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Story | Feb 25, 2014 | 4:30 PMHistory suggests that it took about six hours for Mt. Vesuvius to bury Pompeii in a thick coat of lava and ash. It took most critics even less time to bury "Pompeii" the movie in volcanic invective, resulting in a woeful 28% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an only slightly more encouraging 41 on Metacritic. Meanwhile, the vox populi has spoken, leading to a dismal $10 million opening weekend (against a reported $100 million budget). But look closer and, like those flailing limbs jutting out from the real Pompeii's petrified in-situ corpses, a few persuasive dissenters can be heard amid the dismissive din. They douse the violent inferno with enthusiastic praise for the movie's action sequences, for its use of 3D, and above all for its director, Paul W.S. Anderson. And they are not wrong to do so. Welcome to the cult of the vulgar auteur.
Column | Apr 4, 2013
Story | Nov 4, 2011
A ruefully acid-dipped send-up of the indie family comedy, "The Color Wheel" plays Saturday and Monday as part of AFI Fest. It will also screen on the UCLA campus on Tuesday as a double bill with Perry's first feature, 2009's "Impolex."
Story | Dec 1, 2011
Roger Ebert says "Ebert Presents At the Movies" is going on hiatus at the end of December. Roger Ebert says the new "At the Movies" program has been funded by he and his wife and they need more funding to continue.