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Review: Being Flynn
Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| March 08, 2012
Review: Crazy, Stupid Love
Rehashing the same smarmy stereotypes
Despite a few hopeful moments, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's glib romantic comedy settles into the same smarmy stereotypes: women are mothers or whores, or some variation thereof, and that's all men are interested in.
| August 04, 2011
Review: Elektra Luxx
Porn satire that's neither satiric nor sexy.
Sebastián Gutiérrez joins the ranks of directors who have employed their wives or loved ones as sex objects in their pictures. Unfortunately, he has none of the talent of a Jean-Luc Godard or even a Brian De Palma.
| March 10, 2011
Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety
Oscar looks back, turns inward
Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
| February 24, 2011
Review: The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko Kids us not about family values
If you’re going to watch one sperm-donor comedy this year — and there are a few of them, including Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-Up Plan and Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming The Switch — make it Lisa Cholodenko’s charming, uplifting, and very funny subversion of the traditional patriarchal family.
| February 24, 2011
A polymorphously perverse tango of voyeurism
One of the more ambitious genre filmmakers around, Atom Egoyan bravely takes on tawdry tales and tries to subvert them.
| March 23, 2010
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Review: A Single Man
Colin Firth stands alone
Christopher Isherwood published his novel about a middle-aged homosexual grieving for a lost lover, the frank depiction of gay desire scandalized some readers.
| December 22, 2009
An old-fashioned disaster-movie yarn
The Fernando Meirelles–directed film is, of necessity, less literary and philosophical.
| October 01, 2008
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
| August 18, 2008
A conventional period piece about a lurid subject.
| June 11, 2008
A pendantic thriller
If you know your Philip K. Dick, you know screen adaptations of his work are all over the map.
| May 02, 2007
Zealots seem to eliminate homosexuality in the womb
The same gang that for decades has warred against any invasion of the womb in which a developing fetus resides now hopes to put a fetus on a sure road to heterosexuality.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| April 04, 2007
Cuarón isn’t kidding in Children of Men
How would you respond to the prospect of no future generations? To the realization that human existence ends with the deaths of those now alive? Watch the trailer for Children of Men (QuickTime)
| February 20, 2007
Annabella | Wrong
Earlier this year, this New York–based folkie had a handful of her songs featured in the Julianne Moore flick Trust the Man .
| December 11, 2006
Bart Freundlich on misbehaving men
You could call Bart Freundlich’s Manhattan romp about couples and relationships Men Behaving Badly 101 . Watch the trailer for Trust the Man (QuickTime)
| August 17, 2006
The career of Patricia Clarkson
When I started off on the "summer of schlubs," I made a couple of rules.
| July 06, 2006
When a missing white boy, an alleged black carjacker, and mounting racial tensions collide
A practiced hand in frivolity, director Joe Roth here moves on to something more serious: distilling Richard Price’s 700-page crime drama into a two-hour seesaw.
| February 14, 2006
Politics as usual?
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
| January 26, 2006
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