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Ricki Road

An explosion of flowers frames Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio's romance in "The Great Gatsby."

Gatsby: Green Light

Presto!

Daniel Day-Lewis fights for freedom in Lincoln.

Lincoln: Long Live the Union

Film Reviews

Film Reviews

Rat Traps

A lot of big names are connected with The Departed, so let’s start with two of the not-so-bigs: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. They’re...

Off the Island

Clint Eastwood shot Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers as companion pieces. The latter film came out last October, telling the...

Top 10 Movies of 2011

Do better next year, Hollywood. That’s how I feel as I look back on the movies of 2011. American films dominated my Top 10...

Maestro

The flawed, fabulous musical Nine is based on a Broadway show, which in turn was adapted from Federico Fellini's film 8½. Set in 1965,...
Joel Edgerton and his palace are pelted by hail in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Go Down, Moses

Hollywood’s last big-budget adaptation of the book of Exodus, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, hit movie theaters a full 58 years ago. By...

Oh, God! Book II

The biggest laugh in the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty didn’t come from the movie’s star, Jim Carrey. It came from a then-little-known Steve Carell, playing...

Random Observations on Fifty Shades of Grey

So I finally saw Fifty Shades of Grey. It was less terrible than I feared, but still fell well short of being good. Let’s...

Dear John Letter

In this current phase of Al Pacino’s career, when he’s playing broken-down old men with no one to blame but themselves for being broken...

The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics...

Blood Sausage

I’ll bet that relatively few people have ever watched a movie while sitting in one of the locations where it was shot. That happened...