The Fault In Our Stars (2014) vs. The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Fault In Our Stars (2014) vs. The Spectacular Now (2013)You fell in love with her in The Descendants (2011), and then you blinked, and suddenly Shailene Woodley was everywhere. Just in the past nine months alone, she’s been in two horribly titled romances made from best-selling young-adult novels, both adapted, in fact, by the same writing team, best known for previous Smackdown challenger (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was also the star of 50/50, which shares a theme with... Well, I’m getting ahead [more]

The Drop: What’s New in Theaters, Disc and Digital? 3-7-14

The Drop: What’s New in Theaters, Disc and Digital? 3-7-14Check The Drop to see what’s new in theaters, disc and digital each week. Click below for theater showtimes. If you'd rather stay home, check out Armchair Smack, where we suggest alternatives to each week's theatrical releases. Choose one or see both, and then Smack us in the comments section below and let us know how they compare. What will you view this [more]

Her (2013) vs. Lost in Translation (2003)

Her (2013) vs. Lost in Translation (2003)We here at Smackdown have a soft spot in our hearts for movies about lonely, alienated mopes. This may or may not have something to do with some of us here in Smackland being lonely, alienated mopes, but in any case, we’re all about the Mopelecore movies, and when they’re about how the mopes learn to get out of their mopey shells and embrace the wonders of the world around them, even more so. And [more]

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) vs. Finding Neverland (2004)

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) vs. Finding Neverland (2004)Ah, the holiday season. What better time to take in a couple of films brimming with magic, wonder and childlike innocence? Especially when one whitewashes the story of a Machiavellian anti-Semite who played a role in the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, and the other glosses over some nasty allegations of pedophilia? Of course, our two Smack opponents have more in common than just some behind-the-scenes ugliness. Both the newly released Saving Mr. Banks and [more]

American Hustle (2013) vs. The Informant (2009)

American Hustle (2013) vs. The Informant (2009)Who doesn’t love Matt Damon and Christian Bale? (Okay, probably this guy doesn’t love Bale so much, and Minnie Driver still might be holding a grudge against Damon…But just go with me on this…) And who doesn’t love when big stars like Matt Damon and Christian Bale ugly themselves up with bad hairpieces and weight gains and cheesy facial hair for a scruffy little indie role? And who doesn’t love period offbeat indie comedies based on true stories [more]

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) vs. Philadelphia (1993)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) vs. Philadelphia (1993)As the anniversary of the release of Philadelphia approaches, let’s take a moment to consider just what the apparent requirements were for a major studio to be bold enough to make a movie about homosexuality and AIDS back in 1993: Both leads had to be played by huge stars, and the villain played by one of our most beloved character actors. The director had to have come off an enormous smash that had just swept [more]

All is Lost (2013) vs. Gravity (2013)

All is Lost (2013) vs. Gravity (2013)Lost at sea. Lost in space. Adrift alone in a vast ocean, the helpless victim of a freak accident. Adrift alone in the cosmos... same dealio. Man vs. Nature. Woman vs. Nature. One of the top movie stars of the '70s, holding the screen all by himself for an entire film. One of the top movie stars of the last 20 years, holding the screen all by her... well, okay, she’s got help, so we’ll stop there, but the point is, these [more]

12 Years a Slave (2013) vs. Django Unchained (2012)

12 Years a Slave (2013) vs. Django Unchained (2012)One’s about a free man who becomes a slave, the other’s about a slave who becomes a free man! One’s a searing historical drama, the other’s an intense but goofy action-comedy! One’s a bona fide Oscar magnet, the other's already won two Oscars! One’s written and directed by black men, the other’s written and directed by a white man who’s spent his career trying to be a black man! One is Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, the other [more]

Captain Phillips (2013) vs. United 93 (2006)

Captain Phillips (2013) vs. United 93 (2006)What does Paul Greengrass have against public transportation anyway? In both United 93 and his new film, Captain Phillips, Greengrass puts the fear of God into anyone about to take a flight or sail on a cargo ship. And that's not to mention the vehicles that come under assault in his Jason Bourne movies. Greengrass got his start in horror and then documentaries, and those early skills are in ample evidence here. In the celluloid world [more]

The Drop: What’s New in Theaters, Disc and Digital? 10-4-13

The Drop: What’s New in Theaters, Disc and Digital? 10-4-13Check The Drop to see what's new in theaters, disc and digital each week. Click below for theater showtimes. If you'd rather stay home, check out Armchair Smack, where we suggest alternatives to each week's theatrical releases. Choose one or see both, and then Smack us in the comments section below and let us know how they [more]

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