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Elle Fanning


by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014


  Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the witch queen, and Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the movie. Because without the delectable wickedness she gives to the embittered witch, the movie (adapted from Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty) ...

Apocalypse, Now

by Shawn Stone April 10, 2013


  Sally Potter’s film about the decline and fall of an intense lifelong friendship is funny, engaging, wrenching and, ultimately cathartic. In other words, it’s very good. It’s set in 1962 England, a time and place still ...

The Kids Are Alright

by Shawn Stone June 15, 2011


The big set piece of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is a spectacular train wreck. It happens in the dead of night: A pickup truck stalls on the tracks, and the train’s locomotive explodes. Boxcars fly ...

No Place Like Home

by Ann Morrow February 2, 2011

To say that Sofia Coppola’s latest cinematic meditation, Somewhere, goes nowhere, isn’t quite fair; but then again, it’s not quite fair to audiences to have a film concentrate on near motionless close-ups to so little ...