Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.
For most of The Meg, Jon Turteltaub's dino-shark thriller goof, the badass hero played by Jason Statham blithely achieves the impossible. Here's a dude who rides on the side of history's largest shark like some alpha male lamprey, jabbing...
7 days ago | Film Reviews
... It’s a hero-dude adventure movie based on a Michael Crichton-esque paperback techno-thriller, which means we hear more science talk than is strictly necessary, get a tour of a gleaming research facility and meet a billionaire finder (Rainn Wil...
10 days ago | Film Reviews
After receiving a 1,000-piece jigsaw as a gift at that party, Agnes discovers a surprise talent and passion: She can put one together in just a chunk of an afternoon
A reminder that quiet and subtle are not the same things, Marc Turtletaub's earnest, compassionate character study Puzzle — adapted from Argentine director Natalia Smirnoff's superior Rompecabezas (2010) -- is...
13 days ago | Film Reviews
An assemblage of TV clips sets the stage: Ninety percent of all children have died within the space of a month, with the survivors gaining a variety of superpowers that the government catalogs in a color-coded chart ripped right from the Bush admi...
Arriving in theaters a half-generation late, the YA adaptation The Darkest Minds is curiously behind the times and right on the money. The dystopias of the high Hunger Games era may now seem passé, but damned if every...