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Omnibore’s Dilemma

The Dilemma has no plans to solve itself

Movie Reviews It takes a special kind of mainstream mush to waste Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly and your money all at once. Screenwriter Alan Loeb and director Ron Howard have found the formula. ...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Grand Furnishings

Tiny Furniture celebrates the little things

Movie Reviews Should the academy care to inaugurate a new award category this year, for Achievement in Being So Much Less Annoying Than We Expected Given All the Hype, and then fail to bestow it upon Lena Dunham for her film...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

A Rousing Talk

The King’s Speech doesn’t falter

Movie Reviews A well-bred crowd-pleaser and so obviously an Oscar magnet that it’s equally obvious to say so, The King’s Speech also happens to be a good movie. We’ll all feel better when the word gets out.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Dirty Business

True Grit dusts off that old Western nostalgia

Movie Reviews Of what does true grit consist? Grit, presumably, but also something else, something that makes it easy to distinguish from false grit. True Grit the film consists of a young teenage girl in 1880 Arkansas who h...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 None

Poetic Yowling

Howl leaves one wondering

Movie Reviews Nobody wants to say a disparaging word about an experimental reverie on Allen Ginsberg from the filmmaker who hit The Times of Harvey Milk out of the park. But just as directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 None

Rock On, Rock Off

127 Hours cuts to the bone

Movie Reviews As man-against-nature stories go, 127 Hours is a bit of a detour: no fending off wolves or grizzlies, flash floods or blizzards. Aron Ralston’s foe is, instead, the inert but somehow malevolent boulder th...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Felicia Feaster

Without Benefits

Love & Other Drugs can't get it up

Movie Reviews In an era when sex is everywhere, how does a film about serious issues get blacklisted while a popcorn flick about fuck buddies getting mooshy feelings for one another is deemed a breezy romp?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 None

Hairy Potter

Deathly Hallows is older, darker and less fun

Movie Reviews Watching the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise, one might occasionally feel transported to the post-apocalyptic bummer landscape of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Felicia Feaster

I Spy

Fair Game could afford to play a little dirty

Movie Reviews Fair Game is the kind of film that expects to incite passion and outrage. By every token, it should. It centers on two gravely wronged people—Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former ambassador Joseph...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 None


Due Date follows no one's deadlines

Movie Reviews The season of serious films is upon us. It’s time again for the earnest, honorable pictures that like to quiet the room, just when you’re in a good conversational groove, to say, “Ladies and g...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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