It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
Machete, which turned veteran character actor Danny Trejo into a leading man, was a wild and wildly violent action-comedy, a spoof of exploitation films of the 1970s. So, obviously, is Machete Kills. How much of a spoof?
There's a Chinese saying that, when you drink the water, you should remember the place from where it flows. Following this principle, The Grandmaster reveals the legend that lies behind martial arts movie icon Bruce Lee.
When the director of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders decided what to create next, he focused instead on a modestly budgeted film about a boy who befriends an alien. The result was the biggest hit of his career.
Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.
The roots of Sundance were acres of granola-flavored films about people in small towns or women in crisis or something that was equally high-minded but was consistently bemoaned as not being particularly commercial.
With Frost/Nixon opening today in select cities, Universal has found the right time to celebrate director Ron Howard by releasing The Ron Howard Spotlight Collection. Which four movies of Ron Howard's do you think are his best?