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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
There's plenty to admire in Spencer Susser's feature debut, like the impressive cast — Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Piper Laurie — and the heartfelt intentions of Susser's dark coming-of-age tale.
| May 13, 2011
Review: Your Highness
The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
| April 15, 2011
Given the change in political attitudes after the election of Barack Obama, a reactionary backlash following last year's progressive Oscars - in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director - might be no surprise. But who knew the A
Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner
| February 25, 2011
Review: No Strings Attached
It isn't only in the TV commercial that Ashton Kutcher says "sex friends" ...
A movie about fuck buddies that's squeamish about the term
| January 28, 2011
Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety
Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
| January 21, 2011
A dance critic's take on Black Swan
WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| December 17, 2010
Portman, Aronofsky dance on the edge
| December 03, 2010
Review: Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky's bizarre and brilliant Black Swan might remind you of many other movies, from All About Eve to David Cronenberg's The Fly . But it's also like nothing you've ever seen before.
Fowl play: Aronofsky, Portman take flight
| December 03, 2010
AUDIO: Press conference for "Black Swan" [MP3]
Laugh, cry, or gasp -- in horror, delight, or incredulity -- but chances are you won't be bored by Darren Aronofsky's sui generis extravaganza, "Black...
| December 02, 2010
Interview: Chloe Moretz
"You are watching a star being born," says Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn about Chloe Moretz in the voiceover commentary to the DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie, which came out at the beginning of this month.
Hit-Girl to It Girl
| August 27, 2010
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
| April 09, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom seems to have replaced Vietnam as Hollywood's go-to military quagmire from which to dredge gut-wrenching meditations on the psychological carnage of war.
Maguire, Gyllenhaal go deer hunting
| December 11, 2009
The Natalie Portman story
It was totally Lady Gaga
| December 04, 2009
Review: New York, I Love You
The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
| October 16, 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
"The rise to the top is the best part," says Natalie Portman's Shaved Head multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Price. "That's what Tupac said in the Biggie movie."
The glistening pleasures of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| April 17, 2009
Interview: Leanne Shapton
There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
| March 24, 2009
At home away from home
“We love all the pop stuff.” says Sá. “We do love the Pixies, but we also love Mariah, you know?"
CSS take on the world — again
| August 05, 2008
My Blueberry Nights
Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
Sexy but emotionally failing
| April 16, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl
Though both lead actresses give admirable performances, they’re held captive (and kept clothed) by Peter Morgan’s flat script.
A neutered affair
| February 27, 2008
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
| December 28, 2007
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
This one’s a lot to sit through.
Meet Super Creep
| November 14, 2007
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
| October 03, 2007
Movie miniaturist Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums , Rushmore ) expands his horizons in The Darjeeling Limited.
Wes Anderson talks about India, Owen, and the short
| October 03, 2007
It’s the looming specter of a once-great filmmaking talent rising after an eight-year silence.
| July 18, 2007
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
The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
| February 06, 2007
Wincing the blogs away
In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic enviro
Indie rockers try selling out for a change
| January 17, 2007
Hunting the wild Klosterman
He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
| October 05, 2006
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