question of the day: If it’s okay to worry that ‘Inception’ is too smart, where is the worry about movies that are too stupid?

Inception has finally arrived, and now we’ll see if audiences feel the same way about it as critics do: reviews range from pretty good to rapturous, with only a few detractors (and not just Armond White, either!) But I’ve been noticing a particular tenor in the predictions of how audiences may react that I find … more…

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Jonah Hex,’ ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Killers,’ ‘MacGruber,’ more

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE Jonah Hex: Josh Brolin is a disfigured half-zombie gunfighter in the weird Old West. And it’s kinda not a comedy. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series (1993): The sadly short-lived Fox TV series is … more…

‘MacGruber’: it’s the bomb

I find it wonderfully ironic, and just plain wonderful, that the asinine MacGruber — about the guy who can never stop a bomb from going off in his his face — bombed at the box office this weekend. (Maybe it’s not the end of civilization after all!) Estimates put it in sixth place, with takings … more…

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Shrek Forever After,’ ‘MacGruber,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ more (with DVD alternatives)

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE Shrek Forever After: Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss square off against the evil tyrant Rumpelstiltskin. Scary. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Shrek 2 (2004): Still the best in the series, with one of the greatest character intros ever (for Puss in Boots). … more…

bias update: May 14

obsession: Doctor Who (because it now goes to 11) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 (because I’d love to hear him say to me, “You complete me,” even if that line from the trailer didn’t make it into the movie) psyched: The A-Team (because I still love it when a plan comes together) … more…

bias update: May 7

obsession: Doctor Who (because it now goes to 11) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 (because I’d love to hear him say to me, “You complete me,” even if that line from the trailer didn’t make it into the movie) psyched: Robin Hood (because Russell Crowe will surely be the least merry Merry … more…

bias update: April 26

obsession: Doctor Who (because it now goes to 11) boyfriend: Matt Smith in Doctor Who (because he made me fall in love with him faster than I thought I would) psyched: Iron Man 2 (because Robert Downey Jr. is a permanent member of my boyfriend harem) girl crush: Amy Pond in Doctor Who (because she’s … more…