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Review: The Conspirator
Robert Redford's The Conspirator draws parallels between the extra-constitutional methods applied then to protect the country from possible terrorism and those employed in today's War against Terror.
Redford doesn't do justice to his theme
| April 15, 2011
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Following the blighted example of Gulliver, Kelly Asbury's vapid adaptation takes a great classic and makes it stupid for the kids.
Inevitable movie allusions and a hideous flamingo don't do this animated flop any favors
| February 11, 2011
Review: The Last Station
Traversing the spectrum from farce to tragedy, Michael Hoffman's magnificent The Last Station suggests what the story of Count Leo Tolstoy's final days would look like if Chekhov had told it.
Lions in winter: a Tolstoyan feast
| February 05, 2010
Leveraging the graphic novel by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, the film manages one juicy nugget of inspiration with its bland protagonist.
A knockoff lacking zing
| June 25, 2008
Palansky’s winning visuals can’t make up for the story’s silliness.
Christina Ricci is still coming of age
| February 27, 2008
Do the write thing
Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
| December 05, 2007
Four years ago, Scottish actor James McAvoy starred in an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic Children of Dune for the Sci-Fi channel.
James McAvoy and Atonement
| December 05, 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
“You’re not going to turn into a wanker?” It’s 1985, and homie Spencer is worried that his pal Brian is going to put on airs when off at university.
The predictable curve of Starter for Ten and Islander
| March 07, 2007
The Last King of Scotland
After watching basically the same stump speech in both All the King’s Men and The Last King of Scotland , I’d have to say that if Sean Penn’s Willy Stark and Forest Whitaker’s Idi Amin appeared on the same ballot, my vote would go to Idi. Watch the
More Hollywood, less human
| February 20, 2007
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