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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

Overdue

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

Brother’s Keeper

Conviction isn’t wholly convincing

Movie Reviews In this film based on a true story, brother and sister Kenny (Sam Rockwell) and Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) have the kind of fierce devotion to each other more often seen in movie lovers or mafiosi. Their ...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 None

Extrasensory Letdown

Eastwood’s latest magnum opus fires blanks

Movie Reviews It’s strange to think that the famously adamantine Clint Eastwood would be so easy to brush off nowadays but, somehow, his movies have become overwhelmingly wishy-washy. It’s fitting, then, that a t...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
 
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