“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
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I've never held a handgun in my life. I did some rifle target shooting with the ROTC in college. That's it with me and firearms. Does this make me less of an American? I think handguns are dangerous, and the more people who walk around carrying them the more dangerous they are. I also don't understand why civilians need to possess AR-15 assault rifles, such as the one used by James Holmes in Colorado. They fire 10 shots at a time, and are intended for combat use. In civilian hands, they are by definition weapons of slaughter. Do you need one in your home?
Easily the silliest King Kong movie ever made, but also one of the most gloriously enjoyable.
A look back at all of Roger's reviews of films made by Pixar Animation Studios.
Filmmaker Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue," "Little Men") talks about the impact of his first feature, “The Delta,” on his life and career, and the lessons he drew from its production.
An interview with George Lepauw, Executive Director of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival.
Scout Tafoya's video essay series about maligned masterworks revisits Jonathan Demme's "Beloved."
An article announcing the premiere of Ben Lear's documentary, "They Call Us Monsters," on Netflix.
An article about the reissue of "Two Weeks in the Midday Sun."
For the 41st installment in his video essay series about maligned masterworks, Scout Tafoya examines David Cronenberg's "Crash."