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Lars von Trier
The premise might seem familiar: three 30ish high-school classmates — Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan), and Katie (Isla Fisher) — celebrate the impending nuptials of a fourth, Becky (Rebel Wilson).
Leslye Headland's debut
| September 07, 2012
National Society of Film Critics: the winners
The National Society of Film Critics, of which I am a member, had a choice between "Life" and death today, and they chose death. That...
| January 07, 2012
Difficult women; Oscar gold
I just came from a screening of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically...
| December 01, 2011
Here's what we learn from Melancholia : life sucks, people are awful, we're all going to die, and good riddance. Who says Lars von Trier doesn't like happy endings?
Who says Lars von Trier doesn't like happy endings?
| November 11, 2011
Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #2: more Von Trier
What's the world coming to when a filmmaker can't joke about the Nazis and the Final Solution during a Cannes press conference? Lars Von Trier...
| May 19, 2011
Review: All Good Things
One thing is clear from Andrew Jarecki's account of the mysterious career of David Marks (Ryan Gosling): David should never have left the Vermont country store of the title.
Andrew Jarecki's vague space
| December 24, 2010
How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
British comics Rich Gervais and Simon Pegg have attempted the jump to Hollywood, opting to squeeze their eccentric personae into a standard romantic comedy.
Lesson learned, but no laughs
| October 01, 2008
Interview: Simon Pegg
Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.
Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
| October 01, 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
Scarred for life
There’s evidence that blogging is not merely comforting, but healthy.
Writing through the pain of self-harm
| July 09, 2008
Those behind the franchise appear to have decided they had to cram as many sequels as possible into Tobey Maguire's last movie.
Spider-Man 3 spins too many tales
| May 01, 2007
It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
Working out the kinks
| March 12, 2007
As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, cinema is not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Watch the trailer for Marie Antoinette (QuickTime) Fate’s pansy: Another view of Marie Antoinette. By Clea Simon.
Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie
| February 20, 2007
Ask Spin Cycle
Here at the Global Worldwide Headquarters of “Spin Cycle,” up to several letters have poured in during the past few days seeking our sage advice on all things electoral.
Campaign advice for the vote-lorn
| October 25, 2006
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
Kirsten Dunst: “The movie wasn’t about the sets or the costumes, it was about people and the history of emotions, rather than facts, to me.” Régime change: Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie. By Peter Keough
Coppola, Dunst and Schwartzman explain . . .
| October 18, 2006
Port Clyde is en Vogue
This month’s Vogue magazine includes pictures of Kirsten Dunst lounging around in ball gowns the size of small condos, an article on how to figure out what kind of silhouette you are, and, toward the back, a 14-page fashion spread shot on location in the
| September 20, 2006
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
Loud + clear
Pete Kilpatrick is the new star of the Portland music scene.
Pete Kilpatrick refuses to disappoint
| August 17, 2006
If there’s an extra hop in our step this week, it’s because we’re talking about Dan Hedaya, our top-tier, number-one, ultimate favorite character actor of all.
The career of Dan Hedaya
| July 20, 2006
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