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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

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

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

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

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


Despite the changing media landscape, Project Censored’s mission remains the same

Features The world was a different place in 1976 when Carl Jensen, a professor of communications at Sonoma State University, founded Project Censored to highlight important national news stories that were underreported ...

Wednesday, September 22, 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
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