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Film Reviews

It’s Not a Wonderful After.Life

Eleven years ago, a great Japanese film came out in American theaters under the title After Life, a joyful meditation that imagined all of...

Film Shorts

OPENING: After.Life (R) Christina Ricci stars in this supernatural thriller as a young woman who may or may not have died in a car accident...

Ragged Date Night for Carell and Fey

You’re probably going to see Date Night because of Steve Carell and Tina Fey. And why not? They seem like a terrific match because...

A Faulkner Story

This is the sort of thing that happens to first-time filmmakers working on a shoestring budget: While shooting his drama Between Heaven and Hell,...

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...