Movies

“The Purge 2: Anarchy”

“The Purge 2: Anarchy”

The surprise 20-to-1 earnings-to-budget ratio of a little dystopian murderfest called “The Purge” last year made its spawn, “The Purge 2: Anarchy,” a foregone conclusion. What wasn’t inevitable was that the sequel would be a stronger movie than the original. Rather than pinning us inside a single McMansion during America’s newest/worst holiday, the annual 12 […]

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

The reaction in the past week to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has been equal parts encouraging and depressing. Happily, the movie’s actually pretty good, and audiences, apparently starved for anything that doesn’t salute their intelligence with both middle fingers, turned out in droves. The damn dirty apes blew it up at the […]

“Tammy”

“Tammy”

Rarely do we get the chance in mainstream multiplex fare to ask the question, so let’s do so here. What name would we give an inverted inverts Bechdel Test? That shorthand for the pervasive masculine default in most movies looks for three criteria. First, a movie must have at least two female characters. Second, they […]