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“I want to lead a country one day, for all I know.” Emma Watson holds court in The Bling Ring.

Louboutins

I don’t give a crap about women’s shoes, yet there is a shot of Paris Hilton’s shoe closet, about halfway through The Bling Ring,...

Custodial Interference

Saying that The Lookout is a terrific little film may sound patronizing, but it’s actually high praise. To be sure, this film is a...

Celluloid Dreams

"I ask my students about their dreams," said Greg Mansur, who teaches filmmaking at Texas Christian University. "They think it's silly at first, but...
Michael Shannon silences another victim in The Iceman.

Iceman: Shannon Fodder

Seems that the world has discovered Michael Shannon. And, really, why not? Quite apart from his considerable skills, the 38-year-old Kentucky native offers up...

Slipping a Mickey

One thought prevailed in my brain as I watched Fast Food Nation: Richard Linklater has turned into John Sayles. That’s not a good thing,...

Pete’s Dragon: Beast of the Northern Wild

Disney Studios continue to raid their back catalog of animated hits to remake into live-action films for a new era, and so far I’ve...

Film Shorts

OPENING: Bright Star (PG) Jane Campion's dramatization of the romance between the poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Also with Paul...

Film Shorts

OPENING: The Man From Nowhere (NR) Not to be confused with Nowhere Boy, this Korean crime thriller stars Won Bin as an ex-con who’s...

Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!

My movie reviews have been in hibernation for a couple of weeks, but mother! is well worth coming out of it for. After all,...

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OPENING: The Wolfman (R) Benicio del Toro stars as an American man who becomes a werewolf during a visit to Victorian England to find his...