 2011

""˜Ocean's Eleven' meets the Bernie Madoff scandal" appears to have been the pitch for "Tower Heist," the latest film from director Brett Ratner (the "Rush Hour" trilogy). Throw in a few likable...

Film review: Melancholia by Lars von Trier

Film review: “Melancholia” by Lars von Trier

Matt Kafoury October 28, 2011

"Melancholia," the latest film from Danish director (and semi-professional provocateur) Lars von Trier, is the latest addition to a steadily growing, intriguing little genre: the art house sci-fi...

The year’s most valuable players in film

Matt Kafoury September 30, 2011

With a few months left in 2011, it's hard to guess which films will be dominating award shows and top ten lists. So far, my favorites include "The Tree of Life," "Drive," and "Moneyball," but there...

Review: Is there room for Google Plus in the social media landscape?

Matt Kafoury September 23, 2011

While we were busy relaxing this summer, a major shake-up occurred in our (online) social lives: the birth of a Facebook competitor that people actually seem to use. Of course, a legitimate Facebook rival...

Television review: “New Girl” on FOX

Matt Kafoury September 16, 2011

The premise is rather stale, the writing is uneven, and the supporting performances are mostly unremarkable. So why does FOX's "New Girl" work so very well? Two words: Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel is the...

2011 Emmy predictions

Matt Kafoury September 16, 2011

Outstanding Drama Series An extremely strong category this year, I'm expecting this to be a showdown between critical favorites "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men." "The Good Wife" has some strong...

Fall television preview: what to watch

Matt Kafoury September 9, 2011

Fall is upon us and with it comes network television's annual mix of promising new shows and returning favorites. Here are a few suggestions to fill your nightly viewing schedule"”the most promising...

Madden’s film owes large “Debt” to stellar cast

Matt Kafoury September 2, 2011

"The Debt," directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love"), is the perfect cinematic example of a "mixed bag." At one moment, it's complex, nuanced and thrilling. At the next, it's dumb, shallow...

Q&A with Nathan Christ, director of “Echotone”

Matt Kafoury September 2, 2011

Next week, San Antonio will play host to the premiere of "Echotone," a documentary feature from San Antonio native Nathan Christ. Christ's film explores Austin's music scene with an intimate focus on...

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