Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 2:54pm

Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. And given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are Tik Toks, Tiger King and — of course — the apocalypse. This series will traverse the cinematic doomsday in its eclectic iterations.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 4:35pm

In 2013, at the end of a family trip to Europe, my family had the chance to watch “Mamma Mia!” in London’s West End (the Broadway of England). Watching a group of talented actors dance across the stage while singing ABBA’s greatest hits was a great way to cap off what had already been an amazing trip. A few days after returning home, my family sat down to watch the 2008 film adaptation for the first time, still high off of the incredible performance we had seen in London less than a week prior.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 4:13pm

Buoy bells ring, gulls warble and gentle waves lap against waterlogged wood. A lineup of anonymous lobstermen intones sonorously:

Give me some time to blow the man down

To me, weigh hey

Blow the man down

Give me some time to blow the man down.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 5:28pm

A lot of people glorify heroes. They help people, do good and save the world. And that’s true; they deserve a lot of praise for all the good that they try to do. But in all honesty, would they even be heroes if villains didn’t exist? Someone or something has to cause a problem or do something that will make another person stand up and decide to become a hero, which is why I think villains deserved to be discussed and, dare I say, glorified just as much as heroes.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 5:56pm

At some point, everyone pictures their life as a movie.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 5:45pm

“The Platform” has a thing or two to say about trickle-down theory. Setting his film in a near-future prison-tower in which food is distributed to different levels by way of a descending stone slab, director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia (“The House On The Lake”) takes a steep plunge into madness and delivers a searing criticism of economic inequalities in class-based societies.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 5:42pm

True crime has become an increasingly popular genre among films, TV and podcasts. People tune into shows about the minds and strategies of serial killers and murderers, which most listeners and viewers find psychologically fascinating. One of the biggest shortfalls of true crime, however, is that its focus on perpetrators and police investigations means that the stories surrounding victims are largely ignored or minimized.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:39pm

As weird as it may sound, time travel is a common topic of conversation in my family. This is mostly because my sister just doesn’t understand it. Any time we watch a time travel movie, we end up spending hours discussing the logistics behind the warped chronology that the characters inevitably go through, and we usually end up more confused than we began. In our terms, to accomplish time travel correctly, there have to be repercussions for all of the character’s actions without unresolved or confusing gaps in the timeline.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 5:21pm

The most famous review of “The Hunt” comes from the 45th president of the United States. The man formerly known as Donald Drumpf tweeted that “The Hunt” was made “to inflame and cause chaos. They (the filmmakers) create their own violence, and then try to blame others.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 5:18pm

There’s something to be said about the popularity of sports movies, a genre that has made its name with heartwarming tales of misfits working together towards miraculous wins. Most sports films leave the audience with a sense of satisfaction. You know the story: The wise mentor coaxes talent out of an underdog team of misfits and ultimately leads them to victory. There’s a formula to these films, and it works every time: “Remember the Titans,” “A League of Their Own,” “Hoosiers,” “Field of Dreams” and “Rocky,” to name a few, are crowd-pleasers even in their predictability.