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Butterscotch Isn’t Sweet

Bart van Bemmel talks quickly, and I'm not sure whether that's how he usually rolls or whether it's because he's eager to tell me...

Unhappy Haneke

When you watch slasher flicks and other movies that kill off innocent characters like ants, do you feel bad for those onscreen victims? Do you...

North Carolina Burning

It all started with a casual remark. In 1970, Timothy Tyson was an 11-year-old white boy growing up in Oxford, N.C., when one of...

GasLand Drills for Answers

In December 2008, live-theater producer and filmmaker Josh Fox (his 2008 film, Memorial Day, was based on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal) was approached...

Love Is All Around

Even before Valentine's Day has reached the theaters, gimlet-eyed observers are already comparing it to the 2003 British film Love Actually, both movies being...

Need a Lift?

The Sundance Film Festival may be known for earnest, small-scale dramas, but it also has been the launching pad for some brutally simple low-budget...

Letters to Savannah

In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world's new guilty...

One-Part Drama

The key to understanding what's right and what's wrong with Edge of Darkness is knowing that it's based on a British TV miniseries. Our...

Breaking Bad

Somehow, the upper reaches of stardom have always seemed to just elude Jeff Bridges' grasp despite all his advantages as a well-known actor's son...

Domestic Conflict

When I was a boy, I visited relatives in South America and noticed that all my uncles and aunts seemed to employ maids. I...