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You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
| January 27, 2012
It's brother against brother in this latest inspirational sports drama.
Two brothers face off
| September 09, 2011
Review: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
If you missed C&D1 , not to worry — few of the original cast are back.
Because the kiddies really need a spoof of Silence of the Lambs
| July 30, 2010
Review: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Curtis Hanson's 2000 adaptation of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys remained true to the writer's chimerical whimsy without getting cute. Not so Rawson Marshall Thurber's trashing of Chabon's first novel
A stunted coming-of-age story
| April 10, 2009
Despite a few soft spots along the way, Thunder combines the dark absurdity of Stiller’s underrated Cable Guy with the unrestrained dumbness of his Zoolander .
Tropic Thunder is stupid-funny
| August 13, 2008
Our superheroes, ourselves
Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
| July 09, 2008
The 100 unsexiest men in the world
Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART
| March 27, 2008
Et tu Brute?
"The whole theatrical event is sort of . . . a much more mysterious one."
Interview: The Wire's "Prez" does the Bard
| February 05, 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
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
Off the Black
The first 30 minutes of James Ponsoldt’s understated feature debut feel scripted; you can see the typed-up lines of dialogue in the exchanges between aging umpire Ray Cook and floppy-haired high-school pitcher Dave Tibbel. Watch the trailer for Off
On the ball
| December 20, 2006
The wise-elder/insolent-apprentice story has been so durable in Hollywood that many scriptwriting manuals teach it as a paradigm. Watch the trailer for Peaceful Warrior (QuickTime)
Following the template by numbers
| July 12, 2006
As Courtney Love can tell you, the choice between burning out and fading away gets complicated when children are involved.
Maggie Cheung gives a great performance as aspiring rock chanteuse
| June 07, 2006
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