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Review: Won't Back Down
Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.
| October 05, 2012
Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
| June 08, 2012
Review: Nanny McPhee Returns
This second entry in the Nanny McPhee franchise told me nothing further about the stoic title caretaker.
What lies beneath the prostheses?
| August 27, 2010
Crossword: ''Battle of the Bands''
Who would win?
Who would win?
| April 30, 2010
Heart keeps beating
Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
| January 29, 2010
Review: Crazy Heart
Every great actor has at least one washed-up, alcoholic, award-winning-country-singer role in him. For Jeff Bridges, it's "Bad" Blake, a former C&W legend now reduced to playing bowling alleys and dive bars in tiny towns in the Southwest.
Country discomfort: Jeff Bridges can't be beat
| January 08, 2010
Lite at the end of the tunnel?
If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
| January 01, 2010
Darkness falls in the Dark Knight
“The night is darkest just before the dawn,” says District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
Scars run deep in Christopher Nolan’s Götterdämmerung
| July 16, 2008
Paris je t'aime
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
| May 23, 2007
Stranger than Fiction
What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction (QuickTime
Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
| November 10, 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
You could call Bart Freundlich’s Manhattan romp about couples and relationships Men Behaving Badly 101 . Watch the trailer for Trust the Man (QuickTime)
Bart Freundlich on misbehaving men
| August 17, 2006
The result is emotional pornography not unlike that produced by cable stations when they pump up the “human” angle of catastrophe for higher ratings. Watch the trailer for World Trade Center (QuickTime) Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone:
Oliver Stone’s trite take on 9/11
| August 09, 2006
The Great New Wonderful
This film from Danny Leiner is set in Manhattan around September 11, 2002, and though its disparate cast of characters don’t overtly acknowledge the catastrophe of a year before, they don’t seem unaffected, either. Watch the trailer for The Great New
Subtle, witty confection from the director of Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle
| June 23, 2006
Apocalypse now and then
With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
| May 03, 2006
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