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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly>.
15 hours ago | Film and TV
The ludicrous but amusing teen social-media thriller Nerve is committed to pinning its characters into a world we understand as ours. It opens with Skype, Spotify, Gmail and Chrome, all on the MacBook screen of a mousily beautiful teen, Vee (Emma ...
1 day ago | Film and TV
Anna Gunn actually gets to do things in Meera Menon's expansive high-finance drama Equity, which is almost reason enough to recommend it right there. The Breaking Bad co-star tears into the role of a rainmaking banker taking a Silicon Valley compa...
3 days ago | Film and TV
Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! tells the kind of true story that makes you want to kick creation itself square in the crotch. Here's that firecracker soul singer, nearing her 60s, her boogie still majestic, her band still a tight retro m...
Stranger Things Is the Best-Ever Miniseries Adaptation of a Horror Novel (Even If That Novel Doesn’t Exist)7 days ago | Film and TV
Like the real 1980s, Stranger Things gets more unsettling as it goes. The opening episode of the Netflix show, created by the Duffer Brothers, gives us swear-y, scruffy kids playing D&D and then, beneath a lavish suburban starscape, encounteri...
13 days ago | Film and TV
A while back I cracked a dumb joke about all our presidential candidates being corrupt. My wife hit back with this: "You're a JibJab!" She referred, of course, to the animated viral sensations of America circa 2005 or 2008, the once wildly popular...
14 days ago | Film and TV
Here's a story you might have missed a few weeks back, what with the country collapsing. In late June, at Dallas' Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 30 aspirational souls received burn treatment after walking over hot coals at a Tony Robbins ...