Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Smashed' (Sony Pictures Classics)

Indie Weekend: ‘Smashed,’ ‘The Sessions,’ ‘Samsara,’ ‘Sister,’ and More

Awards season is in full bloom, and Dallas is the beneficiary this weekend, with a flurry of independent movies clamoring for attention. Smashed features a noteworthy performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young woman who recognizes her own symptoms of alcoholism and tries to go sober, without much assistance from husband Aaron Paul. (Landmark Magnolia; Angelika Plano) The Sessions is receiving attention for John … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Smashed,’ ‘The Sessions,’ ‘Samsara,’ ‘Sister,’ and More

Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'


The very first frame announces the intent of the movie: the Universal Studios logo, in pixellated form, with cheesy synth music playing the theme. We’re in an 8-bit world, and director and co-scripter Edgar Wright is at the controls.

A dazzling plunge into an unending deluge of visual and cinematic tricks proceeds forthwith. Yet they’re not really “tricks” in the sense of a magician’s sleight-of-hand; they’re a means of expressing the alternating currents of bliss, confusion, fear, hope, lust, and love (maybe? possibly?)  that surge through the mind and body of anyone taking the delicate first steps in a relationship.

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