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    • The Unknown Known
    • The Unknown Known

      The Fog of War (2003) ranks with the great political documentaries of all time. Errol Morris earned an Academy Award for his portrait of Robert…
    • Labor Day
    • Labor Day

      Movie Review
      The latest from mega-successful writer-director Jason Reitman had all kinds of buzz back in October and was slated for release in the prestigious Christmas…
    • I, Frankenstein
    • I, Frankenstein

      Movie Review
      How I wish I could say that I, Frankenstein is a work of unsung genius and not exactly what you think it is. Namely,…
    • Unmanned: America's Drone Wars
    • Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

      Movie Review
      Robert Greenwald makes documentaries. He also makes waves. And enemies. In the capital of this country, there are seriously powerful people who’d doubtless love…
    • The Invisible Woman
    • The Invisible Woman

      Movie Review
      “The original fault,” John Berryman mused in the prologue to his Sonnets, “was whether wickedness was soluble in art.” I mention this because it’s essentially…
    • Her
    • Her

      Movie Review
      We’ve changed in the past decade in ways we don’t fully comprehend. More and more of us interact more comfortably with the tiny internet…
    • Lone Survivor
    • Lone Survivor

      Movie Review
      Regular readers will recall that I’ve found it fun on occasion to play a little game called “What If They’d Had a Cellphone?” So many…
    • Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Inside Llewyn Davis

      Movie Review
      When writer-directors consistently produce work as strong as that of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, audiences may be tempted to overanalyze their every film as…
    • August: Osage County
    • August: Osage County

      Movie Review
      I hope your holidays were jolly. When the offices of Seven Days shutter during the festive season to give its staff a well-earned break, it’s…
    • Saving Mr. Banks
    • Saving Mr. Banks

      Movie Review
      Let this just be said: Mary Poppins forever. P.L. Travers’ magical nanny is one of the strangest and most memorable figures in children’s lit, an…
    • American Hustle
    • American Hustle

      Movie Review
      How apropos that the con artist in David O. Russell’s new film has a sideline selling forgeries. American Hustle plays like an imitation of Scorsese.…
    • The Book Thief
    • The Book Thief

      Movie Review
      The Book Thief has touched off a mini-debate about whether the world needs more Holocaust films. Yet nobody has asked the truly pressing question: Does…
    • Out of the Furnace
    • Out of the Furnace

      Movie Review
      Crazy Heart, the Oscar-winning directorial debut of actor-turned-filmmaker Scott Cooper, told a story of small-town people with dwindling prospects who, against all odds, achieve a…
    • Frozen
    • Frozen

      Album Review
      It’s official: Disney is courting the smart-moms demographic with its latest princess movies. In Tangled (2010), Rapunzel didn’t wait around for a prince to climb…
    • Philomena
    • Philomena

      Movie Review
      And just like that, Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are robbed of the title of Most Cloying and Thoroughly Preposterous Duo on a Road Trip…
    • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

      Movie Review
      With The Hunger Games franchise, Hollywood has finally found a good reason for smoking up the screen with teen angst. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) doesn’t…
    • Dallas Buyers Club
    • Dallas Buyers Club

      Movie Review
      Movie-star trajectories don’t usually work like Matthew McConaughey’s. Important actors traditionally make the films for which they’re remembered early on, and then run out the…
    • Blue Is the Warmest Color
    • Blue Is the Warmest Color

      Movie Review
      Forget for a second about the graphic sex scenes and the attendant controversies. I was struck by something different in this Palme d’Or winner from…
    • All Is Lost
    • All Is Lost

      Movie Review
      When it comes to man-versus-nature adventures, I’m pretty sure it’s a bad sign if every now and then you find yourself rooting for nature. It’s…
    • A Hijacking
    • A Hijacking

      Movie Review
      “Just business.” Those are the words that the leader of a band of Somali pirates speaks to reassure Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) in the fact-based…
    • Gravity
    • Gravity

      Movie Review
      In the course of his fabulous new film, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón achieves countless technical marvels. But the effect that impressed me most was in…
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • Much Ado About Nothing

      If you yearn for an old-school Hollywood romantic comedy, a new screen version of Much Ado About Nothing is reason to celebrate. When Shakespeare…

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