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Good Time Charlie

Charlie Bartlett was supposed to come out last August. (In fact, that's when I first saw the movie.) But its release was postponed until...

The Top 10

Every time I log on to a movie-related website, some joker writing in all caps is ranting about how the movies in 2008 sucked....

Protection Scheme

Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just...

Need a Lift?

The Sundance Film Festival may be known for earnest, small-scale dramas, but it also has been the launching pad for some brutally simple low-budget...
Jeremy Renner urgently follows another lead in Kill the Messenger.

Webb of Truths

Through the first half of Kill the Messenger, I found myself thinking that this journalism drama would have blown me away if I’d seen...

Stark Failure

Between the dimming of the lights and the opening credits, something happened when I saw the new film version of All the King’s Men....

Same Old Steps

It’s August, which means that Hollywood has finished putting out its big summer blockbusters and is giving us toaster leavings such as Step Up...

Terrorist in Training

Is Phillip Noyce one of the world’s most important filmmakers? Five years ago we all would have laughed at the suggestion, yet now here...

Pond’s Life

When Russ Pond was a boy, he played around with an 8mm camera and made home movies with his brother. That's how the story...

Turn Out the Lights?

Are music corporations, with their emphasis on repetitive, easy-to-swallow sounds, quashing musical innovation? Are listeners demanding dumbed-down music? Is good music dead? Several years ago,...