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Film Reviews

Three Films and Change: Mother, Chloe, The Last Song

Fittingly, the main character of the volatile, uproarious, and deeply disturbing Mother has no proper name, so she’s pretty much defined by her role...

Greenberg: Roger That

Two things you should know off the bat about Greenberg. First, it’s a deeply unlikable movie. Second, I liked it. You see, most movies...

Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels...

The Runaways: Jett Trail

She can’t get away with it forever, but for now, Kristen Stewart can play the living crap out of these awkward, unpolished adolescent girls...

School Sucks for Wimpy Kid

The clunky family movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid shares its title with a successful series of novels by Jeff Kinney, though the plot...

The Ghost Writer: A Real Roman à Clef

We’ve had examples of prison literature throughout history, but The Ghost Writer may be the closest we’ve ever had to prison filmmaking. Roman Polanski...

Remember Me: An Affair to Forget

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” I’m not sure to what extent that applies to movies, but one reason...

Not the Finest Anything

As boilerplate as its title would suggest, Brooklyn’s Finest is no different from any other gritty New York City cop thriller made in the...

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

Hey, look! It’s an Oscar ceremony in March, just like we used to have every year. With all the attention on the Best Picture...

Tolstoy Finds The Last Station

When he died, Leo Tolstoy was basically an old hippie. Immensely rich and famous from authoring War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the Russian...