Matthew Lickona 4:30 p.m., Aug. 20
In a happier world, Detention would be the last meta-movie, the one that took the practice of referencing previous movies (both in general and particular) to such a ridiculous and self-defeating extreme that the exercise lost all its appeal. In the meantime, there are so many layers to the self-consciousness in this teen horror pic that it's impossible to feel much of anything, and the only defense against the ensuing boredom is to pick out individual film references from among the blenderized genre sludge. With Josh Hutcherson, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook; directed by Joseph Kahn. 2012.
- Short Takes: Detention • April 13, 2012