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by Laura Leon January 16, 2014


  August: Osage County is one of those movies you leave amazed at the performers’ collective ability to ingest ginormous chunks of dialogue and spit it out like so many verbal tacks. Then you remember that ...

60 Shades of Gray

by Zoe Carpenter January 9, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global “I’m exhausted,” claimed 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl on Sunday, as she ticked off a list of clean-energy companies that have failed in recent years. What’s really getting exhausting ...

CGI Banality

by Ann Morrow November 27, 2013


  What is a serious thespian like Jeffrey Wright (along with Amanda Plummer, and Toby Jones) doing in a pop-culture spectacle like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the futuristic gladiatorial trilogy? The ...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  We know you’re on the edge of your seats for this, the first sequel to The Hunger Games. Whither Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence)? Will her newfound bond with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) get in the way of ...

An Objective Failure

by Ann Morrow April 27, 2011

The film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged may be the least consequential movie ever made from one of the most important books of the 20th century. With a mannequin-like lead actress (Taylor Schilling) as world-beating railroad ...

Hello, Dollies

by Shawn Stone March 30, 2011


It’s a gamer’s world, but Hollywood is still playing catch-up. When they’re not making (mostly bad) movies based on video games, filmmakers are replacing the clarity of traditional action sequences with thinly-veiled rip-offs of video ...