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A Kick in the Head

by Laura Leon April 18, 2012


  When I was a little girl, watching the Three Stooges, like The Andy Griffith Show, seemed completely a guy thing. Truly, other than my mother, I didn’t know any females who regularly watched, or enjoyed, ...

The Human Dimension

by Laura Leon April 11, 2012

The transformation of the 1997 sensation, Titanic, into 3D may seem like a mere gimmick, designed to propel millions of kids who never saw the original back to the multiplex for a first gander. OK, ...

A Royal Pain

by Ann Morrow April 11, 2012


The Material Girl directs a movie about material culture in W.E., Madonna’s utterly meaningless biopic about “the romance of the century” between Wallis Simpson, an American social climber, and Edward, Prince of Wales, who abdicated ...

Wish Fulfillment

by Laura Leon April 4, 2012


Fairy tales are everywhere these days, and I couldn’t be happier ever after. The tremendous TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and the debut of Tarsem Singh’s take on Snow White, Mirror Mirror, ...


by Ann Morrow April 4, 2012

The gods of Olympus are a bunch of Tinkerbells. Or so it seems in Wrath of the Titans, a frenetic, imbecilic action movie that just happens to involve Zeus and his extended family of deities. ...

Grim Humanity

by Shawn Stone March 29, 2012


Another Holocaust movie? Yes, another Holocaust movie—and a good one, this time. And by “good,” I mean a drama without easy answers and only tarnished heroes. The Oscar-nominated In Darkness tells the harrowing story of a ...

Teenage Drivel

by Shawn Stone March 29, 2012


  Filmmakers have become adept at bringing us the end of the world: zombies, plagues, natural disasters, Biblical wrath, comic-book doom and other such grim whatnot. The Hunger Games brings something new to the “post-apocalyptic dystopia” ...

Pecking Order

by Ann Morrow March 22, 2012


Is it too early for 2005 nostalgia? You know, those mid-years before the super-sensitizing of alternate sexuality, green economy, and inclusiveness over exclusiveness?  Apparently not, because 21 Jump Street, a spoof on the late-’80s Fox ...

Say What?

by Laura Leon March 22, 2012


Casa De Mi Padre is a weird little film—little not just in terms of its short running time (84 minutes), but also its ambition. Director Matt Piedmont, writer Andrew Steele and star Will Ferrell set ...

A Separation

by The Staff March 15, 2012


A Separation, the Iranian movie that just won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, demands your attention from its first seconds. Married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) sit before a judge who will ...

John Carter

by Ann Morrow March 15, 2012


The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs are so influential in terms of modern blockbusters that it’s almost impossible to adapt them for the screen nowadays without recalling the movies that Burroughs inspired: Stars Wars, for ...

Get Lost

by Laura Leon March 1, 2012


Jill, a waitress troubled with fractured memories of having a year earlier been kidnapped and left in a hole in the woods, comes home from her late shift to discover her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) ...

Three Stooges

by The Staff February 23, 2012

  This Means War is a romantic comedy structured around a love triangle, and is more than faintly reminiscent of a another movie, Design for Living, that just came out on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. ...

Flame Out

by Ann Morrow February 23, 2012


Johnny Blaze, the Marvel comics stunt biker who made a pact with the devil, spends so much time up in flames that it’s a wonder that audiences doesn’t succumb to heat exhaustion. And if they ...

Time to Remember

by Laura Leon February 16, 2012

The Vow

Maybe The Vow is the kind of chick flick that makes you embarrassed to be seen waiting in line for, but at the same time, it deserves props for respecting the genre and delivering its ...

House of Shadows

by Ann Morrow February 9, 2012


Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is in mourning for his deceased wife. His gloom is so unrelieved that it’s affecting his young son, as well as his career as a solicitor for a London law firm. ...

Crazy for You

by Laura Leon February 1, 2012


  We’ve come to expect nasty creatures or literal out-of-body experiences (complete with fluids of all types) in David Cronenberg’s movies. While A Dangerous Method doesn’t quite veer into Naked Lunch or Dead Ringers territory, it ...

Sad Man

by Ann Morrow February 1, 2012


As a woman disguised as a man, Glenn Close is physically astonishing, her androgynous face subtly altered (with the slight use of prosthetics) to be completely masculine. Only her voice, at times, acts as a ...

Fall of the Wild

by Ann Morrow February 1, 2012


  Liam Neeson’s hypnotic, sensual baritone does more for The Grey than its metaphysical musings—imminent death being a surefire stimuli to those kinds of conversations—and more than the gripping plane crash that sets this survivalist tale ...

They Fight

by John Brodeur January 26, 2012


The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of the great narratives of World War II. Trained near the end of the war, they were the first African-American pilots in a still-segregated military. The sole ...

Going Nowhere

by Laura Leon January 26, 2012


The ridiculous notion that there’s such a thing as closure drives so much of our pop culture that’s it difficult to find anybody willing to admit that, for some things, there just isn’t any pat ...

Kick Girl

by Ann Morrow January 26, 2012


“The motives are strictly professional?” asks Paul, a debonair contract killer (Michael Fassbender). “The motive is money,” responds an incredulous Kenneth (Ewan McGregor), the slippery manipulator behind a shadowy black-ops company. “The motive is always ...

Sex Negative

by John Rodat January 26, 2012


Steve McQueen’s Shame might be as good as its hype—if, that is, you’re willing to accept certain prejudices about promiscuity or sexual behavior, generally. There are explicit indications that the lead character, Brandon (Michael Fassbender), and ...

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Maggie Right or Wrong

by Shawn Stone January 19, 2012


Meryl Streep’s performance as legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the entire point of The Iron Lady. The film is muddled history, hackneyed drama and a generally underwhelming entertainment—except that Streep brings the British ...

Movie Movie

by Laura Leon January 19, 2012

Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo star in THE ARTIST.
Photo: Peter Iovino

Considering the onslaught of big-budget and 3-D extravaganzas that seem to be monopolizing the local cineplex, The Artist is a decided anomaly. For one thing, it’s in black-and-white. More significant, however, is the fact that ...

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