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A Monster in Paris

A Monster in Paris

By now, the family film genre has become a bit of a cinematic cliche. Either every effort is measured against Pixar’s presumed perfection, or cast off Read More

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

For a few years, it appeared as if Quentin Tarantino would retreat into a movie lover’s paradise and never emerge. I’m still recovering from the six-year Read More

Repo Man

Repo Man

The scuzz-punk doom comedy of Alex Cox’s 1984 underground touchstone makes for a creepy visitation from a fracturing society. Released at the midpoint of the Reagan Read More

Promised Land

Promised Land

Dealing with the hot button environmental issue of fracking (otherwise known as the hydraulic fracturing of the Earth’s bedrock in order to release trapped natural gas), Read More

John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from horror film director Don Coscarelli. When last he darkened a Cineplex with his dangerous visions, it was Read More

Lincoln

Lincoln

It’s difficult to determine whether Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln plays as earnest historical drama or straight-up Oscar bait. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Lincoln Read More

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Andrew Dominik’s first film with Brad Pitt, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, was an unusually reflective movie about outlaws, a languorous Read More

This Is 40

This Is 40

In 2007’s Knocked Up — also known as the last funny movie Judd Apatow directed — Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) were the fractious Read More

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

The hunt for Osama Bin Laden was about more than payback for 9/11. It was qualified vindication for a superpower that seemed significantly less so in Read More

Sound City

Sound City

Dave Grohl is full of surprises. When he came from behind the Nirvana drum set to form the band Foo Fighters, not many expected his songwriting Read More

I Wish

I Wish

No writer/director is better at mining big human truths from the seemingly trivial details of daily life than Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose jewel-box like movies — Nobody Read More