Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly>.
6 days ago | Film and TV
Score one for going home again. After misfiring with Begin Again, a film that asked us to worry over a disillusioned A&R man's efforts to coax a folk-pop album out of Keira Knightley, writer-director John Carney has turned back to the striving...
10 days ago | Film and TV
In '81 he accessorized his trench coat with high heels and bikini briefs. In '84 that coat got dandified, high-collared and famously purple, Edwardian formalwear over a frilled tuxedo shirt over that wicked slick of chest hair. It was the get-up o...
What Elvis thought -- who Elvis was -- remains one of the great American mysteries. The strained, sour comedy Elvis & Nixon offers up the simplest of answers: He was a clown. "Elvis Presley decided his country needed him," deadpans...
12 days ago | Film and TV
Elvis Presley once watched Dr. Strangelove three times in one night at a Memphis movie theater. After that, he made them play the last reel several more times, marveling at it. It's fascinating to wonder about: Here's this country's biggest musica...
13 days ago | Film and TV
The musician biopic might be stale and stupid as a genre, but it will endure. Each new one offers the possibility of the wondrous thing that made Hollywood into Hollywood: presence. You can guess from the trailers that I Saw the Light might be a b...
The Maysles brothers' irresistible Showman, their first solo feature, is an early vérité tagalong, 53 minutes of keeping up with raconteuring producer Joseph E. Levine as he jet-sets through Hollywood, Rome, Boston, New York...