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Brad Pitt is an efficient problem solver in "Killing Them Softly."

Killing Them Softly: Cogan’s Bluff

Andrew Dominik is at home among thieves and killers. The New Zealander has made three films, and they’ve all been crime thrillers: the terrifying...
Keira Knightley gives up everything for love in Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina Under the Lights

Wow, this is spooky. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. It was about the novel’s relationship...
Rise of the Guardians opens Wednesday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Rise of the Guardians (PG) This animated adaptation of William Joyce’s book features Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny...
It’s always crazy in Philadelphia: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings: Soaring Eagles

For whatever reason, this is a banner year for movies about mental illness set in Pennsylvania. We still have the excellent Pittsburgh teen flick...
A Bengal tiger and Suraj Sharma must share a boat to survive in "Life of Pi."

Life of Pi: Cat Away

Remember when I wrote about “unfilmable” novels in my review of Cloud Atlas a few weeks ago? Well, Yann Martell’s Life of Pi was...
A Royal Affair opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: A Royal Affair (R) Based on 18th-century Danish history, Nikolaj Arcel’s drama is about a German doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) and an English-born queen (Alicia...
Daniel Day-Lewis fights for freedom in Lincoln.

Lincoln: Long Live the Union

Here we are in 2012, and Steven Spielberg is still surprising me. Because Lincoln has been released one week after a presidential election, everyone...

Sessions: The 36-Year-Old Virgin

You can get a double dose of John Hawkes this week. The 53-year-old character actor was in Fort Worth last weekend to be feted...
This Must Be the Place opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

OPENING: This Must Be the Place (NR) Sean Penn stars in this dramedy by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) about a retired rock star who returns...
Javier Bardem just wants to feel Daniel Craig’s pectoral muscles in Skyfall.

Skyfall: The Divine Ms. M

One thing the James Bond series has been known for is the “Bond girls,” those hot women of various ethnicities and varying degrees of...