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Review: This Means War
What promises to be a modern Jules and Jim (until you realize it's directed by a 43-year-old who calls himself "McG") quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing.
Spy vs. Spy territory
| February 17, 2012
Review: How Do You Know
It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
| December 17, 2010
Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens
Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
A force to be reckoned with
| March 24, 2009
Hope springs infernal
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
| March 12, 2009
Rather than the typical snowstorm that strands characters in a Holiday-themed comedy, it's heavy cloud cover that keeps San Francisco couple Brad and Kate from catching their flight to Fiji.
Tests the audiences' tolerance of grim cheer
| November 25, 2008
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
| November 04, 2008
Comparisons with Alexander Payne’s Election won’t fly.
A very entertaining documentary
| October 21, 2008
Some 4000 potential Elles exercised their saucy smarts in five cities across the country, with the best 50 coming to New York.
Legally Blonde ’s almost-leading ladies
| September 25, 2008
New + old classics
As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
Life on the boards
| September 10, 2008
Fall on the boards
There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
| September 08, 2008
Two and one
There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
| May 21, 2008
It’s ironic, and probably auspicious for its box office, that Rendition comes out a week after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Khaled el-Masri.
A soapy plot tortures the truth
| October 16, 2007
As a reader of fiction, at this point in life I’m sort of in my late Imperial phase — a sensationalist, easily distracted, with a vulgar appetite for brilliance.
Tom Perrotta keeps his characters company through the bumps and bumbles of American life
| October 03, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew kicks off with a mystery that eluded even our supersleuth.
Nancy Drew lifts off on screen
| June 13, 2007
“I heard a sound when I was a child,” Elvis Perkins sings in “It’s Only Me,” a typically introspective folk-pop number from this debut album.
Ash Wednesday | XL
| February 20, 2007
Crossword: 'I'm allergic to this puzzle'
It's bound to get a bad reaction
| May 10, 2006
The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwrit
Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
| March 07, 2006
Hollywood gives Bush the finger
Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
| January 26, 2006
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