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Film Reviews

Amphibian Production

Traditional hand-drawn animation has been out of fashion for much of this decade. Most of Hollywood followed Pixar's lead years ago and went to...

Try and Fail

Nelson Mandela reportedly said that if an actor ever were to portray him on screen, he'd want it to be Morgan Freeman. Well, with...

Carrying the Flame

Unlike seemingly everybody else, I don't know any famous actors. However, I do have personal ties to a character from a new Danish biopic...

The Kids Are All Right

This whole decade has been pretty much a waste for Robert De Niro. A lucrative waste, but even so ... Having dazzled the film world...

For Fox Sake

The golden age of kids' movies is upon us. I'm not just talking about Pixar, though they're obviously a huge part of the creative...

Lonnng Haul

Every frame of director John Hillcoat's reverent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road trembles with grim nobility. "Trembles" might be the key word...

About a Girl

The radiant and gently heartbreaking An Education opens in Grapevine this Friday and is still playing at the Modern this weekend. It richly deserves...

Protection Scheme

Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just...

Mother Mary Comes to Me

Before anyone had seen Precious, it had to battle negative perceptions. People had every reason to think it would be terrible when they heard...

Don’t Rock the Boat

The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the...