MAPS TO THE STARS—Courtney Ferguson found Cronenberg's Hollywood-set latest to be "a haze of toxicity, backstabbing, and finagling for advantage in the good ol' dream factory."
THE LAZARUS EFFECT—Court was rather less enthused by this PG-13 horror flick, in which Olivia Wilde gets brought back to life and MURDER. But mostly, Wilde's bloodthirsty zombie "just wants to talk about her feelings all the time. 'Why did you bring me back?' 'Why do I feel this way?' 'Do you still love me, even though I'm a levitating telekinetic?'" UGH. WOMEN, RIGHT?
FOCUS—"1998 called," Elinor Jones writes. "It said Will Smith is dope, and it's right. Suck it, Jaden."
RED ARMY—Pinko commie Ben Coleman found a lot to like in this doc about the Soviet national ice hockey team. "Thankfully," he writes, the other side of America's "Miracle on Ice" myth is remarkably good fodder for Red Army: The popular perception of invincible Russian ice-robots masks a far more compelling story about five men who were the best in the world at something for an entire goddamn decade."
There's more, as ever, in Film Shorts, including Ben take on the VOD release of My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Marjorie Skinner's review of Childhood Machine, a movie that's "one part charming, two parts tedious, and 10 parts stoned in the student center." Here are your Movie Times.
HOWEVER. Before you make weekend moviegoing plans, allow me to suggest something, in light of this morning's shitty, depressing news. There are a few films on Netflix right now that are worth staying home and watching—particularly The Voyage Home and The Search for Spock, both of which Nimoy directed. But there's great Spock stuff—some of the best—in all three of these. Myself, I'll probably put on Search for Spock later tonight; maybe follow it up with "This Side of Paradise." LLAP.