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  • The Best Summer Sports Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing and you know what that means: once again you are looking up the definition of the word "dressage." The sports film, when done right, can be one of the most exhilarating genres of all. And once you get past The Fighter, The Sandlot and Hoosiers you'll find…
  • The Best Prison Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    One time I inadvertently stole a Milky Way bar. I was at the Drug Fair and I wanted the candy but my mother said no. I got sad and started following her around and she said maybe. So I continued following her around and then next thing you know we were in the car and…
  • The Best Comic-Con Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    A great American city lays in waste. The odor of sweat, tears and Cheetoes still lingers, as do the crushed hopes of those who hit snooze one too many times instead of getting their butt on line. It will take one full year to recover. That's right friends - Comic-Con International, as no one calls…
  • The Best Road Trip Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    We are in the heart of the heat of the summer and you are either crackin' brews at the beach, cursing your life in a suit and tie wondering how the hell you got stuck in a soul-crushing corporate gig or loading the car with gas and snacks. Road trip! As we close in on…
  • The Best Heist Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    “While Trixie's distracting the guard, that's just when I'll be tunneling in from the fishmonger's. Just be sure to drive by in the van at precisely the moment the clock strikes or we'll all wind up in the hoosegow!” Heist movies. I love 'em. And while they always remind us that crime doesn't pay, there…
  • The Best Movies About Fatherhood You Probably Haven't Seen

    This weekend brings us two opportunities to experience either joy or frustration, depending on what kind of life you lead. That's My Boy comes out in theaters coinciding with Father's Day. You can either laugh yourself silly and get the ol' man a tie, or you can sublimate regret and remorse for another twelve months…
  • The Best Movies With Ancient Greek Titles You Probably Haven't Seen

    Draw a Venn diagram of film that has both mass appeal and is of interest to movie website editors and, dead center, you'll have Prometheus. Never in my sixty-eight years of writing professionally online have I banged out so much copy about one title. There is absolutely nothing left to scrutinize - that is, until,…
  • The Best Movies About Musicians You Probably Haven't Seen

    A little over a year ago I was in London. I went to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott's. At one point during a jam session a young Russian man in a thick coat and scarf (despite the warm weather) ran up on stage, blew his alto like it was nobody's business, then promptly disappeared…
  • The Best Movies About Grief You Probably Haven't Seen

    Tell me if you had a similar experience. Every year when I was a kid my father would wait until I was having the most fun during Memorial Day weekend – I'd either be mid-chomp on a hot dog or about to leap off a diving board – when he'd remind me that, “this weekend…
  • The Best Liam Neeson Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    Everybody loves Liam Neeson. It's impossible not to. He's a badass, he's handsome, he's got the cool accent, he seems like a smart guy and he's starred in some of the best movies of the past quarter century. Even when he shows up for a quick and dirty paycheck like in Battleship it's hard to…
  • The Best 'New Hollywood' Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

    I like the fact that the band is still called Sonic Youth, even though they're all in their 50s. Similarly, there's the term New Hollywood, which represents a very specific time in which the studio bosses gave free reign to independent-minded, radical filmmakers looking to push the artistic boundaries of film. It is a cinema…