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2011 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • Boy Reporter, Back for New Adventures

    published December 22, 2011

    Steven Spielberg's motion-captured, 3-D The Adventures of Tintin rolls together plot elements from three comic-book adventures... More >>

  • Holmes, Sherlock Holmes

    published December 15, 2011

    Although supplying boys' adventure thrills on the side, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are remarkable for how they make the process... More >>

  • Failure Breeds Success

    published November 17, 2011

    "I don't think about the home where my films will land," says Alexander Payne, free-range in a film culture fenced off into art house and... More >>

  • High-rise Robbery

    published November 3, 2011

    A revenge of the have-nots playing on the clear class stratification of the luxury high-rise, Tower Heist pits lobby against... More >>

  • Much Ado About Very Little

    published October 27, 2011

    Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, is the close-second candidate to be attributed authorship of the 37 plays of William Shakespeare, the... More >>

  • Real Steel

    published October 6, 2011

    Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a two-bit trainer traveling the state fair circuit in a not-too-distant future. His line is robot fighting, a... More >>

  • Simian Disobedience

    published August 11, 2011

    The latest descendant of the half-century old de-evolution concept that began with Pierre Boulle's novel Rise of the Planet of the... More >>

  • How the West Was Really Won

    published July 28, 2011

    We begin in classic, saddle-sore terrain. A lone stranger with a mysterious past—Daniel Craig fills the boots here—rides into a... More >>

  • Difficult Gifts

    published June 9, 2011

    Including glimpses of Sleeping Beauty in her glass coffin, the rings of Saturn and a roadside Texas barbecue, Terrence Malick's The Tree of... More >>

  • Sloppy Seconds

    published May 5, 2011

    Something Borrowed is based on a 2005 work of chick literature by Emily Giffin. It was directed with extraordinary impersonality by... More >>

  • Formal Disaster

    published April 28, 2011

    "This one perfect moment." "That soul-crushing mistress." "Our forever night." These and other understated definitions are obsessively applied to... More >>

  • Lincoln Memorial

    published April 14, 2011

    Set in the months after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, The Conspirator follows the consequences of the fatal shot at Ford's Theater... More >>

  • Stoned and Throned

    published April 7, 2011

    Your Highness plays like a dirty-joke blooper reel made by the cast of a junky sword-and-sorcery epic, streaked with carelessly... More >>

  • 3 BR, Designer Touches, Great Spook Views

    published March 31, 2011

    There is a great deal of prowling motion in Insidious: a recurring sideways dolly outside an ominous house, a trench-coat-clad... More >>

  • Porn-ing in America

    published March 3, 2011

    Ink still wet on his MIT degree, Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) is back in hometown Los Angeles, waiting for his future to clarify itself while he... More >>

  • Hall Pass

    published February 24, 2011

    Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are two domesticated husbands whose long marriages (to Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate,... More >>

  • The Devil You Know

    published January 27, 2011

    The Rite is the latest of at least a dozen widely released American movies in half as many years with demonic possession a major... More >>

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