Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘The Losers’ not quite a winner in the box office

By Tappan Parker

April 29, 2010

Filed under Movies

“The Losers” is an action-comedy and loose adaptation of the DC Comics series of the same name, but it is not a superhero comic. Rather, the film is about a team of Special Forces who are just really good at what they do. The movie starts with one of the most efficiently effect...

‘Kick-Ass’ takes names

By Andrew Sheridan

April 26, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“With no power comes no responsibility,” muses Dave Lizewski, pondering a decision to risk his life to play super-hero, “…except that isn’t true.” This is the central theme in Matthew Vaughn’s new film, Kick-Ass. Adapt...

‘ODDSAC’ a magical mystery box of experimental psychadelia

By Garth Brody

April 21, 2010

Filed under Movies, Music

About 15 minutes into Animal Collective’s visual album “ODDSAC,” an oozing color-storm recedes abruptly, and its squeaky, clattering noise collage is cleared away for a haunting folk ballad. Floating over a moonlit river scen...

Decades later, “Z” lives on

By Andrew Cogan

April 21, 2010

Filed under Movies

A French film that debuted in 1969, “Z” is a political thriller directed by Costa Gavras based on the novel by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos. Steeped in the fractured and highly antagonistic politics of Cold War Greece,...

“Greenberg” oddly likeable

By Nick Coviello

April 15, 2010

Filed under Movies

In 2010’s “Greenberg,” director Noah Baumbach doesn’t wander far from his comfort zone, producing a character-driven study of the odd and unlikeable Greenberg. Upon receiving mixed reviews for 2007’s “Margot At the...

“Prophet” earns acclaim

By Garth Brody

April 15, 2010

Filed under Movies

Writer/director Jacques Audiard’s 2009 crime thriller “Un Prophète” (“A Prophet”), currently playing at Amherst Cinema, follows 19-year-old Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) through his six year prison sentence. H...

Stewart, Fanning give “Runaway” performances

By Kate MacDonald

April 15, 2010

Filed under Movies

If you ask people about the 1970s girl band The Runaways, you might get a few lines from their hit “Cherry Bomb” or a Joan Jett reference, but chances are, most people these days don’t know them too well. They will, nam...

‘Clash’ crashes in 3-D

By Nora Drapalski

April 13, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“One day, somebody’s got to make a stand. One day, somebody’s got to say enough.” That day is now. Enough with the Greek mythology adaptations. It’s not about how true to the story its film remake will be; it is simply...

Land mark political thriller coming to Amherst Cinema

By Andrew Cogan

April 13, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Amherst Cinema is screening a new print of the seminal political thriller “Z” tonight at 7 p.m. Directed by Costa Gavras, the film is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos. A French-language...

Save time for “Date Night”

By Kate MacDonald

April 12, 2010

Filed under Movies

Date Night movie trailerTina Fey and Steve Carell, known for their hilarious comedic hi-jinks, don’t disappoint in “Date Night,” the newest Shawn Levy flick. Though not exactly an innovative plot, thanks to the leads, the ...

“Ajami” a portrait of personal strife amidst Israeli-Palestinian tensions

By Lily Hicks

April 9, 2010

Filed under Movies

“Ajami” is a film about Israeli-Palestinian tensions directed by one of the unlikeliest pairs Middle Eastern cinema has ever seen: Scandar Copti, a Christian Palestinian from Israel, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew. The result...

‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ a juvenile romp

By Garth Brody

April 7, 2010

Filed under Movies

The premise of “Hot Tub Time Machine” is mostly contained in its title, so you pretty much know what you’re getting, sight on scene. Actually, even if you fell down some stairs and woke up at the beginning of the movie, there still wouldn’t be mu...