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Can’t Knock Woody Allen’s Hustle

The prolific director’s latest isn’t his greatest, but it’s good enough.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



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This Unexpected Movie Just Won’t Leave Me Alone

“Ida” is a strangely haunting movie—for a failure. For all its faults, it’s taken up something like permanent residence in my brain.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Artist and the Model’: Less Is More

It’s perhaps easy to make too much of a film like “The Artist and the Model.” But it’s also easy to make too little of it—and I’d rather run the prior risk.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



Sony Pictures Classics

Woody Allen’s Latest Shows He’s Still Got It

Imagine—77 years old and still making movies as good as “Blue Jasmine,” when most directors his age are out of work or collecting dubious awards.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



Spectacle in Summer: The Guilty Pleasures of ‘The Lone Ranger’

“The Lone Ranger” is too long and more than a little bit incoherent, but you will see some things in the movie that you will not have seen anywhere else.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



Warner Bros.

Will There Ever Be a Great ‘Gatsby’?

It’s understandable that the book has been a constant temptation to moviemakers. It’s also understandable that it has never been turned into a fully successful film.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Miserables’? More Like ‘Les Middling’

There are times when a cast of dozens, working intensely, is actually superior to a cast of hundreds working routinely.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



Bill Murray Captures FDR’s Pain and Wit in ‘Hyde Park’

What makes “Hyde Park on Hudson” a good deal more than delightful is its lightly touched seriousness of purpose.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps

Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



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A ‘War Horse’ and His Boy

Boy gets horse. Boy loses horse. Boy (after many adventures, especially by the horse) is reunited with the animal. In terms of narrative, that’s all there is to “War Horse”—except to say that Steven Spielberg’s film is a lovely and touching movie, representing, among other things, a vast improvement on the extraordinarily successful novel and stage play.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



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‘The Descendants’: Clooney Goes Down Easy

We exist today in a climate of movie extremes—extreme action, extreme comedy. There are not many mild, agreeable pictures that take place in pleasant surroundings and set people we can identify with to dealing with issues that at sometime or other all of us will have to engage.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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‘J. Edgar’: Hoover’s Hubris Writ Large

This is a brave film. There was a time when J. Edgar Hoover was among the most prominent Americans and there was no way to make a reasonably honest movie about him. Now there is a tendency to ask, J. Edgar Who?

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Tabloid’: Errol Morris’ Lunatic Love Story

Morris’ film has a giddy quality. But, essentially, he is trying to keep a straight face amid the chaos he is recounting. Come right down to it, what could a filmmaker add to this story by striking attitudes toward the events he recounts?

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



Hanks Falls Flat in Languid ‘Larry Crowne’

“Larry Crowne” is a wan and predictable romantic comedy, much more the former than the latter. It is, for me at least, a major disappointment.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Revisiting the Horror of Nanking

“City of Life and Death,” by the Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, is the second film about Nanking, and it is a work that aspires to the definitive and almost achieves that status.

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Enemies: A Love Story

Hey Hollywood, we’ve got your next blockbuster. It’s heartwarming, politically relevant, uncontroversial and, best of all, based on a true story! 

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Herzog Lights Up ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

What I’m saying is that Herzog is a director whose work is never to be missed, for the simple reason that he takes you places—especially in his documentaries—that no other director thinks of going.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Columbus, Marx and Zinn Go to Bolivia

What is ironically fictional in “Even the Rain’s” story is the intrusion on a volatile situation of a film crew intent on portraying Christopher Columbus’ not entirely benign arrival in the New World.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


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