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Black Swan: Danse Macabre

Black Swan closely observes the world of high culture, and yet its thrills are distinctly, trashily lowbrow. That’s a difficult balancing act to pull...

Oh, Mandy!

Here's an exercise: 211, Looking Glass, The Runner, The Humanity Bureau, Inconceivable, Vengeance: A Love Story, Army of One, Dog Eat Dog, The Trust,...

Fire Yourself

I was leery of Horrible Bosses 2, even though I liked the first one. You see, the director and the writers from the original...

The Best Performances of 2010

Sheesh, given how lukewarm audiences have been to the popcorn movies that Hollywood has been putting out lately, you’d think the studios would have...
I’ve found the write girl: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks.

Ruby Sparks: Dreamgirl

When you hear the plot of Ruby Sparks, you’ll think you’ve heard it before. You’ll be right, in a sense — the story’s roots...

Beyond Good and Evil

Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With...

Top Films of 2006

While it was going on, 2006 didn’t seem to me like that great a year for movies. Only now, as I look back, do...

Blessed Event

It's easy to say that Juno is the movie that Knocked Up should have been. It's one of those glib formulations that we critics are...

Boys in the Band

It’s official: John Carney is making the best movie musicals anywhere in the world. The Irishman burst onto the scene with his Oscar-winning 2007...

Sex, Shame, and Tears

Other actors were onscreen a lot in 2011 — Jessica Chastain, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rutger Hauer (five movies, look it up!) — but...