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2009 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Year in Film: Rent a Wreck

    published December 24, 2009

    In a Dallas strip mall, in the neighborhood George W. Bush now calls home, sits a bright and fluorescent Blockbuster that, on this cold Thursday... More >>

  • Destination Unknown

    published December 17, 2009

    There is something oddly familiar about Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, in which George Clooney plays a commitment-phobic business... More >>

  • Meet the Parent

    published December 3, 2009

    Don't be misled by the cheesy, generic poster for Kirk Jones's Everybody's Fine, in which a grinning Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore... More >>

  • Sinking Ship

    published November 12, 2009

    Seven months after its theatrical release in the UK and two months after its DVD debut there, Pirate Radio washes ashore in U.S.... More >>

  • No Exclamation Point Necessary

    published September 17, 2009

    As evidenced by The Informant!, it's a hell of a tricky thing turning real-life pulp into floss sugar. The story of Archer Daniels... More >>

  • Labor Pains

    published September 3, 2009

    Mike Judge began writing the screenplay for Extract not long after Office Space opened and closed in a matter of weeks in the... More >>

  • Not Bad for Government Work

    published August 6, 2009

    In the Loop doesn't necessarily mean you're in the know. In Armando Iannucci's movie, a satire of the run-up to war with a Middle... More >>

  • Top Chef

    published August 6, 2009

    It was the best of movies. It was the worst of movies. Which is to say: There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia — but... More >>

  • Love Hurts

    published July 23, 2009

    On the surface, (500) Days of Summer really is no different from, oh, let's say The Proposal, in which Ryan Reynolds and... More >>

  • Victim of Circumstance

    published June 18, 2009

    Fifteen minutes after seeing The Proposal, I'd forgotten I'd seen The Proposal. Well, that's not entirely true: By then, it... More >>

  • Grounded

    published May 28, 2009

    First of all, Up is not a movie about a cranky old coot who, with the help of a roly-poly Boy Scout, finds his inner child during... More >>

  • The Con's on You

    published May 28, 2009

    Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing — where everything takes place in a familiar today and an... More >>

  • Warp Factor 10

    published May 7, 2009

    It's difficult for this long-time Trekkie to review J.J. Abrams's relaunching of the U.S.S. Enterprise. It's difficult to... More >>

  • Violent Miscreants and Power-Tripping Sociopaths

    published April 9, 2009

    Observe and Report writer-­director Jody Hill makes mean-spirited tragedies that studios market as inane comedies because... More >>

  • DreamWorks, In Your Face: Monsters vs. Aliens

    published March 26, 2009

    At the end of 2008, DreamWorks ­Animation bossman Jeffrey Katzenberg embarked on a cross-country tour, toting 20 minutes' worth of... More >>

  • Eternal Flame: I Love You, Man

    published March 19, 2009

    Just as we thought the "bromantic comedy" had overstayed its welcome, the genre reaches its high point with I Love You, Man. The... More >>

  • The Force Is Weak with the Long-Delayed Fanboys

    published February 5, 2009

    Fanboys is meant for the dude who's content to simply stare at an Imperial stormtrooper's empty helmet for 90 minutes. It's for... More >>

  • Biggie, Small

    published January 15, 2009

    Notorious, about a crack dealer who becomes an iconic rapper who becomes a tragic legend, is the first film George Tillman Jr.... More >>

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