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Film: Review: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Sidney Lumet strikes again with a taut cautionary tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Eighty-three-year-old director Sidney Lumet is a genuine American Master -- his career includes classic live television dramas of the 1950s as well as such outstanding, naturalistic cinematic inv  

Film: Review: No Country for Old Men

Coen brothers turn Cormac McCarthy's novel into a taut, noirish thriller

0 Comments · Monday, November 26, 2007
After a string of disappointing projects, Joel and Ethan Coen have hit cinematic pay dirt with their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2003 western crime novel No Country for Old Men. Vapors of Al  

Film: Review: I'm Not There

Todd Haynes' biopic-with-a-difference is inspired by Bob Dylan's shifting personas

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Music biopics tend to be prosaic in form -- a chronological recounting of a Pop star's life, highlighting the push-and-pull between personal tragedies and artistic triumphs. Usually, such films   

Film: Review: Love in the Time of Cholera

Magic realism is revisited but doesn't quite hit the right note

0 Comments · Monday, November 19, 2007
The famed 1985 magical realist novel of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez gets an ambitious but off-key cinematic adaptation that trips up, with the exception of casting of Javier Bardem a  

Film: A Hollywood Manifesto

Zach Helm's wonderful journey from screenwriter to director

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2007
About six years ago, Zach Helm found himself at his own version of the crossroads. As a screenwriter for hire, he was making a mint doctoring scripts that never went into production. The trade an  

Film: Looking Back with Fondness

American Gangster mines late 1960s and early 1970s cinema but still feels contemporary

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Technically, Ridley Scott's American Gangster should be called a "period crime drama." It stars Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas, a real-life Harlem heroin dealer of the late 1960s and early 1  

Film: Review: Lions for Lambs

Robert Redford's new movie is a redundant cry in the media fray

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I hated Crash. Every pure and noble intention of writer/director Paul Haggis rushed off the screen with a blind and righteous fury that scorched hearts and minds. Those opposed to the plea for rac  

Film: Unique Visions

Wes Anderson continues to ride his stylized wave with The Darjeeling Limited

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The unique visions of writer/director Wes Anderson leave one either bewitched or bemused. There's little middle ground. Writing in his The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, film critic and h  

Film: Documenting A Life

Local filmmaker Steve Gebhardt's documentary on John Sinclair finds a life on DVD

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Steve Gebhardt's first introduction to John Sinclair -- the subject of his just-released DVD documentary from MVDvisual, 20 to Life -- came during University of Cincinnati's 1968 Spring Arts Fes  

Film: Sights of the Season

Halloween offers a host of scare-inducing options on DVD

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Halloween shares an undisputed bond with cinema. The season is not complete without multiple viewings of the creatures that helped shape the season -- the classic Universal monsters Dracula, Fran  

Film: Men in Transition

Lars and the Real Girl charms, while The Darjeeling Limited falls flat

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl deal with unconventional stories about men trying to connect. One works, the other doesn't. Lars and the Rea  

Film: Advancing the Game

Justin Lin's indie comedy takes skillful aim at Asian-American stereotypes

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A lot of people don't like films about racial affairs in America. They're aware of our lack of parity, but don't want to pay $9.50 to feel guilty or angry about it. With the indie comedy Finish  

Film: Reviews: Gone Baby Gone and Rendition

Two new films stray off the moral high ground

0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2007
Novelist Dennis Lehane calls forth Boston neighborhoods with words, giving name to every boozy joint and dirty tramp that was ever stained by a drop of whiskey. In his books, an epic sadness hangs  

Film: The Seeker

Emile Hirsch mesmerizes in Sean Penn's Into the Wild

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Christopher McCandless was a restless spirit. He was an idealistic young man who yearned for a world where simple truths ruled, a world where crass commercialization and false idols had no place.  

Film: Review: We Own the Night

The ever-compelling Joaquin Phoenix propels crime thriller

0 Comments · Sunday, October 14, 2007
In yet another study of twisted loyalty, Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg return to the crime-driven New York state of mind that belongs to writer-director James Gray. The two actors starred in T