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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

Hammerzeit!

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

Prom and Circumstance

Prom is as predictable as prom, just better-looking

Movie Reviews What starts out as an all-too-formulaic teen romantic comedy settles into a forgivably recipe-driven think piece on the milestone significance of that unique social gathering known as the prom.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 SFR

Full Nelson

Simple formula pins down a Win Win

Movie Reviews Even those with an aversion to upbeat, sports-themed feel-good dramas are bound to be seduced by the wrestling indie Win Win.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Felicia Feaster

Bana Montana

Hanna lacks heart and art

Movie Reviews Not every movie must be driven by characters. Some may be shoved forward against their will by a Chemical Brothers soundtrack. Or so hopes director Joe Wright (The Soloist), who now brings us the steadily groov...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Speaking Up

Voices from Inside gives insider perspective

Movie Reviews When Marjorie Wright set out to make a film about what the political context to a solution in Israel might look like, she found that people weren’t interested in answering abstract questions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Zelie Pollon

Low Rollers

Casino Jack lacks rage and invites pity

Movie Reviews Surely no offense to Anne Hathaway and James Franco was intended when some bloggers revived the idea that Kevin Spacey ought to host next year’s Oscars. It might not be a bad idea. After all, he’s p...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Wet Dog Smell

Red Riding Hood has big teeth, but no bite

Movie Reviews Red Riding Hood is a real Bavarian cream dream, existing in a soundstage Expressionist/Freudian forest where the trees sprout thick, jutting thorns, haystacks bloom with bright blue petals, and pure snow exists...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Aaron Mesh

Adjusting the Reel

The Adjustment Bureau can’t see the forest for the plot

Movie Reviews The Adjustment Bureau may have put so much time and energy into the star-studded cameos that open the film that it forgot to pay attention to the real meat of the matter. This conceptual thriller centers on amb...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Felicia Feaster

Gray Matter

And Everything Is Going Fine explores Spalding Gray’s corpus, not mind

Movie Reviews Steven Soderbergh’s new film does not ask: But who was Spalding Gray, really? That’s a nonstarter, if only because the act of asking is best left to Gray himself.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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Morning Word: Soda Tax Campaign Gets Sticky

Morning Word The head of a pro-tax political group is apologizing after distributing a flier that didn't say who paid for the blast. ... More

March 23, 2017 by Matt Grubs

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