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Film Reviews

Movie Blues

The overheated but enjoyable Cadillac Records tells the story of Leonard Chess, the Polish immigrant (whose last name was changed from the similarly pronounced...

Meet the Parents

Let's start with what makes Four Christmases different from most other Hollywood holiday comedies. (Note that I said "different from" instead of "better than.")...

Wizard of Oz

It's been seven long years since we've seen a movie from Baz Luhrmann. The insanely original Australian director tried to make a film a...

Infinite Jest

It's high time that America discovered Steve Coogan. The 43-year-old needle-nosed native of Manchester, England, is hugely popular in the U.K. as the star...

Splinter Cell

A satisfyingly little thriller in danger of getting lost at the multiplex, Traitor works better if you haven't seen the TV spots. Don Cheadle...

Make It Rainn

Modestly watchable, The Rocker is nowhere near the level of Almost Famous or The School of Rock, this decade's great movies about rock bands....

Teen Dreams

The title of American Teen makes me suspicious. Just as it was with the excellent late-1990s TV miniseries American High, the word "American" in...

Cool Catalans

Three years ago Woody Allen left New York for London and made his first good movie in a decade, Match Point. He promptly went stale...

Movie Shoot

Here's a fantastic movie idea: Tropic Thunder takes place on the set of a big-budget Hollywood Vietnam War film also entitled Tropic Thunder. With a...

Over a Barrel

A film with an interesting subject rather than an interesting film, Bottle Shock dramatizes the event known in wine circles as the Judgment of...