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F.W. Murnau's indelible Tabu (1931), a last gasp of the silent era about young lovers cast out of their Polynesian paradise, gets a postcolonial gloss in Portuguese filmmaker (and former film critic) Miguel Gomes's similarly two-part meta-movie.
| February 13, 2013
Review: Gangster Squad
In the history of Hollywood violence, Gangster Squad scored a footnote when it was pulled from a September release, after the Aurora shooting for a scene in which gangsters machine-gunned their way through the Grauman's Chinese Theatre screen.
| January 10, 2013
Review: Red Dawn
High-school football players trade Friday-night lights for AK-47s when North Korea invades Spokane in this remake of John Milius's 1984 hit, whose rallying cry is no longer "freedom" but "family."
| November 21, 2012
Review: Chasing Mavericks
Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted, who took over after the former suffered complications from heart surgery, Chasing Mavericks is fair family fare.
| October 31, 2012
Review: The Loneliest Planet
Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal) are fit and fearless adventurers backpacking through Georgia's Caucasus Mountains until a split-second lapse of judgment calls everything they took for granted into question.
| October 31, 2012
Review: The Bay
Fourth of July festivities in a quaint small town on the Chesapeake Bay are spoiled by the mass ingestion of tongue-eating isopods, all fortuitously recorded by never-before-seen news footage and consumer-grade cameras, in this, Barry Levinson's collaboration with the Paranormal Activity boys.
| October 31, 2012
Review: Beauty Is Embarrassing
This is a rare documentary in which the camerawork and editing (and lively animation) are as dynamic as its subject.
| October 18, 2012
Review: The Paperboy
A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a convicted killer (John Cusack).
| October 11, 2012
Duping yoga-mad Americans
Kumaré, an Indian guru who walks barefoot and carries a staff and a small rattan suitcase, preaches that he is an illusion, and he is.
| August 28, 2012
Review: The Bourne Legacy
Tony Gilroy's Bourne spinoff
In this Bourne spinoff, The Hurt Locker 's Jeremy Renner continues his unlikely bid for action-franchise stardom as Aaron Cross, a next-generation Special Op boosted with bionics.
| August 09, 2012
Review: To Rome With Love
Woody Allen's slight stories
Woody Allen's European vacation winds down with four tales that indulge his usual preoccupations: hookers, sell-outs, fame, mortality, and hot bi chicks.
| July 05, 2012
Dumbing down Family Guy 's Brian for the big screen
Seth MacFarlane is making his big-screen debut with yet another dope and his talking teddy bear.
| June 29, 2012
Review: Your Sister's Sister
Seattle slacker Jack (Mark Duplass) has been beating himself up over his brother's death for a year, so his brother's ex-girlfriend (Emily Blunt) — who is also Jack's best friend— offers him her father's cabin in the San Juan Islands for the weekend to clear his head.
| June 21, 2012
Review: Safety Not Guaranteed
An act of nostalgia
For a generation weary of Zooey Deschanel's manic pixie and of staring down a future of student loans and dreary internships, Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan alt-comic who could have stepped out of the pages of Ghost World, may be the next dream girl.
| June 14, 2012
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
| June 05, 2012
Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
Summer of free love
When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mother (Jane Fonda), an unreconstructed hippie who lets chickens roam the house, grows pot in her basement, and still practices free love.
| June 07, 2012
Review: The Intouchables
French comedies rarely travel well, but The Intouchables , the first film from the writer-director team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to be commercially released here, has earned its status as an international blockbuster.
| August 29, 2012
Everybody loves Bernie
So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
| May 15, 2012
Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
| May 18, 2012
Review: Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
Kari Ames (Sharon Leal) has it all: a handsome professor husband (Blair Underwood), an adorable six-year-old (Zoe Carter), and a sweet home in New Orleans' Garden District.
| April 11, 2012
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