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January 01, 1990 - April 26, 2013 + Film Reviews

Bright Star listen Download

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Bright Star is Jane Campion's dramatization of the love affair between the young Romantic poet John Keats and his younger neighbor, Fanny Brawne. The production...

Telluride Film Festival Picks listen Download

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Love at first sight can be as dangerous as it is exciting, and the sme goes for love at first screening. I fell hard and...

Funny People; Flame and Citron listen Download

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The people in Judd Apatow's Funny People are painfully unfunny, and remarkable off-putting...In Flame & Citron, two melancholy Danes share center stage in the movie,...

(500) Days of Summer; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince listen Download

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In the preface of (500) Days of Summer, a narrator says, "You should know right up front this is not a love story..." I wrote a...

Bruno; Soul Power listen Download

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Well, here's the bad news: Brüno is no Borat. Here's the worse news: Brüno crosses the line, like a besotted sprinter, from hilariously awful to...

Public Enemies listen Download

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Michael Mann's Public Enemies never lacks for interest, or interesting info. Back in the 1930's, for instance, the FBI was simply called the Bureau of...

The Hurt Locker; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen listen Download

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The Hurt Locker starts with a quote from the journalist Chris Hedges -- "War is a drug" – then makes that case with masterful clarity...

Whatever Works; The Proposal listen Download

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Boris Yellnikoff is the prolix geezer played by Larry David in Woody Allen's Whatever Works. He was once a world-class physicist teaching string theory at...

Imagine That; The Taking of Pelham 123 listen Download

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Raise those lowered expectations a bit before you see Eddie Murphy in Imagine That... The Taking of Pelham 123 is Tony Scott's fevered remake of the...

Land of the Lost; 24 City listen Download

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General Motors may be in a class by itself when it comes to bankruptcy, but so is Land of the Lost. This dramatically, thematically and...

Drag Me to Hell; Departures listen Download

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The good news -- and there's no bad news -- is that Sam Raimi's horror flick Drag Me to Hell is smart, funny and cringe-worthy...

Terminator Salvation; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian listen Download

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In Terminator Salvation, primal screams come with the bleak territory. Any character of consequence gets to unleash one, and there's plenty to scream about... Night at...

Angels and Demons; Management listen Download

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Angels and Demons draws a sharp historical distinction between the Illuminati (the bad guys) and the Catholic Church's Preferiti (the good guys), but the movie...

Star Trek; Galaxy Quest listen Download

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Joe Morgenstern, film critic for the Wall Street Journal, reviews Star Trek. He also mentions Qalaxy Quest, which is just being released on DVD.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Ghosts of Girlfriends Past listen Download

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It's been a while since I've seen anything as unpleasant as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but one sequence sticks out...Does anyone love to watch Matthew McConnaughey...