With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy N ... More >>
Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'" But for every genre ... More >>
Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, open this week's podcast with a brief discussion of Twin Peaks, which comes back to TV via a series on Showtime in 2016, and move onto The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and then ... More >>
Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about one of the big movies of the year, Gone Girl, which opens in about 3,000 U.S. theaters on Friday, but the trio also makes room for lesser-known films like The Blue Room, Men, Women & Childre ... More >>
As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be l ... More >>
The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, just back from the Venice Film Festival, discuss the stand-out movies she saw on this week's episode, and the duo also makes room for Tim Sutton's Memphis, which showed last year at the festival and is now in theaters now. Back in New Yor ... More >>
Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of th ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight, and revisit Get on Up and Guardians of the Galaxy, and finally, touch on the new documentary The Dog. [Subscribe ... More >>
Hi, comic-book movie super-fans! Yesterday the last remnants of the ol' Merry Marvel Marching Society gathered on our website to let us know that Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie they haven't had the chance to see yet, is absolutely the best movie ever -- and that our chief film critic, Stephanie Z ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This. [Subscribe to the Voice Fi ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek recommend seeing Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12:00) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (20:00), a movie filmed over twelve years with the same cast. [Subscribe to the Voice Film ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek race through the latest (and the most terrible) Transformers movie (2:01), Earth to Echo (13:14), and Tammy (16:30). They then discuss Life Itself (21:54), a film about the life of the late R ... More >>
On this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, along with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, discuss rom-com Begin Again (2:26), starring the always-interesting Mark Ruffalo. They also talk about the biting rom-com parody They C ... More >>
We leave the movie theater on this week's Voice Film Club podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and the Boston Phoenix, among ... More >>
The Fault in Our Stars made heaps of money at the box office, and film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek wonder if a recent piece declaring that adults should feel ashamed to read young adult novels has any weight to it. They also talk about The Immigrant and film critic Amy Nicholson j ... More >>
Filmmaker Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West hit theaters recently and on this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, with L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about his generally offensive body of work. Also on this week's po ... More >>
Movie stars, tragedies, and even some laughs
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice's Alan Schestuhl and L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson are joined by special guest Chris Klimek to discuss the strange career of Tom Cruise, the new X-Men movie, and why Han Solo should die. We close the show with a special phone call from the Vi ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film club podcast, L.A. Weekly chief film critic Amy Nicholson, Village Voice film critic 'Stephanie Zacharek and Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl discuss two movies opening this weekend, including the James Franco'd Palo Alto, which we fully recommend, and the latest version o ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek defend movies that most critics hate, namely Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, War Horse and Alpha Dog. We also recommend a few new films, including Blue Ruin, Fading Gigolo and Next Goal W ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, it's all about Scarlett Johansson, who has two movies coming out this week at opposite ends of the commercial spectrum: Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin and Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson admits her surprise at actually enjoying Wes Anderson's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and discusses her recent longform piece on the death of the romantic comedy. The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephan ... More >>
L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl ask, "do the Oscars really even matter, guys?" They come to a few conclusions, but only after discussing just how much ass a middle-aged Liam Neeson can kick on an airplane in Non-Stop. Settle in for ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek returns from the Berlin Film Festival and joins the group to discuss the state of the movie musical.
In this week's Village Voice film section, we see Joel Kinnaman (best known as street-wise Detective Stephen Holder the U.S. version of homicide procedural The Killing) twice: He gets the title role in the RoboCop redux and plays a "Gatsby-esque" semi-gangster in Easy Money: Hard to Kill. We also ha ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson are joined by the Washington, D.C.-based critic Chris Klimek, a contributor to the Voice, NPR, Washington City Paper, and The Dissolve. (Voice film critic the pod's co-host Stephanie Z ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>
Wes Anderson's latest premieres at the Berlin Film Festival.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics kick things off with something of a "potpourri segment," to borrow a phrase from Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl. Echoing a common sentiment in the movie world, Scherstuhl describes the month of January as a "grim, featureless lands ... More >>
Before you run out to see one of the several movies opening on this Christmas Day 2013, listen to this very special Voice Film Club podcast: Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl runs point while Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their top 10 movies ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics talk about Spike Jonze's Her and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in addition to the wave of films all coming out before the year's over. Listen to it on iTunes or below on Soundcloud:
This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
Download this week's Voice Film Club podcast before you get on the plane or maybe listen to it on your way to a restaurant where you'll eat turkey and get a little drunk on red wine."I was appalled and disappointed," says Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek of Spike Lee's Oldboy on this wee ... More >>
Meanwhile Tom Hanks is just so noble in Captain Phillips
Summer 2013 was a strong season for that oft-maligned genre, the romantic comedy. Excellent films like The Spectacular Now and Drinking Buddies for the most part avoided rom-com cliches, and reinventions like Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing made timeless story lines seem fresh. Still other on-s ... More >>
Coming off her appearance in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a film our Stephanie Zacharek described as "godforsaken," Famke Janssen has been having a tough time of it lately. Janssen called the police on Saturday because an intruder broke into her house and left the world's creepiest children's b ... More >>
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Marley & Me, the most popular film in America over the holiday weekend, is an odd take on the contemporary family movie--and not only because Owen Wilson has more chemistry with man's best friend than with co-star Jennifer Aniston. Based on a bestselling nonfiction book (subtitled Life and Love wi ... More >>
Diane Lane needs to extricate herself from the Oxygen ghetto. This was my first thought—followed by John Cusack needs to extricate himself from the Oxygen ghetto—while watching the "Live Out Loud" network's broadcast last night of Must Love Dogs (2005), a rote romcom about two divorcees who are ... More >>