October 4, 2012 With a plot as unoriginal as its title, Olivier Megaton's Taken 2 lacks many of the charms of its predecessor, critic Stephanie Zacharek says. While Liam Neeson once again gets to wallop Albanian baddies, the film demonstrates an utter lack of subtlety and finesse.
October 4, 2012 Tim Burton's feature-length retake on his 1984 short film reflects the director's signature style — but, says critic Stephanie Zacharek, the material may be better suited to a shorter form.
October 4, 2012 The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
October 4, 2012 Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
October 4, 2012 Thursday night's Glee wisely puts the focus on the hard adjustment from high school to life.
October 4, 2012 Author Jasper Fforde is well known for his Thursday Next series of literary fantasies. Reviewer Petra Mayer says his first book for young adults may feel familiar to Thursday fans, but it's still an enjoyable mixture of magic, emotion, everyday absurdity, and the occasional illusory moose.
October 4, 2012 The filmmaker is known for his distinctive style, both in his live action and his animated features. As Mandalit del Barco explains, Burton's latest film, Frankenweenie, is a prime example of this style, and also illustrates the reasons he has inspired a generation of fans.
October 4, 2012 More than 30 years ago, a couple answered a scientist's newspaper ad — and spent two years searching for a monarch butterfly sanctuary in Mexico. The new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies chronicles how they helped solve the mystery of the monarch's migration.
October 3, 2012 He's appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, but you still might not know his name. In his memoir, The Dangerous Animals Club, actor Stephen Tobolowsky talks about falling in love with comedy — and playing characters who are always on the story's fringes.