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The Pictures Got Loud

A French love letter to American silent cinema

Movie Reviews Hard on the heels of Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s mash note to Georges Méliès and Harold Lloyd, comes the considerably less expensive—and considerably more charming—The Artist, a black-and-white, nearly word...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Ann Lewinson

A Good Horse

The thoroughbred in War Horse deserves a better movie

Movie Reviews Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is a grand, sweeping, lush and magnificent movie. It’s filmmaking that self-consciously recalls a John Ford epic, such as The Searchers or The Quiet Man. If only it were as good...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 David Riedel

Help from the Help

Sixth floor provides setting for droll romantic fantasy

Movie Reviews Paris, 1962: Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) and his wife, Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), have white-people problems, namely the family housekeeper. She’s a nasty old French bitch who won’t let Suzanne clear ou...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 David Riedel

In the End

Melancholia has us choose acceptance or fear

Movie Reviews Kirsten Dunst’s dimple-pointed smile lights up the opening scenes of Melancholia. She exudes such happiness that we don’t suspect an impending cosmic catastrophe, though we do begin to sense that she ...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What's in His Head?

Real or imagined, the storm in Take Shelter carries us away

Movie Reviews Here’s something you don’t often get at the movies: genuine surprise. Take Shelter, however, offers plenty, not just in its story, but also in the idea that a deliberately paced family drama can entertain...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 David Riedel

An ascending descendant

Rough start on redemption road in The Descendants

Movie Reviews The Descendants opens with a boating accident. It follows with a George Clooney, as the character Matt King, voice-over: “My friends on the mainland think, because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Are...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 David Riedel

Worthwhile Weekend

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
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Morning Word: Sanctuary Standoff

Morning Word Sessions Doubles Down on Sanctuary ThreatUS Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated a Trump promise that sanctuary cities will lose funding if they don't toe the line and work with federal Immigratio ... More

March 28, 2017 by Matt Grubs


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