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2009 Stories by Scott Foundas

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    Year in Film: Director of the Decade

    published December 24, 2009

    On a late March morning, the sun sits high in the Cape Town sky, illuminating the trapezoidal monolith of Table Mountain in the distance, while... More >>

  • Year in Film: Grounded

    published December 24, 2009

    Unlike the zigzagging protagonist of his latest film, Up in the Air, Jason Reitman tends to stay close to home. "If we were in a small... More >>

  • Year in Film: Three Critics' Top Three

    published December 24, 2009

    Looking back on a decade dominated by the movie franchise — Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars and... More >>

  • Year in Film: Three Critics, One List, Ten Best

    published December 24, 2009

    1. The Hurt Locker: The decade's strongest Iraq movie is also the year's finest action flick, not to mention... More >>

  • Director's Block

    published December 24, 2009

    There's no city-clogging traffic jam in Nine, the musicalized version of Federico Fellini's movie-about-moviemaking urtext 8... More >>

  • Something's Gotta Give

    published December 24, 2009

    Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers's biennial... More >>

  • Good Housekeeping

    published December 3, 2009

    Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but for the title character of the pitch-black Chilean comedy The Maid, it's closer to an... More >>

  • What a Fox

    published November 26, 2009

    Given his preference for static, symmetrical, scrupulously color-coordinated and art-directed compositions, it's less surprising that Wes Anderson... More >>

  • Back in Action

    published November 26, 2009

    John Woo spent a decade navigating the big-studio minefield — longer than most foreign auteurs last in Hollywood before throwing in the... More >>

  • Diary of a Sad Black Woman

    published November 12, 2009

    In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; mother... More >>

  • Higher Learning

    published October 29, 2009

    The title is a double entendre in An Education, the film version of British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir about the crash course... More >>

  • Truth in Advertising

    published October 22, 2009

    The title of Shane Meadows's Somers Town refers to the bleak, working-class neighborhood that lies in the shadow of London's St... More >>

  • Thingamabob vs. Machine

    published September 10, 2009

    Early in Shane Acker's computer-animated debut feature 9, a diminutive anthropomorphic whatsit, with wooden hands, copper fingers... More >>

  • Divide and Conquer

    published August 13, 2009

    The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp's fast and furiously inventive... More >>

  • It's a Wacky Life

    published July 30, 2009

    After devoting his first two films as director, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, to getting laid and having kids,... More >>

  • Set to Explode

    published July 23, 2009

    Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts... More >>

  • Prince of Darkness

    published July 16, 2009

    Don't let the PG rating fool you: The dark arts are back with a vengeance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the generally... More >>

  • Mann on the Run

    published July 2, 2009

    "They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bank-robber-cum-folk-hero... More >>

  • Staggering Something

    published June 11, 2009

    Midway through A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers's solipsistic, terminally-apologetic-for-being-solipsistic... More >>

  • J'Accuse!

    published June 11, 2009

    Director Kirby Dick doesn't actually stick his camera under any Capitol Hill bathroom stalls in the new documentary Outrage, but his... More >>

  • Man Drive Car

    published May 21, 2009

    At 73, the Memphis-born actor, stuntman, former U.S. Marine and Golden Gloves boxer Red West has the stoic, leathery repose of a barfly on a John... More >>

  • Sucker Punch

    published May 7, 2009

    The face of Mike Tyson stares out from the screen like a sentry — intent, sober, watchful. The camera sits close, the framing is tight... More >>

  • Dito Montiel's Fighting Lacks Punch

    published April 23, 2009

    Writing about A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, the 2006 debut film by director Dito Montiel, I likened it to the sort of crude but... More >>

  • 17 Again Is Less Than Zero

    published April 16, 2009

    This much is for sure about the makers of the new Zac Efron picture 17 Again: They know their audience. Scientifically engineered... More >>

  • Boxing, Sex and Madness

    published April 9, 2009

    Though he no longer sports the black trunks, sockless black boots and gut-twisting scowl with which he cut such a menacing figure in the ring,... More >>

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