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Review: Inglourious Basterds

Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2009


Review: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Idiotic, but not a total lemon
Cash for clunkers? Not completely.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 19, 2009


Review: Post Grad

Vicky Jenson's grainy Little Miss Sunshine spawn starts promisingly, with Carol Burnett as a caftan-clad coffin dodger inhaling oxygen and a bag of Cheetos.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  August 19, 2009


Review: Spread

God, is it uncomfortable
If only there were some way to watch a con-artist houseboy give his cougar sugar mama a squirming reach-around, charm the pants off a candy-necklace string of countless empty-eyed Hollywood stick figures, lose his heart to an untouchable social chameleon, and, in the process, find himself .
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 19, 2009


Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

One obnoxious romance
Long a staple of sci-fi, time travel makes its chick-flick debut in Robert Schwentke's adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's novel.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 19, 2009


Review: Bandslam

Where the Disney Channel and MTV2 intersect
This Todd Graff film suggests a year's worth of Degrassi plots squished into one overcomplicated bouillon cube.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 12, 2009


Review: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

 If only they'd brought Mr. Potato Head into the mix.
In the hands of director Stephen Sommers, who did better with the Mummy series, Joe looks like a cheap video game brightened by good actors.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 13, 2009


Review: Ponyo

Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking your head.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2009


Review: Cold Souls

Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from other films.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2009


Review: District 9

Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5 million Cthulhu-faced bug aliens crash-land into human society and a zillion boffo explosions ensue.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 12, 2009


Review: A Perfect Getaway

Well-crafted, entertaining pulp
David Twohy's film may be pulp, but it's well-crafted, entertaining pulp.
By: JEREMY MASSLER  |  August 13, 2009

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Love, truth and videotape

Paper Heart wears its heart on its sleeve
Is there anything more heartwarming than watching a little girl officiating at the marriage of two of her favorite dolls? Is there a purer form of love than the kind that a pre-pubescent might project onto the union of a plush Miss Piggy and a put-upon Kermit the Frog?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Adam

Sensitive and subtle
As opposed to what happens in most films about mentally challenged characters, the protagonist of Max Mayer's debut feature does not regress into a stereotype. Instead, he shows by contrast how stereotyped all the other characters are.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 06, 2009


Review: Aliens in the Attic

No amount of shitty CGI can save it
As a kid, I was absurdly unpicky about my entertainment: shoddy '80s anime , reruns of This Old House , staring cross-eyed at our basement's pegboard wall to achieve a Magic Eye 3-D effect — these were all totally acceptable ways of whiling away an afternoon.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 04, 2009

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Child's play

Ephron and Streep cook up a feast
Here's something I never thought I'd write: Nora Ephron has made one of the best movies of the year.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2009


Review: G-Force

Surprisingly satirical
A hero named Darwin and a convoluted plot about "global extermination" are the first clues that director Hoyt Yeatman isn't taking the cute route with his cast of animated guinea pigs.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Orphan

Delightfully gonzo
John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera Farmiga) don't have eight children to contend with, but after the miscarriage of their daughter, they adopt, bringing their brood to three. Perhaps they should have cut their losses.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Shrink

A pastiche of derivative movie pitches devoid of human feeling
Dr. Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey), the psychiatrist-to-the-stars of the title, has written a bestselling book on how to be happy. But — go figure — he isn't happy himself.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Funny People

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
What if Terms of Endearment had had more dick jokes?
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009


Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Half-Blood isn't half bad
For teenagers, everything seems like the end of the world: popularity, school, love, family, treacherous conspiracies, the war between good and evil wizards.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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