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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>>
Fantasy Island Fantasy Island
Alexander Payne's Hawaiian excursion might be the feel-good movie of the year. Uh oh.
, November 17, 2011
As life-or-death dramedy, The Descendants poses several important questions: Why has it taken Alexander Payne seven years to follow up on his... More>>
Failure Breeds Success
Alexander Payne's pessimism is good for business.
, 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>>
Great Man Theories Great Man Theories
Clint Eastwood's inspired take on a giant of the 20th Century in J. Edgar.
, November 10, 2011
A resounding "yes" to the question trembling on every lip: There is life after Hereafter! Clint Eastwood goes deep into Oliver Stone territory... More>>
High-rise Robbery High-rise Robbery
Stealing from the rich to...oh, whatever. Funny is the message in Tower Heist.
, November 03, 2011
A revenge of the have-nots playing on the clear class stratification of the luxury high-rise, Tower Heist pits lobby against penthouse. Josh... More>>
People Who Need People People Who Need People
The perils of communal living in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
, November 03, 2011
As taut and economical as its title is unwieldy, Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene — a first feature that won the Best Director award... More>>
The Skin I Live In The Skin I Live In
A mad-scientist tale without the moral compass.
, November 03, 2011
The morality of the mad-scientist tale has remained more or less fixed since the beginning of sound cinema: From Dr. Frankenstein's hubristic... More>>
The Ghost of Hunter Thompson The Ghost of Hunter Thompson
An oddly tame adaptation of The Rum Diary.
, October 27, 2011
Written and directed by Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary is what the Brits might call a rum movie — an oddly inoffensive piece and a personal... More>>
Much Ado About Very Little Much Ado About Very Little
The Shakespeare exposé no one has been waiting for in Anonymous.
, 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>>
Too Late to Succeed Too Late to Succeed
Dramatizing the financial crisis, tone-deaf to the times, in Margin Call.
, October 20, 2011
Sure to be drowned out by the drum circles at Occupy Wall Street, writer-director J.C. Chandor's lifeless Margin Call depicts roughly 36 hours at... More>>
Footloose 2011 Footloose 2011
There Will Always Be a Time to Dance
, October 13, 2011
In hindsight, the 1984 hit Footloose — starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Herbert Ross — along with its contemporary Flashdance,... More>>
The Ides of March The Ides of March
Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.
, October 06, 2011
A procedural on the political manipulation of medium and message, George Clooney's fourth directorial effort is bookended with scenes of media-op... More>>
Real Steel Real Steel
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Love 'Em Robots
, October 06, 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>>
50/50 50/50
Cancer memoir meets Seth Rogen comedy in the slightly uncomfortable film.
, September 29, 2011
One single scene captures the tricky tonal balance of Jonathan Levine's cancer comedy 50/50. Adam, the straightedge radio producer played by... More>>
Moneyball Moneyball
Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams
, September 22, 2011
At the time of this writing, the Oakland Athletics sit at a distant third in the American League West, 18 games behind the Texas Rangers managed... More>>
Drive: No Talk, All Action Drive: No Talk, All Action
Ryan Gosling at the wheel in this glossy, retro, heist-gone-bad.
, September 15, 2011
As stripped down and propulsive as its robotic title, Drive is the most "American" movie yet by Danish genre director Nicolas Winding Refn. The... More>>
Sacrifice Nothing Sacrifice Nothing
In the fantasy I Don't Know How She Does It, working moms can have it all.
, September 15, 2011
What I don't know: why these movies keep getting made. I Don't Know How She Does It is based on Allison Pearson's 2002 diaristic, comic... More>>
Contagion Contagion
Steven Soderbergh turns the star-studded Hollywood disaster flick on its head.
, September 08, 2011
Currently the fifth-to-last film on Steven Soderbergh's ever-expanding pre-retirement slate, Contagion opens on day two of a global viral... More>>
Higher Ground Higher Ground
Vera Farmiga tries save herself.
, September 01, 2011
At one point in Higher Ground, Vera Farmiga's decade-spanning directorial debut, the actress, playing Corinne, a woman still soaked with lake... More>>
Our Idiot Brother Our Idiot Brother
Long-haired dreamer has predictably profound effect on his siblings.
, August 25, 2011
In Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother, Paul Rudd plays Ned, a kind of Upstate New York version of "The Dude" Lebowski — a man out of time,... More>>
One Day One Day
Life happens according to plan.
, August 18, 2011
Directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by David Nicholls, based on his novel, One Day stars Anne Hathaway as Emma, a... More>>
Barbarianism's Underrated Barbarianism's Underrated
Conan reboot, bloody good.
, August 18, 2011
A cinematic reboot for the patron saint of 98-pound weaklings, Conan the Barbarian is both truer to the vision of its character's creator, Robert... More>>
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