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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: 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  

1408 (Dimension)

Video and DVD

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
2007, Rated R Adapted from a short story by Stephen King, Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom skillfully helms this twisting one-man showcase in terror. Horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is   

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: 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: The Provocateur

Lightning-rod filmmaker Michael Moore's 'Sicko' looks at our broken health care industry

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Michael Moore's knack for framing political and social issues in a surprisingly entertaining documentary format is a journalistic phenomenon that picks up where '60s- and '70s-era activist fi  

All That Jazz: Special Edition (20th Century Fox)

Video and DVD

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2007
1979, Rated R One of the most iconic musical films of all time, Bob Fosse's All That Jazz is an essential dramatized portrait of the man who single-handedly shaped the vernacular of jazz dance.   

Film: Deep Cover

Director Paul Verhoeven probes both sides of the Dutch resistance in World War II

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Black Book is Paul Verhoeven's first film made in his native Netherlands since 1985, and he brings to it valuable lessons he learned while working for 20 years in Hollywood (everything from Robo  

Film: Taking Liberties

British spoof team sends up blockbusters

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I skipped seeing Blades of Glory because I know all too well its comic formula of hammering away at a single joke for an hour and a half. The makers of Hot Fuzz and their previous film Shaun of th  

Film: Junk Cinema

Joel Schumacher's latest disaster finds Jim Carrey at career low

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Joel Schumacher, the same director who stank up cinemas with 8MM and The Phantom of the Opera, hits a new low with debut screenwriter Fernley Phillips' hackneyed script about a could-be killer ob