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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
"Just smile and be yourself," advises Charlie's naïve dad. "That's how you make friends in the real world."
| September 28, 2012
A few great places to go when you want to look great
You're new to town and you want to get all dolled up for that lecture on cognitive linguistics. What to do?
| September 30, 2011
Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
When a movie begins with the Warner Bros. logo crumbling in decay and ends with a defiled grave, you know you've experienced an evening of magic.
Bleak magic: Deathly Hallows lives up to its name
| November 19, 2010
Domestic violence is so hot right now; DC Housewife takes a whoopin'; orange soda: not just for fascists!
White House crasher/DC Housewife says Whoopi hit her. Whoopi says she just tapped her without being invited. (Atlantic Wire) "Love the Way You Lie" video shows...
| August 06, 2010
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
| April 09, 2010
Review: Cold Souls
What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from oth
Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
| August 14, 2009
Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
For teenagers, everything seems like the end of the world: popularity, school, love, family, treacherous conspiracies, the war between good and evil wizards.
Half-Blood isn't half bad
| July 17, 2009
Review: The Tale of Despereaux
This animated mouse epic aspires to grand scale but falters in its execution.
A glorified hunk of cheese
| December 16, 2008
When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
| August 30, 2007
Whatever else it may be, the Harry Potter Edda is surely the most popular narrative about the dawning of pubertal awareness ever created.
Hormones submit to dreary Order
| July 10, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
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