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Brave: Scotch Job

Well, everything comes to an end. Brave is Pixar’s 13th animated feature film in 17 years, and it marks the first time I walked...

Rock of Ages: Playing Jaxx

When it debuted on Broadway in 2009, the stage musical Rock of Ages lured metalheads to the theater with a neatly bombastic package of...

Intouchables: Comédie Noire

Officially, France is a colorblind society. Unofficially, many French people of color don’t have access to the same economic and educational opportunities that white...

Moonrise Kingdom: Sam ♥ Suzy

All of Wes Anderson’s movies are children’s movies. That’s what I realized while watching his Moonrise Kingdom, a spellbinding piece of work that opens...

Prometheus: “Get It Out of Me!”

To answer your first question about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus: Yes, it is a prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. The director has hemmed...

Monsieur Lazhar: Bonjour, Classe

The French-Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this past year, and there were observers who tipped...

Reactor Reanimation

Chernobyl Diaries has all the makings of a great horror movie: a wholly original and sinister setting, engaging historical backstory, creepy Eastern European dudes...

Marigold Hotel: Indian Summer

We’ve all seen movies about British people who travel abroad to find their true selves. There is no shortage of examples, from the pretty...

Filming Mystics with Mark Hanshaw

Mark Hanshaw doesn’t sound like a filmmaker. Instead of talking in sales pitches, this professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University is happy to...

The Not-So-Great Dictator

I jumped the gun on calling this once before, but now it truly appears that Sacha Baron Cohen has become too famous to keep...