In defense of Mel Gibson

by Cynthia Grenier -- Nominally, we are supposed to be this Christian country, although even a glancing look over some of the media's recent treatment of religious themes in popular culture does more…

Worse than Potter: Can it be?

by Cynthia Grenier -- The arrival of the new Harry Potter book certainly seems to have gotten a lot of folks all heated up, leaving aside the record-breaking millions who have bought more…

Capturing the culture

by Cynthia Grenier -- Going on 70 years now, a sometime Italian theater critic named Antonio Gramsci wrote in one of Mussolini's jail cells of the importance of the left to capture more…

'The Two Towers'

by Cynthia Grenier -- How curiously topical the second part – "The Two Towers" – of the hugely successful "Lord of the Rings" of J.R.R. Tolkien brought to the screen by Peter more…

'Evelyn': Just in time for Christmas

by Cynthia Grenier -- Here at last we have a movie for the Christmas season that is genuinely a family film, a heartwarming work with a strong sense of morality and justice. more…

You watchin' me?

by Cynthia Grenier -- So, some spoilsports are muttering that this second go-around – "Analyze That" – of a neurotic mobster (Robert DeNiro) and his very nervous shrink (Billy Crystal) doesn't measure more…

'Solaris' beams me down

by Cynthia Grenier -- What is it with film distributors? Here we were on the eve of Thanksgiving with every family in the land geared for a fun-and-games flick following consumption of more…

Bond is back: Somebody, please shake or stir

by Cynthia Grenier -- Thank God for Pierce Brosnan. He brings the right touch of irony and physical prowess – certainly looks great for a fellow hitting his 50th birthday – even more…