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Film Reviews

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...

Despicable Me: One to Gru On

The trailer for Inception has caused a stir in movieland by being mysterious and not giving away too much of the movie’s plot. Well,...

Eclipse: Lady Ante Bella

The Twilight movies have frustrated me, not because they’re made out of junk but for the opposite reason. Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling series of novels...

A Solitary Man Goes Back to School

Since the turn of the new century, Michael Douglas has gradually been phasing himself out of the stardom that he enjoyed in the late...

Knight and Day: Up in the Air

I’m not in the habit of using the word “piffle.” Yet that sprang to mind as I was watching Knight and Day, and the...