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Body of Lies (Review)

Russell Crowe and Leonardo DeCaprio provide espionage thrills without digging too deep

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Throughout David Ignatius’ 2007 novel Body of Lies, you can feel the potential for creating something ... deeper. While the surface markings were those of an age-of-terrorism espionage thriller, there were also hints of Mystic River author Dennis Lehane: the portrayal of a world in which moral decision-making was virtually impossible and the best a soul could hope for was to make the least immoral decision.  

Hate Thy Neighbor

Lakeview Terrace mines old-school thriller formula with mediocre results

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
to remind me, in retrospect, that we didn’t know how good we had it in the early 1990s. The Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall had crumbled, leaving post-Cold War America without a real international threat; terror ism was a vague concept involving bad things that happened somewhere else.   

Film: Review: The Dark Knight

The latest Batman movie delivers more than a menacing farewell performance

0 Comments · Friday, July 18, 2008
BY Scott Renshaw | Posted 07/18/2008 (enlarge) Batman (Christian Bale) meets the Joker (He  

Film: Review: The Dark Knight

The latest Batman movie delivers more than a menacing farewell performance

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here is the ugly truth nobody at Warner Bros. can possibly utter aloud: The death of Heath Ledger will be good for The Dark Knight's bottom line. Make no mistake, the movie was going to be huge   

Film: Review: The Incredible Hulk

New blockbuster is a nostalgic, often noisy look back

0 Comments · Sunday, June 15, 2008
In an effort to perhaps exorcise the sense of failure surrounding Ang Lee's 2003 film version of Hulk -- which did a monster opening weekend then promptly circled the box-office drain -- most of  

Film: Review: Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's comedy suffers from a lack of focus

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
If you're reading this paper, you probably feel a fundamental sympathy for the idea that "local and independent" means something in an era of corporate homogeneity. You might be sitting in you  

Film: Motown Redux

Entertaining Dreamgirls hits the right notes

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We walk side by side through life, but we might never fully understand one another's worlds: those who embrace musicals and those who don't. For some, the unabashed emotionalism of swingin', si