Manohla Flips for 'Avatar'


We will be telling you much more about this tomorrow-because we think its fair for you to have a chance to see it for yourself, or else what fun is it for all of us?-but here is the Times review, just up now on Avatar: “Mr. Cameron… is a filmmaker whose ambitions transcend a single movie or mere stories to embrace cinema as an art, as a social experience and a shamanistic ritual, one still capable of producing the big WOW. Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when movies really were bigger than life (instead of iPhone size), if only because we were children. Movies rarely carry us away, few even try. They entertain and instruct and sometimes enlighten. Some attempt to overwhelm us, but their efforts are usually a matter of volume. What’s often missing is awe, something Mr. Cameron has, after an absence from Hollywood, returned to the screen with a vengeance.”