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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

Pay it Forward

Helen Mirren and friends participate in a creaky spy thriller remake

Movie Reviews We greet The Debt with a sense of relief, if only because its title could portend some hasty hectoring documentary about Congress figuring out its financial “super committee,” and this movie is so...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Not a Lock

Sarah’s Key is just another tasteful Holocaust drama

Movie Reviews Sarah’s Key would like to reassure you that there is still a place in this world—or at least in its movie theaters—for the grave Holocaust drama of child endangerment.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Reel Indian Art

Native Cinema Showcase is a forum for underexposed talent

Movie Reviews Given the specific nature of the 11th Annual Native Cinema Showcase, which coincided with Indian Market and showed more than 40 films from Native filmmakers worldwide, I was curious about exactly who would fi...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Lindsay Jaeger

Killing Time

30 Minutes or Less is Too Long

Movie Reviews By modern movie standards, the polite action-comedy about bumbling criminals seems awfully quaint. Might some refreshment be had from a rude slacker comedy featuring utter dumbshit criminals?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Rise Against

Rise of the Planet of the Apes kickstarts a phony franchise

Movie Reviews I’ve seen episodes of Lassie that made me ponder the human-animal relationship more than Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 SFR

Middling Mashup

Cowboys & Aliens boasts more writers and producers than good ideas

Movie Reviews Cowboys & Aliens doesn’t just sound conceptually obvious; it’s obvious in every other way, too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Patriot Games

Captain America delivers over-the-top, America-lovin’ fervor

Movie Reviews Captain America: The First Avenger does accurately reflect a few things from actual history. But while the United States did flirt with eugenics for a while, and Nazi Germany did try to vaporize whole populatio...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Final Fantasy

The Harry Potter series comes to its big, bombastic finish

Movie Reviews After the rambling first half of the final Harry Potter installment, the filmmakers get down to business to give the franchise a resilient balance of emotion, story and spectacle.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Cole Smithey
 
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Trump Paints Dark Picture

Morning Word The Republican nominee declares himself the country's savior. ... More

July 22, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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