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Review: Robot & Frank

Frank Langella adds to his string of understated, riveting performances in this gentle, incisive comedy.
A gentle, incisive comedy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Straw Dogs

Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Hop

This candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action imagines an Easter Bunny who's a cross between Santa Claus and Willy Wonka and an Easter with no mention of the Passion of the You Know Who.
Candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

If you missed C&D1 , not to worry — few of the original cast are back.
Because the kiddies really need a spoof of Silence of the Lambs
By TOM MEEK  |  July 30, 2010
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Review: Death at a Funeral

Once the enfant terrible of misogynistic movies (see 1997’s In the Company of Men ), Neil LaBute has moved on to remakes. His take on a 1973 horror classic ( The Wicker Man ) is either classically horrible or classically brilliant.
Farce in the age of Obama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: The Box

First-semester social-science students would wince at the overreaching metaphors in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly’s latest Rorschach test.
David Kelly boxes himself in
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009


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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Sex Drive

Sex Drive doesn’t venture anywhere new, but it makes the same old scenery amusing again.  
The usual preoccupation with nut sacks and virgins
By TOM MEEK  |  October 15, 2008
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Enchanted

Wicked (cartoon) witch sends adorable fairy-tale princess down a rabbit hole and she’s deposited, suddenly human, in present-day Times Square.
Better than generic holiday fare
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  November 20, 2007
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Anna Wintour's hair tells all

By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 06, 2007
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Bryan to Brett

“You can’t make everybody happy.”
X-Men changes directors
By GARY SUSMAN  |  May 23, 2006