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‘Looper’: Sci-Fi at Its Best

If you don't recognize the name Rian Johnson and haven't heard it kicked around in discussions of young directors to watch, that is all about…
Eric Alt / September 28, 2012

Batman’s Spectacular Finish: SPIN Reviews ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Apparently, director Christopher Nolan never got the memo that the third installment in a franchise is supposed to be the party killer. Spider-Man 3 and…
Eric Alt / July 19, 2012

Evaluating Summer 2012’s Big Sequels: What’s Worth Seeing?

Every year around this time you start to hear critics and bloggers complaining about the surfeit of Hollywood sequels and the industry's overall lack of…
Eric Alt / May 25, 2012

‘The Avengers’ Is the Only Real Summer Movie of the Season

Back in 2008, when Marvel Studios began the process of building, movie-by-movie, towards the ultimate superhero team-up with the first Iron Man, there was this…
Eric Alt / May 2, 2012

Do Movies Require Too Much Homework?

"Escapism." That's the word most often used to describe movies, especially ones involving far away lands or Gamma-irradiated do-gooders. But is it relevant anymore when…
Eric Alt / May 1, 2012

MTV Movie Awards Go Legit: Meet the New Academy

The MTV Movie Awards have never been what you'd call credible — remember in 2007 when they introduced the "Best Summer Movie So Far" category…
Eric Alt / April 25, 2012

Go See ‘Cabin in the Woods’ (Because We Shouldn’t Tell You About It)

Okay, this is a tough one. Telling you that Cabin in the Woods is a good movie isn't a particularly insightful statement, but explaining why…
Eric Alt / April 11, 2012

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Liking Channing Tatum

Full disclosure: When I started writing this piece, it had the title "What's the Appeal of Channing Tatum?" It wasn't a hit piece, but more…
Eric Alt / March 21, 2012

See ‘Friends With Kids’ With Someone You Love (But Not Love-Love)

You can forget about big comedies being headlined by a single name star — a Jim Carrey or an Adam Sandler — because those guys…
Eric Alt / March 7, 2012

The Oscars’ Five Most Confusing Moments

The 84th Annual Academy Awards welcomed back Billy Crystal in what, in retrospect, was clearly an enormous white flag of surrender. You want relevance? You…
Eric Alt / February 27, 2012