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Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered
I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
| February 10, 2012
Review: The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep's two films with Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia and this silly biopic, demonstrate that even when the world's greatest actress is at the peak of her powers — whether dramatic, comic, or musical — it's not enough.
Streep's not enough to save this one
| January 13, 2012
Review: My Week with Marilyn
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) didn't distinguish the résumés of either Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier. It did mark a highpoint in the life of 23-year-old Colin Clark.
| November 25, 2011
Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
| October 28, 2011
Review: Nowhere Boy
John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was a handful as a teen.
Is that really how the Beatles met?
| October 15, 2010
This meditation from documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman on what might be America's most famous poem succeeds more as a glimpse into a great artist's creative process than as a movie, though give it credit for ambition.
More of a whimper, really
| October 01, 2010
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