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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...

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...

WWJCD?

Austin native Julie Powell went to New York in her early 20s to pursue an acting career, but in 2002 she found herself at...

KP Duty

Unlike most of the local filmmakers I profile, John Venable is someone I've known for a long time. That's because he's a film critic...

All These Things That I’ve Done

Hollywood is in a no-win situation when it comes to Iraq. (So's the White House, but that's another story.) If they try to make...

Windsor Knot

Honestly, I can’t imagine what British people must feel watching The Queen. The movie evokes the flood tide of emotions that washed over the...

A Season With Verona

Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you'd never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas...

High School Movie

The filmmakers in Samsung’s Fresh Films contest not only haven’t been to film school, they haven’t finished high school. The electronics firm sponsors an...

Survivor Girl

Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old. Decades later it turned into her 2002 novel Nim's Island, a slim and...