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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  

Film: Review: Michael Clayton

George Clooney thriller takes aim on corporate malfeasance

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is a contracted back-of-the-house "fixer" at Kenner, Bach & Ledeen, one of Manhattan's largest corporate law firms. He's the guy sent out at midnight to the W  

Film: Review: Across the Universe

Julie Taymor's new film fails to distinguish itself from a bevy of like-minded projects

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Something needs to change Julie Taymor's world, or at least her directorial aesthetic, after this sentimental musical that uses Beatles songs to tell a trite story of love and rebellion in the 19  

Film: The Season of Dark Dreams

A look at the box office potential and prestige factor of the fall movie lineup

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2007
After multiple repeats of summer, the time has come for audiences to sleep, perchance to dream a little dream of more serious film fare. Fall ushers in the Prestige Season with the studios' ver  

Film: A Love Supreme?

Veteran director Robert Benton discusses his 'Feast of Love'

0 Comments · Saturday, September 29, 2007
Charles Baxter's novel The Feast of Love opens with the appearance of its narrator, Charles Baxter, waking and rising from bed late one night. Baxter wanders around his neighborhood in Ann Arbor,  

Film: Blood & Sex

Eastern Promises director David Cronenberg talks shop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The first thing one notices is the eyes. A soothing shade of baby blue, they gleam brightly as if yearning to engulf everything in their wake. It's fitting that David Cronenberg possesses such a  

Film: Curious Path to the Screen

David Lynch's Inland Empire finally makes its way to Cincinnati -- on Rhino DVD

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
It was a special night last December when David Lynch's latest film, Inland Empire, had an advance screening at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) building in the heart of Beverly Hills. Now it'  

Film: Playing It Safe

Luke Wilson's The Wendell Baker Story needs more irreverence

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Wendell Baker Story, Luke Wilson's written, acted and co-directed homage to offbeat 1970s-era satires is a study in movie-by-committee entropy. Made with five Wilson family members, the ramblin  

Film: Strangely Poetic Rhythms

Considering the best of the Toronto Film Festival's offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
TORONTO -- Too much to do in too little time. That's the mantra at the Toronto International Film Festival, an embarrassment of cinematic riches that leaves attendees both exhilarated and exhau  

Film: Review: 3:10 to Yuma

Evil has a ticket to ride in new take on the Western

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
As far as devilish incarnations go, The Usual Suspect's Keyser Soze figures to have a select seat at the table of onscreen villains. The old spook story told by Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) to Spe  

Film: Review: The 11th Hour

Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary tackles humanity's final hour

0 Comments · Monday, September 3, 2007
Is it all a hoax? A plot by those kooky liberals in the media and the pseudo-enlightened movie stars driving around in their hybrid cars? Conservatives scare us with terrorism and liberals use the  

Film: Revisiting a Cinematic Corpse

Filmmaker Rob Zombie puts his stamp on the Halloween franchise

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"It was like coming into a room like this and you don't even know what the meeting is about, and then he brings it up," musician-turned-director Rob Zombie says, explaining how notorious mega-  

Film: Review: The Ten

David Wain's sassy feature debut takes on the Ten Commandments

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
First, it was the Bible. Then, in 1956, Cecile B. De Mille gave the world The Ten Commandments, an earnest, bombastic epic (and a remake of his own 1923 silent film), still fondly if ironically re  

Film: Review: No End in Sight

Documentary dissects the mismanaged Iraq War

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The shatteringly riveting, makes-your-blood-boil documentary No End in Sight plays like expert witness testimony at a trial of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz for   

Film: Reviews: Superbad and Arctic Tale

One is an incisive comedy, the other isn't

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
In the rush to label perceived trends, it would be understandable to dub Arctic Tale The March of the Polar Bears and even begin to expect a slew of polar bear-inspired animated films like Happy