Friday, August 31, 2012 7:36 am
We were in the weeds for most of the summer, and browsing the wide release schedule for the next couple months makes it clear that things are only going to get worse before they get any better. But this too shall pass, and before we know it we’ll all be basking in the sweet, comforting glow of the fall movie season, in the company of Steven Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Ang Lee and James Bond. But rewards must be earned, and for the time being we’ve just gotta grind it out.
Friday, August 24, 2012 8:43 am
I’m not even sure what to say at this point, besides thank God summer’s over. It has been quite an ordeal, and I suppose it’s only fitting that that the season goes out on a grossly disappointing note involving a sub-par sequel. Now we’ve just got to contend with that uneasy transitional period between the summer and fall movie seasons, and we may actually have some good movies to talk about. I’m waiting with breath that is bated.
Friday, August 17, 2012 7:49 am
As “The Expendables 2” rolls into theaters across the globe (look for the review next week), the 2012 summer movie comes to a close — and I honestly can’t remember ever being more depressed as a moviegoer.
Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 am
Last week I offered a few brief thoughts on some cultural issues surrounding the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., and events that have taken place since then suggest that I failed to address one of the key questions surrounding this tragedy: Is it safe to go to the movies anymore?
Friday, August 3, 2012 7:32 am
You may have noted that last week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” lacked any mention of the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. This was not meant as a show of disrespect to the victims, but as recognition that regardless of its now-infamous status, Christopher Nolan’s concluding Batman film deserved to be discussed on its own merits, as a movie — not as the alleged trigger that set off a madman’s rampage.
Friday, July 27, 2012 7:59 am
This week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” comes a little later than I had initially hoped, but oh well — it’s never too late to spread good news. And I advise you to enjoy the good times while they last, because the rest of the summer looks pretty dicey.
Friday, February 20, 2009 10:00 pm
Here are News-Sentinel film critic Jason Wallis' picks for the
Oscars, which will be announced Sunday:
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:00 pm
Tuesday's weather brought almost half an inch of rain, gloomy
skies and hazardous driving conditions, but there were no major
accidents or other weather-related emergencies, according to local
Friday, January 9, 2009 10:00 pm
1. "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan)
Friday, December 19, 2008 10:00 pm
I'm a week behind in my writing, so as an early Christmas gift
to you, here are reports on just the four-star films I've seen
lately. We'll catch up with the rest later - for now, let's just
focus on four films that have helped make my holiday season a
little brighter. All of them are "bummers," technically, but
whatever; how can a truly great movie ever leave one completely
depressed? There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned, nightmarish
Lynch/Kubrick Christmas, am I right?
Friday, July 25, 2008 10:00 pm
Everyone knew "The Dark Knight" would be a major success.
Between the brilliant marketing, glowing reviews and incredible
hype surrounding the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker,
there was no way this wouldn't be one of the biggest hits of the
summer movie season.
Friday, May 16, 2008 10:00 pm
This week, I was scheduled to review "Speed Racer." But, because
I value both my sanity and my retinas, I thought it might be better
for everyone to instead look ahead to better things that are in
store for us in the coming weeks of the summer movie season. "Iron
Man" got things off to a splendid start, and there are several
titles - some highly anticipated, others not so much - that promise
to keep the ball rolling on quality entertainment all season long.
Here are the ones I'm most looking forward to, in order of
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