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Review: Hesher

A promise of things to come
There's plenty to admire in Spencer Susser's feature debut, like the impressive cast — Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Piper Laurie — and the heartfelt intentions of Susser's dark coming-of-age tale.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 12, 2011

Review: Your Highness

Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 13, 2011

Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner

Speech impediments?
Given the change in political attitudes after the election of Barack Obama, a reactionary backlash following last year's progressive Oscars - in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director - might be no surprise. But who knew the Academy would get this fuddy-duddy?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2011

Review: No Strings Attached

A movie about fuck buddies that's squeamish about the term
It isn't only in the TV commercial that Ashton Kutcher says "sex friends" ...
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 26, 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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011

A dance critic's take on Black Swan

Bad-girl chat
WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 14, 2010

Portman, Aronofsky dance on the edge

Barre code
Barre code
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2010

Review: Black Swan

Fowl play: Aronofsky, Portman take flight
Darren Aronofsky's bizarre and brilliant Black Swan might remind you of many other movies, from All About Eve to David Cronenberg's The Fly . But it's also like nothing you've ever seen before.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011

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Interview: Chloe Moretz

Hit-Girl to It Girl
"You are watching a star being born," says Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn about Chloe Moretz in the voiceover commentary to the DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie, which came out at the beginning of this month.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 24, 2010

Heroine chic

Hollywood cashes in on girl power
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,” offers Ron (Rupert Grint). “Brilliant!”
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2010

Review: Brothers

Maguire, Gyllenhaal go deer hunting
Operation Enduring Freedom seems to have replaced Vietnam as Hollywood's go-to military quagmire from which to dredge gut-wrenching meditations on the psychological carnage of war.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 09, 2009

The Natalie Portman story

It was totally Lady Gaga
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 02, 2009

Review: New York, I Love You

A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2009

October lite

The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2009

Buzz band?

The glistening pleasures of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
"The rise to the top is the best part," says Natalie Portman's Shaved Head multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Price. "That's what Tupac said in the Biggie movie."
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  April 13, 2009

Interview: Leanne Shapton

Object lessons
There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2009

At home away from home

CSS take on the world — again
“We love all the pop stuff.” says Sá. “We do love the Pixies, but we also love Mariah, you know?"
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 05, 2008

My Blueberry Nights

Sexy but emotionally failing
Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

A neutered affair
Though both lead actresses give admirable performances, they’re held captive (and kept clothed) by Peter Morgan’s flat script.
By PETER HYMAN  |  February 27, 2008

Primary concerns

2008 releases offer campaign reform
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2007

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Meet Super Creep
This one’s a lot to sit through.
By MARK BAZER  |  November 14, 2007

Tourist attractions

Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007

Darjeeling unlimited

Wes Anderson talks about India, Owen, and the short
Movie miniaturist Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums , Rushmore ) expands his horizons in The Darjeeling Limited.
By GARY SUSMAN  |  October 03, 2007

Goya's Ghosts

Hauntingly awful
It’s the looming specter of a once-great filmmaking talent rising after an eight-year silence.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 18, 2007

Paris je t'aime

A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

Size matters

The Shins tend to a growing fan base
The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007

Wincing the blogs away

Indie rockers try selling out for a change
In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic environment?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007

Hunting the wild Klosterman

Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads from Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (mp3)
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006

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