Ah, the fall season has finally arrived. I make no secret of nor apology for my disdain of the summer season. Even when it's a strong lineup of blockbusters, it's a deafening, dumbing few months. And this was a horrible summer season. There's nowhere to go but up for the fall season. Here's a rundown of the more promising films coming our way.
Athens native James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" is a bona fide festival circuit and art house hit that is now widening into multiplexes in our area. This is the moment when the film either breaks into mainstream success or doesn't, and few indies are more deserving of reaching a wider audience.
If you've ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter and Bella Swan hooked up, we now know. The offspring would be "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."
Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.
The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.
Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.
Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.
Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.
"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.
Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.
Another week, another deafening, dumb computer-generated orgy of destruction.
Universal Pictures really pulled off something back in 2010 when "Despicable Me" earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide and worked its way into the home video hearts of America.
"The Lone Ranger" is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie.
"Monsters University" fits into a few ongoing trends.
"World War Z" might go down in film history as one of the greatest recoveries of all time.