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Helena Bonham Carter
| January 01, 0001
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.
| 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.
| April 13, 2011
Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner
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?
| 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" ...
| 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.
| February 24, 2011
A dance critic's take on Black Swan
WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| December 14, 2010
Portman, Aronofsky dance on the edge
| 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.
| February 24, 2011
| January 01, 0001
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.
| August 24, 2010
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!”
| April 12, 2010
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.
| December 09, 2009
The Natalie Portman story
It was totally Lady Gaga
| 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.
| October 14, 2009
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?
| September 17, 2009
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."
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| April 13, 2009
Interview: Leanne Shapton
There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
| 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?"
| 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.
| 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.
| February 27, 2008
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.
| December 28, 2007
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Meet Super Creep
This one’s a lot to sit through.
| November 14, 2007
Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
| October 03, 2007
Wes Anderson talks about India, Owen, and the short
Movie miniaturist Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums , Rushmore ) expands his horizons in The Darjeeling Limited.
| October 03, 2007
It’s the looming specter of a once-great filmmaking talent rising after an eight-year silence.
| 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).
| May 23, 2007
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)
| 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?
| 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)
| October 05, 2006
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