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January 01, 1990 - December 05, 2012 + Film Reviews

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...

The Soloist listen Download

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The Soloist is actually a duet on the theme of redemption. It's scored for two very different, though equally remarkable actors, and performed with uncanny...

Every Little Step; State of Play listen Download

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How long has it been since a mo vie left you literally speechless? For me it's been a week. When the lights came up after...