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Film Reviews

Kvetch

"If you're stupid enough to want a feel-good movie, go get yourself a foot massage," says Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) to the camera early...

G-Mann

Michael Mann's latest film, Public Enemies, is based on Bryan Burrough's voluminous history of the early days of the FBI, when the fledgling bureau...

Go, ‘Bots

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a sequel to a movie based on a cartoon based on a toyline. Dubious source material to some...

A Season With Verona

Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you'd never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas...

Marital Tate

The Proposal makes an instructive contract with Management, the film that opened and promptly closed last month. Both movies are about the romantic...

Cowardly Custard

Wildly popular in their own time, Noël Coward's stage comedies fell from favor in the 1960s and have been struggling ever since. His pieces...

Turn Out the Lights?

Are music corporations, with their emphasis on repetitive, easy-to-swallow sounds, quashing musical innovation? Are listeners demanding dumbed-down music? Is good music dead? Several years ago,...

Training Day

Every big-budget action thriller needs a villain who artfully represents the audience's fear du jour. As Ryder, the subway-hijacking financial terrorist of Tony Scott's...

Big Fat Mess

A few years ago, a studio would've dropped a piece of dreck like My Life in Ruins into a graveyard movie month like March...

What Happens in Vegas…

Ever have one of those fits of hysterical laughter, when you're utterly terrified and yet somehow laughing instead of screaming? I had one of...