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Film Reviews

The Expendables: One Country for Old Men

All you need to know about The Expendables is that it delivers exactly what you would expect, no less and no more: terrible dialogue,...

Middle Men: The Internet Is for Porn

Middle Men’s version of history is a lie. According to this movie, it was the pornographers who invented online shopping before the major retailers...

Charlie St. Cloud: Sailing Takes Me Away

Sometimes being a film critic means being a straight guy who spends hours pondering the meaning of Zac Efron. It’s not that bad, actually....

The Kids Are All Right: Laser Has Two Mommies

When I heard that Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were playing a lesbian couple in a movie, I thought, “That sounds like it’ll work.”...

Dinner for Schmucks: American Idiot

Maybe the best part of Dinner for Schmucks is the opening credit sequence. It shows the construction of an elaborate diorama, depicting a daytime...

Los Angeles Thames

Even over the phone, Jay Thames is a massive presence. He has a sandblaster of a voice, and his words come tumbling out with...

I Can See Cleary Now: Ramona and Beezus

The shadow of America’s recession hangs heavily over Ramona and Beezus. Wow, that’s a portentous opening sentence. It’s true, though — the very first...

Inception Puts You in a Sleeper Hold

It’s often said that movies don’t obey the logic of the real world but the logic of dreams. Take Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight...

Your Mom Loves You Too Much, Cyrus

If you’ve had your fill of comedies that feature men who are unable or unwilling to grow up, you should really check out Cyrus....

Winter’s Bone: Welcome to the Dolly House

Certain movies inspire my fellow film critics to throw the word “authentic” around. This is a wobbly concept to begin with when talking about...