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Film, David Koepp: The Writer/Director at the End of Civilization

David Koepp: The Writer/Director at the End of Civilization

David Koepp writes, and now directs, superior B-movies. This is an admirable and tough-to-master skill given how few major movie studios are willing to take chances on films with lower budgets that don't employ a found-footage gimmick or generally look…
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Film, "Premium Rush": Sharp Action, Silly Concept

"Premium Rush": Sharp Action, Silly Concept

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a new kind of action hero: one that most of America's movie-going population could knock out with one punch. Happily, exuberant bike-messenger-chase-film extravaganza Premium Rush makes the actor's lightweight, streamlined frame an attribute rather than liability, emphasizing…
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Film, Ricky Gervais Sees Dead People

Ricky Gervais Sees Dead People

It takes a good while for Ricky Gervais to warm up in Ghost Town; it takes even longer for the audience to warm to Ricky Gervais. During the opening minutes of Ghost Town — an occasionally effective mash-up of Ghost,…
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Film, Gross Encounters

Gross Encounters

Quite simply and literally, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds is Close Encounters of the Third Kind turned inside out: They're still out there, only this time the aliens are after our blood, which they spray…
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