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Review: Brave

Disappointing on a story level, this fable in the feminist Disney Princess mold (unremarkably so) signals problems from the start.
Merely good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 22, 2012

Let them eat cake

Phillipe and Jorge will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming Senate vote on continuing the tax cuts for the filthy rich (the top two percent of Americans) who now appear to control America. And we trust Messrs. Reed and Whitehouse will do the right th
Obama caves, FIFA cashes in; Don checks out; Huzzah for Bill and Jaimy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 10, 2010

Review: Nanny McPhee Returns

This second entry in the Nanny McPhee franchise told me nothing further about the stoic title caretaker.
What lies beneath the prostheses?
By TOM MEEK  |  August 27, 2010

Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2009

Review: An Education

Let’s get this right out of the way: Carey Mulligan is the real thing.
Carey Mulligan graduates with honors
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 2009

Review: Last Chance Harvey

Between them, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson have four Oscars, so it's hardly surprising to see them paired up in director Joel Hopkins's attempt at Oscar bait.
A Lifetime TV movie with better leads
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009


Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008

Brideshead reinterpreted

“Excuse me, Mr. Waugh, did you see the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited ?”
The 2008 version goes its own way
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 23, 2008

Sex and the century

Angels in America can dance on the head of a pin as easily as any other kind.
Angels in America by BTW; A Pinter Duet at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2008

Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008


Stranger than Fiction

What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction  (QuickTime
Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2006

Nanny McPhee

This sweet confection stars Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay, adapting the Nurse Matilda children’s books) as the magical nanny who descends on a brood of unruly motherless British children and ever-so-gently teaches them to behave.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 25, 2006