Stories by Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Movie Talk: 'E.T.' perfect; no need to retell

Parallels between Super 8 and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial are common. That's no accident. The film was built as a nostalgic tribute to Steven Spielberg's 1980s movies and the era itself.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Movie talk: 'Tree of Life' epitomizes beauty

Watch a Terrence Malick film and you start to remember that photography is the heart of filmmaking.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Movie Talk: Real-life patriotic feeling brings movies to mind

What movie can I pop in to help portray and fuel this rabid patriotism? Here are five as proud as a Lee Greenwood song and as subtle as a bullet to the head.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Movie people should watch TV

I t's not easy being a movie these days. As the Los Angeles Times reported last month, movie-theater attendance is down 20 percent this year compared with 2010.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

'Source Code' reaffirms Gyllenhaal's strengths

With most of Hollywood's male A-list stars fast approaching AARP eligibility, who will step up to take their place?
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Propaganda in film disrespects, disturbs

Battle: Los Angeles , the aliens-invade-the-world movie opened last week after seemingly endless promotion. The harsh reviews are correct: the film is loud, stunningly stupid and completely pointless.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Oscars in the forecast

This week I'm taking the opportunity to write a version of my favorite movie column to read when I was younger: who should win and who will win at the Academy Awards.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

'The King's Speech' is overrated

It seems little can be done to stop the wave ushering The King's Speech to an Oscar for Best Picture, but I'm still going to try.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

Performance is key in football, feature films

That we come to know the competitors for the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards just a few days apart should not be overlooked.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Theaters to be filled with alien offerings

The year 2011 is awash in lazy, safe choices, in filmmakers settling rather than reaching.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Coens put true grit in every film

Though it mostly lacks what's been called "that Coen brothers feeling," a love of spoken language is again front and center in their latest work, the wonderful and wickedly funny True Grit, which ...
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

A wonderful time for Christmas movies

If done well, the songs, Santas and genuine cheer of holiday films can illuminate and become a Christmas tradition all at once. Here are my five favorite Christmas films.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Box office numbers provide key insight

As we approach the end of 2010, I thought it'd be useful to look at the box office numbers for the year to help figure out what to expect in 2011 and beyond.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

Try 4 films to be thankful for

For movie fans not caught up in the Harry Potter craze, this holiday movie season might have you feeling like you've been left out in the cold. I'm here to say, fret not.
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

R-rated 'Due Date' offers respite

When I was 16, I could think of no bigger (movie-related) injustice than being unable to attend R-rated movies without a parent. But at a recent screening of the R-rated comedy 'Due Date,' it ...
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Atmosphere adds to horrific elements

Stumble across a horror movie in the middle of the afternoon, and you'll likely find it a little ridiculous. Bright lights and distractions dull the frights. With scary movies, a little atmosphere ...
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Force is strong with 'Star Wars' clip makers

Movies often inspire, but rarely is one successful enough to inspire something such as Star Wars Uncut, an Internet recreation of the original Star Wars (1977).
By Stephen Yusko

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Facebook film is in good hands

The Social Network, which opened the New York Film Festival last week, is in good hands. Here's hoping it gives added insight into the man behind the Internet's biggest social networking site.
By Stephen Yusko
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