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Film Reviews

Film Reviews

Blue Valentine: Heartbreak Hotel

Just as falling in love is a part of life, so too is breaking up. Yet most movies leave the subject of breakups in...

Country Strong: Let It Go

The pre-World War II film director Howard Hawks once said that a good movie consisted of three good scenes and no bad ones. Country...

The Best Performances of 2010

Sheesh, given how lukewarm audiences have been to the popcorn movies that Hollywood has been putting out lately, you’d think the studios would have...

The Top 10 Movies of 2010

In my list of top 10 movies last year, I took note of a resurgence in American films. That continued this year, and even...

When You Find a Film With True Grit

The Coen brothers have become rather full of their own philosophy lately, using a series of otherwise widely divergent movies (No Country for Old...

The King’s Speech: Voice of the People

The intelligent, foursquare British drama The King’s Speech is currently racking up all manner of awards and citations, and while it’s not one of...

Thanks for Making Me The Fighter

If you go to The Fighter expecting a generic uplifting sports drama, you will get a very good one. If you go to it...

Black Swan: Danse Macabre

Black Swan closely observes the world of high culture, and yet its thrills are distinctly, trashily lowbrow. That’s a difficult balancing act to pull...

How Do You Know: Capital Losses

I’ve never liked James L. Brooks’ films. From Terms of Endearment on, his glossy, unfunny romantic comedies have featured cozy platitudes and heartfelt, overwritten...

Garden of Eden: Bourne Identity

Here’s a movie with a tortured history. Garden of Eden was a manuscript that Ernest Hemingway worked on from 1946 until his 1961 death....