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Angels & Demons (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:31

angels1.jpgI wish I could say that this film surprised me, but it really didn’t. If you’ve seen any recent mystery/thriller, or even a handful of Law & Order episodes on television, you’ll probably figure out whodunit within 30 minutes.
 

Goodbye Solo (Roadside Attractions, NR)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:24

goodbyesolo1.jpgGoodbye Solo begins mid-cab drive. Solo laughs, unable to believe what William has just told him; we don’t hear what was said but it involved a proposition William’s made for Solo to drive him to a specific location on a specific date.
   

Shall We Kiss? (Music Box Films, NR)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:16

shallwekiss1.jpgOf course you can't open the floodgates just a crack, and before long Judith and Nicolas fall for each other for real. That raises the problem of what to do about Judith's husband Claudio and Nicolas's girlfriend Caline.
   

Enlighten Up! (Balcony Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 08 May 2009 06:12

film_enlighten_sm.jpgHow bad can it be to take a six-month vacation at someone else's expense when you don't have a job?

 

   

Lymelife (Screen Media Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 08 May 2009 06:10

film_lymelife_sm.jpgCan good filmmakers make bad source material worth watching?

 

   

Star Trek (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 08 May 2009 06:08

film_star-trek_sm.jpgDamned if J.J. Abrams hasn't worked his unstoppable magic once again.

 

   

Sugar (HBO Films/Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 08 May 2009 06:06

film_sugar_sm.jpgAnna Boden and Ryan Fleck are still very good at getting the performances that they want.

 

   

12 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 01 May 2009 03:12

film_12_sm.jpgDespite the similarity of the basic plot, there's a huge different in tone between 12 and Twelve Angry Men, and 12 comes out the winner in my book.

 

   

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 01 May 2009 03:10

film_ghosts_sm.jpgThe concept is mucked up, by the way, as the "ghost" of a present girlfriend is hardly that; she's one of Connor's employees.

 

   

Paris 36 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 01 May 2009 03:00

film_paris-36_sm.jpgParis 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all.

 

   

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 01 May 2009 02:59

film_wolverine_sm.jpgThe movie is a series of effects-driven fights, chase sequences and explosions that never really reveals anything new about the character.

 

   

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (VH1 Classic, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

anvil.jpgDirector Sacha Gervasi respects the men's refusal to give up on their dreams, without presenting a sugar-coated view of their lives as aging rockers. Music is a tough business at any age, the road can wear anyone down, and neither can be any easier from the far side of 50.

 

   

The Soloist (Dreamworks, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

soloist-header.jpgIn the hands of another actor, Nathaniel could have easily become a character instead of a real person (see Sean Penn in I Am Sam).

 

 

   

17 Again (New Line, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 17 April 2009 08:57

film_17-again_sm.jpg17 Again is not good. It is terrible. Terrible, terrible, embarrassingly, laughably terrible.

 

   

The Edge of Love (Capitol Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:36

film_edge-of-love_sm.jpgCan we just agree now that there should be a moratorium on intercutting scenes of childbirth with those of wartime amputations?

 

   

Sin Nombre (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:34

film_sin-nombre_sm.jpgAbove all, Cary Joji Fukunaga has great respect for his characters and their story.

 

   

State of Play (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 17 April 2009 08:32

film_state-of-play_sm.jpgCrowe embodies the patience that only veteran journalists can develop after years of waiting for leads and sources.

 

   

Observe and Report (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:26

film_observe_sm.jpgThe Foot Fist Way was hysterically funny, and Observe and Report is more so.

 

   

Tokyo! (Liberation Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:24

film_tokyo_sm.jpgThe thing I can't explain is that I managed to get excited about it.

 

   

Cherry Blossoms (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:28

film_cherry_sm.jpgOne person's glurge is another person's incredibly meaningful examination of the fragility of life.

 

   

Everlasting Moments (IFC, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:26

film_everlasting_sm.jpgThe greatest gift of Everlasting Moments is that it returns the viewer to a time before reproduced images had saturated our culture.

 

   

Adventureland (Miramax, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 03 April 2009 10:22

film_adventure_sm.jpgOne seemingly obvious influence on Adventureland is Paul Feig's 2005 memoir Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.

 

   

Sunshine Cleaning (Overture Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 27 March 2009 03:02

film_sunshine_sm.jpgThey try to lift themselves up by their bootstraps. They learn. We don't.

 

 

   

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