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Film Reviews

Film Reviews

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...

Firth of Force

Talented though he is, Colin Firth has never shown that much range. While his close contemporary Hugh Grant has made a career out of...

Medical License

In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest...

Too Much Heaven

As far back as 2001, when Peter Jackson first took on the Lord of the Rings saga, I kept wishing that he'd find time...

Pedro + Penélope

At this point, Pedro Almodóvar truly seems incapable of making a bad movie. I can't think of any other great filmmaker working today about...

Imaginarium, Youth in Revolt Finally Out

Some films go from blank page to your local movie screen relatively quickly; Up in the Air wrapped principal photography last spring, which is...

The Top 10

America's economy may still be in recovery, but our film industry is in good health financially and (more importantly) artistically. That seems to be...

Maestro

The flawed, fabulous musical Nine is based on a Broadway show, which in turn was adapted from Federico Fellini's film 8½. Set in 1965,...