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Film Reviews

Anonymous: Shakespeare in Lies

The whole idea that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare’s plays is a load of crap. I feel safe saying this, having spent a chunk of...

Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas...

Low Heat

After several decades’ worth of movie directors’ sons taking up their fathers’ line of work, now we’re seeing directors’ daughters do the same, and...

Penn’s States

“Why are you interviewing me?” Lindsay Penn suddenly asked me in the middle of our recent talk. She wasn’t asking out of false modesty...

Footloose: Almost Paradise

Like many of you, I had zero expectations for the remake of Footloose. The original 1984 film has already had a second life as...

The Big Year: First-Degree Birders

I am not a birder, but I can sympathize with them. Check me out in early December when I’m frantically tracking down Greek experimental...

Ides of March: Then Fall Caesar

There’s a difference between coolness and coldness. As an actor, George Clooney is cool, and the even-keeled assurance he projects onscreen often informs the...

No Relief from Restless

Hot on the heels of 50/50 comes another movie about cancer, the less funny, more irritating, and all-around inferior Restless. The unfortunate timing doesn’t...

50/50: The C Word

When he was 24 years old, a comedy writer named Will Reiser was diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. Once he got...

Victim of Circumstance

Sometimes the idea of a movie is more powerful than the movie itself. That’s certainly the case with Circumstance, which won the Audience Award...