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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

The Older Years

RED is long in the tooth and other dated expressions

Movie Reviews In RED, oldness is of the essence. Apparently, it is a movie about patronizing the elderly. RED stands for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous,” and refers to a once-elite team of aged and variously cuddl...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Greater Expectations

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut lacks grandeur

Movie Reviews When did we first register the greatness of Philip Seymour Hoffman? Was it as early as his turn on that old Law & Order episode in 1991? Was it not until he’d worked his way up to playing the raucous rock...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Complicated

The Social Network depicts Facebook’s unfriendly birth

Movie Reviews The Social Network feels like a strange and satisfying blend of two worlds. On one hand, it’s a classic Hollywood screwball comedy in which brainy dialogue ping-pongs with dizzying speed between uber-brai...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stone Cold

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps spells everything out

Movie Reviews It is an ancient stockbroker, and he stoppeth to shill a book. The grizzled ex-tycoon is Gordon Gekko; his memoir, written after two decades in the clink, is titled Is Greed Good? Viewers of a certain temperame...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oh, Brother

I’m Still Here doesn’t fake it or mean it

Movie Reviews I'm still here is a portrait of a self-tortured artist in the process of torturing himself—and others.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Milla Vanilla

Resident Evil takes zombies—and fans—for granted.

Movie Reviews Resident Evil newbies may find the fourth installment of the film series lacking in backstory. Zombie fighter Alice (Milla Jovovich) confines explanations to brief expositions via a clumsy conceit of a video di...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Julia Goldberg

Still Sinful

Clooney shows his bad side, and it isn’t good.

Movie Reviews For a rough idea of what was going through George Clooney’s head when he signed on to The American—apart from the set’s proximity to his Italian villa—look no further than the only other...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Taxi Cab Confession

Laura Poitras’ film gives a rare perspective

Movie Reviews The Oath features a story so strange it feels more like fiction than fact. Few news programs or investigations of 9.11 and its aftermath have plumbed terrorism with this kind of insight. It is an eerie moment i...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
 
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