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Velveteen Rabbit

The Night Listener has a great story, so great that it indirectly causes the movie’s downfall. It’s based on an Armistead Maupin novel, which...

Bringing Heat

Few tv shows are cool. Even fewer manage to define cool. But Miami Vice did when it debuted back in 1984. The show didn’t...

Gassed to Death

Chris Paine’s documentary asks Who Killed the Electric Car? I thought we knew. It was that secret society that Homer Simpson was trying to...

Trippy Dick

Back in his heyday some 30 years ago, pulp author Philip K. Dick was the literary equivalent of a paranoid nut-job. Some of his...

Dining In

Why do animators on films like Monster House and The Polar Express spend so much energy trying to realistically render people? The wave of...

Night Swims

Lately, the “M” in M. Night Shyamalan has started to stand for “maddening.” Like his underappreciated previous film The Village, his current movie Lady...

The Patients of JOB

John Gray is one sick puppy, and he’s made quite a good living from his state of wry derangement. “Ever since I can remember, I...

Murder in Suburbia

To begin with, Tommy Stovall is not related to Dave Stovall, the Fort Worth filmmaker and former president of the Lone Star Film Society....

The Fall of a Sparrow

There are filmmakers who look back wistfully on the Hollywood of the 1930s and ’40s, when the studios had directors and other creative personnel...

All the Real Girls

My expectations were modest going into The Devil Wears Prada. The film is based on Lauren Weisberger’s dishy 2003 novel, which became a best-seller...