Mark Olsen

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  • With horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (who also directs) have created an intricate design that makes the film nearly impossible to talk about without giving away surprises. The basic setup, the...

  • 3 years ago | Film Reviews

    A horror comedy with a structural twist intended to emit an air of being something more, Cabin in the Woods has an off-putting vibe of cocky self-confidence, a "Don't you get it?" conviction that it's something special. As with people, it's not a ...

  • For a movie called Larry Crowne, it sure is tough to get a solid read on the character of Larry Crowne. As the film opens, Larry seems content with his lot in life—at least, in the few short moments he is onscreen before being...

  • 4 years ago | Film and TV

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale creates something of a new origin story for Santa Claus—or, rather, reintroduces with dark glee some of the original pagan myths that have long been glossed over by the market forces behind what a character sne...

  • Based on his own series of popular-on-the-Internet short films, Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander's Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale creates something of a new origin story for Santa Claus—or, rather, re-introduces with dark glee...

  • 5 years ago | Film and TV

    Judging by the advertisements, The American is a fast-paced, stylish thriller starring George Clooney as a dashing, conflicted hero. Yet the actual movie is a deconstructed action picture in which not much happens (until it does). Directed by Anto...