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Unoriginal Gangster

The shortcomings of American Gangster are right there in the title. It’s the latest film by Ridley Scott, a director who long ago was...

Also-Ran

Of all the young, male comedic actors who have recently been in or directed movies that don’t hew to formula, Steve Carell is arguably...

Wes Bengal

A decade ago, I watched Eddie Murphy end years of crappy comedies by starring in The Nutty Professor. Barely a year later, I witnessed Julia...

Amanda Alert

It probably didn’t happen this way, but I can easily imagine Ben Affleck in the midst of his 2003 Gigli-induced purgatory, taking time out...

Blood and Snow

Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published 110 years ago, doing something new with vampires in any storytelling medium has gotten to be extremely difficult. The...

Mr. Bagman

You shouldn't be surprised that Michael Clayton is currently being overrated by America's film critics. The movie practically begs for it. It sticks out because...

The Other Elizabeth

In 1998, an Indian director and his Australian leading lady collaborated on Elizabeth, a chilling historical drama that brought their largely unknown names to...

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...

Not a Novelty

When I reviewed Becoming Jane two months ago (“Conduct Unbecoming,” Aug. 8), I mentioned how certain movies and books imagine a romantic life for...

Arabesque

The Kingdom is the fourth movie directed by Peter Berg, and it’s obviously his bid to join that elite club of filmmakers whose action...