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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,...

Holmes for Christmas

In a series of 1940s Hollywood films, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes as a suave, unflappable Victorian gentleman. His interpretation held sway until a...

How Ya Get So Fly

Jason Reitman has now directed three films, and so far the most famous is his second one, Juno. I suspect we'll look back on...

Am I Blue?

So your epic disaster movie broke box-office records and won every Oscar in sight. What do you do for an encore? For 12 years,...

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...