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  • With horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (who also directs) have created an intricate design that makes the film nearly impossible to talk about without giving away surprises. The basic setup, the...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    At the end of The Cabin in the Woods, the world is destroyed by an apocalyptic hand of fate — an actual hand, mind you — yet that is not a spoiler, not really. The real spoilers in the film are in the tricky mechanics crafted by writer...

  • 7 years ago | Film Reviews

    For a movie called Larry Crowne, it sure is tough to get a solid read on the character of Larry Crowne. Directed, co-written by and starring Tom Hanks in that title role, the film seems to want to be some kind of post-recessional pick-me-up, an "I...

  • 8 years ago | Film Reviews

    Sometimes you feel bad for movie marketers, tasked with connecting any given film to an audience as large as possible. Take, for example, The American. Judging by the film's trailers and advertisements, it's a fast-paced Euro-stylish thriller star...

  • 8 years ago | Film and TV

    "Everyone thinks they know Joan Rivers. And they do. They know part of her persona and her performances, but they don't know Joan Rivers." Filmmaker Ricki Stern is talking about the documentary she co-directed with Annie Sundberg called Joan River...


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