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Difficult women; Oscar gold

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...
By Peter Keough  |  December 01, 2011
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Review: Hesher

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.

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011
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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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 15, 2011
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Speech impediments?

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2011
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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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 28, 2011
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011


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A dance critic's take on Black Swan

WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
Bad-girl chat
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 17, 2010
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Portman, Aronofsky dance on the edge

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Barre code
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2010
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2010
AUDIO: Press conference for "Black Swan" [MP3]

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...
By Peter Keough  |  December 02, 2010
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 27, 2010


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Heroine chic

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Brothers

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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009
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The Natalie Portman story

It was totally Lady Gaga
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 04, 2009
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009
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October lite

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009


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Buzz band?

"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
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  April 17, 2009
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Interview: Leanne Shapton

There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
Object lessons
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2009
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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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 05, 2008
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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
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008
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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
By PETER HYMAN  |  February 27, 2008


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Primary concerns

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2007
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Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

This one’s a lot to sit through.
Meet Super Creep
By MARK BAZER  |  November 14, 2007
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Tourist attractions

Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007
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Darjeeling unlimited

Movie miniaturist Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums , Rushmore ) expands his horizons in The Darjeeling Limited.
Wes Anderson talks about India, Owen, and the short
By GARY SUSMAN  |  October 03, 2007
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Goya's Ghosts

It’s the looming specter of a once-great filmmaking talent rising after an eight-year silence.
Hauntingly awful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 18, 2007


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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007
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Size matters

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
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007
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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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007
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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
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006