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Review: Safe House
Daniel Espinosa's over-edited but engaging spy thriller delves into edgy territory untouched by any of the numerous movies it imitates: it has Brendan Gleeson do an American accent.
Daniel Espinosa's spy thriller
| February 17, 2012
Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one
"Boston Phoenix" stalwart correspondent Harlan Jacobson is busy watching movies and breathing thin air at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's the first of his dispatches...
| January 21, 2012
Review: The Change Up
You know the summer movies are bottoming out when they resort to the old body-switch premise.
The old body-switch premise
| August 05, 2011
2010: The year in Nic Cage
Around two minutes into Carter Burwell's arrangement of the banjo standard "Way Out There" (known to most of us as the theme from Raising Arizona ), the melody, heretofore whistled and yodeled over wild and rambling little arpeggios, gives way to some f
365 days of pure trumpet-sharing, fishseks-pondering, velvet-ceilinged madness
| December 24, 2010
Alfred Hitchcock famously set an entire film in a lifeboat, but he had Tallulah Bankhead and William Bendix to bail him out.
How much do you like Ryan Reynolds?
| October 01, 2010
Review: The Proposal
Anne Fletcher's comedy proves funnier and warmer than the dog-eared premise it hangs on: ice-bitch boss turns to her abused, resentful underling for an out-of-office favor, shows a shred of humanity, and love blossoms.
Predictability and Betty White have much to do with the film's modest success
| June 19, 2009
Could the revival of the "Portrait of the Auteur As a Young Man" genre signal a new era of auteurship in Hollywood? Maybe, but Mottola, for one, hasn't quite reached that point.
Greg Mottola faces growing pains
| March 31, 2009
Are you ready for the Truth? Here goes: it’s the name given by over-wound human clock Frank to his penis.
A plot centered around one man's penis
| April 09, 2008
Pop Trash, MRTPQ and WTF?
Fletcher files another Pop Trash report, the results from the Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query and My Song Is Better Than Yours, and we check...
| November 15, 2007
Perhaps Joe Carnahan pitched his follow-up to 2002’s Narc as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World by way of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and bad wigs. Watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces (QuickTime)
An inept mess
| January 24, 2007
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