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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

Murderous Uproar

The hysterical, deliciously dark Horrible Bosses satisfies

Movie Reviews As a much more successful bromance comedy than The Hangover Part II, Horrible Bosses benefits from the volatile comic mixture of chemistry between its actors and a genuinely quirky script.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Cole Smithey

Bad Education

Tom Hanks teaches a master class in mawkishness with Larry Crowne

Movie Reviews This must begin with a shameful confession: The trailer for Larry Crowne made me want to punch Julia Roberts in the face.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Trolling Abroad

Norway does the mock-doc monster movie…better

Movie Reviews Writer-director André vredal’s film begins with a sober disclaimer. What follows, we’re told, is a chronologically assembled, unretouched trove of haphazard documentary footage, gathere...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Art History

!Women Art Revolution documents a revolution but doesn’t start one.

Movie Reviews The subversive wit of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary !Women Art Revolution is apparent very early on, when the film uses man-on-the-street interviews for a pop quiz on women in museums. As Hershman Le...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Mutant Babies

X-Men: First Class doesn’t challenge the institution

Movie Reviews X-Men is the franchise we have to thank for the last decade’s numbing proliferation of comic-book superhero movies. So we should hold it to a higher standard.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Mourning After

The latest Hangover feels like one

Movie Reviews It’s not the worst, as group-of-dudes comedy sequels go. We’re not talking Ghostbusters II here. But of course, we weren’t talking Ghostbusters to begin with. We were talking The Hangover. So ...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Pirate This Movie

Depp and company finally get it right

Movie Reviews Orlando Bloom and his guilty-by-association co-star Keira Knightley have mercifully walked the plank. Finally, the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has found its way toward coherence...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Cole Smithey

Metered Lines

Poetry treats its subject matter delicately

Movie Reviews Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s latest, a Cannes Film Festival screenplay prizewinner last year, opens on an effortlessly lyrical moment. Only after we determine that, yes, a dead teenage girl is indeed...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer


Kenneth Branagh pounds out a Marvel

Movie Reviews We know this about Thor: Thursday is named after him. The movie doesn’t get into that. Too banal? Also, he’s the god of thunder, which the movie does get into, quite vividly.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer
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Morning Word: Martinez Vetoes Education Funding Cuts

Morning Word Governor criticizes lawmakers for cutting her teacher merit pay program and stipends for teachers in difficult-to-staff districts. ... More

Oct. 25, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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