Header-lansing_1.jpg
 
Home  Movies
 
 
Wednesday, July 16,2014

Gorilla warfare

Great ‘Apes’ delivers thoughtful examination of humanity, chimps with firearms

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1981 film “Quest for Fire,” three early humans seek out a new pilot light that will keep their tribal fire sustained. It’s the simplest story ever told: Man have flame, man lose flame, man look for flame without being eaten by saber-toothed lions. The filmmakers tried to create as authentic a film as possible, even developed proto-languages based on the earliest known human words, and for 100 unsubtitled minutes you can see what it was like for our earliest ancestors to realize the power of their intelligence and experience the dawning of consciousness. It was a groundbreaking film that has for years been without equal.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, July 9,2014

Crisis of faith

Lansing indie ‘Ashes of Eden’ aims high with morality play

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Bible is so hot, you guys. Besides the recent surprise hit films “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real,” there was “Son of God,” yet another biopic of Jesus, and “Noah,” which confused just as many devout filmgoers as it angered with the liberties it took from its Old Testament roots. Coming soon: Christian Bale begs Pharaoh to let his people go in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” this fall, and “Mary,” the prequel to “The Passion of the Christ” coming next spring.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, August 14,2013

Fall forward

Studio C! brings back art films starting in September

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As the smoke clears on the summer movie season and the Hollywood studios reap their blockbuster earnings (or bemoan their losses), Studio C! in Okemos is making some room once again for the East Lansing Film Series.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, August 14,2013

Reefer blandness

Jennifer Aniston tries to save a buzz-less raunchy comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Some comedies demand repeat viewings to allow your brain to wrap around the complexity or the subtlety of the humor, or to soak in a boldly original acting performance. Admittedly, I was no fan of “The Big Lebowski,” “Best in Show” or “Zoolander” the first time I saw them, but I now rank them among my favorites.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, July 31,2013

Appraising race

Sundance hit 'Fruitvale Station' a powerful reminder of ongoing racial strife

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Between the recent George Zimmerman acquittal and that still-trending celebrity chef nastiness, we are reminded, yet again, that we do not live in anything close to a post-racist society. Apparently America can elect a black president, but it just can’t seem to shake 237 years of ingrained bigotry. Seriously … can we all get along?
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, July 17,2013

Backwoods royalty

Quirky comedy captures adolescence at its most surreal

by Allan I. Ross
In the magically surreal world of 'The Kings of Summer,' 15-year-old Joe Toy and a couple of his buddies build a functional two-story house out of found materials, 'Gilligan’s Island'-style, in the middle of a suburban Ohio patch of woods. Then they run away from home to live in it for a summer.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Star pluckers

‘The Bling Ring’ enlightens as it enrages

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, June 5,2013

Use your illusion

'Now You See Me' gets original with bank-robbing magicians

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The 2006 dueling magician movie "The Prestige" laid out the three aspects of a magic trick: The pledge (introduction of a seemingly normal object), the turn (making something extraordinary happen to that object) and the prestige.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, May 22,2013

Mississippi 'Mud'

McConaughey sheds pride, not shirt, in powerful performance

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After an electrifying breakthrough performance in 1996's "A Time to Kill" — followed by solid showings in "Contact" and "Amistad" — Matthew McConaughey mostly slummed it through the '00s.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, May 8,2013

Heavy metal

Intelligent 'Iron Man 3' gets more than armor-deep

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Since the superhero genre was reinvigorated in 2000 with the earnest "X-Men" flick, comic book movies have become, with a few exceptions, less laughable and more laugh-all-the-way-to-the-bankable — and attracting top-tier acting talent, to boot.
Read more   Read it in print
 
 
 
 
 
Search Archive - Articles and News
Search Archive:
 
 

© 2014 City Pulse

City Pulse. 2001 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912.
Phone: (517)371-5600. Fax: (517) 999-6066.
E-mail: publisher@lansingcitypulse.com

 
Close