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Review: The Paperboy
A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a
| October 12, 2012
Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
With a title like this, don't expect a PBS documentary.
Bekmambetov's adaptation of the goofy bestseller
| June 22, 2012
Review: The Raven
If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
John Cusack as Poe
| April 27, 2012
Review: Hot Tub Time Machine
Steve Pink has a big chubby for the ’80s.
Plays out like a mullet in the new millennium
| March 26, 2010
Donwill | Don Cusack In High Fidelity
It's hardly extraordinary that Donwill should cry a disc inspired by the Nick Hornby book and subsequent John Cusack film.
| March 12, 2010
Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
| March 12, 2010
Doomsday is good therapy. What does it matter that billions die if that brings a family together in one big hug?
Doom and doomer: the bullshit hits the fans
| November 13, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
Nothing like walking out of a theater with your kid asking, “Daddy, what is suicide?”
Hard to gauge which children this film is for — if any
| September 16, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc. cuts its losses
| June 11, 2008
Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.
Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
| June 10, 2008
Grace Is Gone
It’s strange that a film whose young characters are told to question the media should rely on its score to dictate how you’ll feel.
No catharsis here, just soft piano keys
| January 23, 2008
John Cusack has held up well for a man in his third decade of Hollywood hustling.
Get out your hankies
| October 31, 2007
George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
| September 20, 2007
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
The Aliens and Mystery Jets
| September 19, 2007
If you know your Stephen King, then you know haunted hotels have killer pasts.
The Shining gets squeezed
| June 27, 2007
Just five years ago, James Murphy jump-started the dance-punk movement with his DFA label.
LCD Soundsytem mine the best of the ’80s
| April 09, 2007
The tao of Estevez
The ‘80s took a lot of flack over the years, mostly during the ‘90s -- but not from the Bouncing Souls. The Bouncing Souls, “The Gold Song” (mp3) The Bouncing Souls, “The Ballad of Johnny X (Live)” (mp3)
The Bouncing Souls on their favorite ’80s movies
| October 13, 2006
Rock and droll
High Fidelity tries to sell itself as kick-ass rock right from the curtain speech: you are to turn off your fucking cell phones, and if you don’t like that language you can “grab your husband and get the hell out.”
High Fidelity ; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
| October 11, 2006
Crossword: 'Thirty Thoughts'
My time has just come, too
| March 27, 2006
The ultimate SALESMAN movie
Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
| March 13, 2006
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