Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 6 days ago | Film and TV

    St. Louis has long called itself the "Gateway to the West," but that town and its surrounding Ozarks might more accurately be the Mustache of the South, a much larger thing's mostly presentable upper tip that nonetheless always has a few crumbs in...

  • 12 days ago | Film Reviews

    Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes that promise is dual: Here's 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism or classing up script pag...

  • 12 days ago | Film Reviews

    We may not need another hero, but true believers needn't to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film — and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters — to get better as it goes. The filmmakers save their bigg...

  • Dean Kamen, the Segway guy, has developed a vapor-compressor water-purification system he says can save the world, eliminate illness, and make the oceans a limitless source of potable water. Good for him. But even with those world-changing...

  • World cinema may have no better builder of delightful scenes than Roy Andersson, the deadpan Swedish existentialist. Each shot in an Andersson film is part diorama, part theatrical performance, part moviemaking the way Thomas Edison did it: Build...

  • It's heartbreaking that, in his last dramatic film, Robin Williams plays depressed and repressed, burdened by secrets, a man incapable of connecting. Williams invests himself in the role of a closeted Nashville bank manager married to a woman for...

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