Alice in Wonderland (Review)

Tim Burton's adaptation a big disappointment

0 Comments · Friday, March 5, 2010
It's expected that a 2009 adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Victorian-era 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' would engage in some major contemporary revisionism, and the biggest change in Tim Burton's new 3-D movie version is to make Alice the kind of defiantly strong-willed, proto-feminist, no-nonsense action-hero suitable for a PG-rated action-fantasy seeking to do 'Lord of the Rings'-level box-office business. It's a mistake. Grade: C.  

Gangster Hero No. 1

John Dillinger used his Midwestern sensibility to become a national celebrity in the 1930s

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
By the summer of 1934, John Dillinger's fame had caught up with him and his debts were getting close. Even at the tail end of a one-year crime spree totaling at least six states (including Ohio and Indiana), 11 banks and $300,000, he remained a working-class hero. The law saw things differently, promoting him to Public Enemy No. 1.  

Public Enemies (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2009
While rife with period detail and often shot at authentic locations, 'Public Enemies' doesn't possess the visceral jolt of director Michael Mann's best films, all of which pulsate with the technologically informed rhythms of modern life. Yet Mann almost makes us believe that Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) will live forever. And, in a sense, he has. Grade: B-.