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Forget Love Story; this is the real thing

Movie Reviews Weekend pulls viewers in so deeply that I felt I needed a shower and a nap afterward. And I mean this in the best possible way: I will remember this film as one of the sweetest, most sincere love stories of the...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Nicole Auckerman

Have I got a deal for you

Chris Paine would like to sell you a Tesla

Movie Reviews It’s back. No, not the practical, affordable consumer electric car—despite the claims made in Chris Paine’s Who Killed the Electric Car?, such a thing had never really existed. No, the most prom

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Ben Waterhouse

How the market went kerblooey

Margin Call puts a human face—albeit a soulless one—on the financial crisis

Movie Reviews Margin Call is a tough sell. The film—about the 24 hours after a New York investment firm dumps its rapidly devaluing mortgage-backed securities—comes along while too many people across the country continue...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 David Riedel

Prequelly Sequel Re-Remake

The Thing may seem familiar, but it’s not because it’s new

Movie Reviews Strange visitor with assimilation challenge shakes up local status quo—we could be talking about Footloose, but we’re in fact referring to The Thing, another recently renewed early ’80s movie memory.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

The Kids Are Not All Right

Archie’s Final Project has the opposite of its intended affect

Movie Reviews Promoted as a teen suicide awareness film, Archie’s Final Project comes off as a gratuitous exploitation of teen angst, made for the attention-deficient, packaged in elaborate production. The irony of this mo...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Funeral Crashers

Gus Van Sant’s troubled teens, this time in vintage attire

Movie Reviews If you are a 12-year-old girl who has never seen Harold and Maude, you may find yourself in some kind of heaven watching Restless.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Ann Lewinson

Game Changers

Moneyball is at least the best Brad Pitt-Jonah Hill baseball movie ever

Movie Reviews Moneyball is so inside baseball, it’s inside out. Imagine not just another movie reverie on the virtues of the American pastime, but one with the mind-set of a back-office stats wonk. Nonfans will be hard-pre...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Someone in a Tree

Antichrist's lead actress is at one with nature once more

Movie Reviews The redoubtable Charlotte Gainsbourg emerges unscathed from Antichrist, Lars von Trier’s 2009 succès de scandale, as the pointedly named Dawn O’Neil, a newly widowed mother of four, in The Tree. French fi...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Ann Lewinson

Epic Disaster

Soderbergh’s disaster flick clumsily steps back

Movie Reviews Contagion is the name of the film because it’s also the name of the most developed character.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

In Connemara

A great cast can’t save this arch Tarantino rip-off

Movie Reviews Playwright Martin McDonagh, who made an exciting transition to film with the crime comedy In Bruges, is one of a kind. His brother John Michael McDonagh is another matter entirely.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Ann Lewinson
 
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