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For Better or for Amnesia The Vow
Rachel McAdams gets the sense knocked out of her in The Vow.
, February 16, 2012
The Vow, a full-bodied lunge for the heartstrings, has a humdinger of a premise, forcing its characters to face a question that most of us ask... More>>
Protect the Abs at All Cost Safe House
Ryan Reynolds's bod is the asset in men-on-the-run thriller Safe House.
, February 09, 2012
"He's sooo hot," the woman sitting next to me at the screening of Safe House sighed to her friend as the film's opening images of Ryan Reynolds... More>>
Horror, Stripped Down to Its Bones The Innkeepers
There's no room for indulgence at the Ti West Inn.
, February 02, 2012
Ti West, the 34-year-old writer-director of The Innkeepers, has spent the past several years steadily toiling his way through the ranks of horror... More>>
Dance, Dance, Revolution Pina
Big emotions and an extra dimension in Pina.
, January 26, 2012
"You just have to get crazier" were the words of advice mighty choreographer Pina Bausch once gave to one of her dancers, who fondly recalls the... More>>
Bad Mommy We Need to Talk About Kevin
Tilda Swinton and her problem child in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
, January 26, 2012
In Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton lives out an urban bohemian's worst nightmare. Forced to give up her independence... More>>
Some Nouns, Some Verbs and 9/11 Some Nouns, Some Verbs and 9/11
Bald eagles will weep for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
, January 19, 2012
Director Stephen Daldry has never met a Big Theme he didn't like: After 2002's The Hours, a lugubrious women's-problem picture touching on AIDS... More>>
Locked In The Divide
Survivors of a nuclear disaster scratch each other's eyes out in The Divide.
, January 19, 2012
A mushroom cloud blooms over Manhattan at the opening of The Divide. We see it reflected in the tearful eyes of Eva (Lauren German), who'll spend... More>>
Girl Fight Haywire
Steven Soderbergh and his MMA star make impact with Haywire.
, January 19, 2012
There's a point in Haywire when the film's protagonist, ex-Marine Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), gone rogue from her job as hired muscle for a... More>>
Angelina's War Movie In the Land of Blood and Honey
Hollywood goes to Bosnia in The Land of Blood and Honey.
, January 19, 2012
It's 1992 at the start of In the Land of Blood and Honey, and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) and Danijel (Goran Kostic) are about to hook up at a Bosnian... More>>
Odd Couple Odd Couple
She fights like a guy, he grooms like a girl: Gina Carano and Channing Tatum make a good match in Haywire.
, January 19, 2012
"Steven [Soderbergh] asked me, 'Why is Angelina Jolie the only female action star in the world?' I told him, 'I don't know,' and he said,... More>>
I Don't Know How She Did It I Don't Know How She Did It
Margaret Thatcher as victimized woman in The Iron Lady.
, January 12, 2012
In the first scene of The Iron Lady, which re-teams director Phyllida Lloyd with her Mamma Mia! star Meryl Streep, eightysomething Margaret... More>>
On Her Way Out On Her Way Out
To be young, gifted, black and lesbian in Dee Rees's Pariah.
, January 12, 2012
The first ten minutes of Dee Rees's funny, moving, nuanced and impeccably acted first feature, in which coming of age and coming out are... More>>
White People Problems White People Problems
The parental rage of brownstone Brooklyn in Carnage.
, January 12, 2012
Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play, Carnage, stars Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet as two sets... More>>
Is Nothing Sacred? Is Nothing Sacred?
The godly union of Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, sullied in Joyful Noise.
, January 12, 2012
A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane, Joyful Noise, about a small-town Southern gospel choir, lifts from Usher's "Yeah!" to give us this... More>>
The Silence of the Hams The Silence of the Hams
Jabber-free, The Artist joyfully resurrects Hollywood's past.
, December 22, 2011
An undeniably charming homage to Hollywood in the late 1920s, The Artist will probably be the most successful silent movie since the days of the... More>>
New Girl in Town New Girl in Town
Rooney Mara takes control of the Stieg Larsson juggernaut in Dragon Tattoo.
, December 22, 2011
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is hardly a personal project. Still, David Fincher's sveltely malevolent remake of the 2009 Swedish blockbuster... More>>
What Do Men Want What Do Men Want
The birth of psychoanalysis in A Dangerous Method.
, December 22, 2011
A Dangerous Method, the title of David Cronenberg's viscerally cerebral new film, is something of an understatement. As cataclysmic as it is,... More>>
Taming Creatures Taming Creatures
World War I gets the Spielberg treatment in War Horse.
, December 22, 2011
A doggedly overwrought production less felt than facile, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is an essentially uninvolving prestige adaptation. It... More>>
Boy Reporter, Back for New Adventures Boy Reporter, Back for New Adventures
What's lost in translation, and what's gained, as Tintin goes from page to screen.
, December 22, 2011
Steven Spielberg's motion-captured, 3-D The Adventures of Tintin rolls together plot elements from three comic-book adventures starring Belgian... More>>
Animal House Animal House
Oh, don't be such a cynic. Matt Damon needs your love in We Bought a Zoo.
, December 22, 2011
When I told someone I was off to a screening of We Bought a Zoo the other day, the response was an eye roll. The reaction's understandable: Save... More>>
Holmes, Sherlock Holmes Holmes, Sherlock Holmes
Everyone's favorite Victorian detective gets a Bond makeover in Game of Shadows.
, 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>>
Body Horror Body Horror
Extreme sex addiction in Shame.
, December 15, 2011
Steve McQueen's first two films both star Michael Fassbender, feature virtually interchangeable titles and are nearly as grueling to watch as... More>>
Whack a Mole Whack a Mole
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy takes us back to the Cold War.
, December 08, 2011
John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel generally regarded as the writer's finest, is predicated on a pair of... More>>
Mahnahmahmeh Mahnahmahmeh
Muppets reboot can't quite get its act together.
, November 24, 2011
Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen X'ers who grew up with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Dr. Teeth, but also the tykes who've never even... More>>
A Boy, His Toy and the History of Cinema A Boy, His Toy and the History of Cinema
Scorsese milks the 3D trend for his timeless cause in Hugo.
, November 24, 2011
Martin Scorsese's first foray into big-budget family filmmaking — as well as his inaugural effort in 3-D — Hugo is a personal... More>>
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