Redbelt (Sony, R)

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Friday, 09 May 2008 02:10

redbelt.jpgMamet’s characteristic style is on full display here. His characters use language as a weapon and means of deception, speaking in stylized, clipped patterns carefully crafted for effect, which is similar but not quite like the way anyone really talks.

Live and Become (Menemsha Entertainment, NR)

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Friday, 09 May 2008 02:03

liveandbecome2.jpgThe strain of the deception weighs heavily on young Schlomo, who retreats into a silent ball of misery, punctuated by outbursts of violence. His life improves after adoption by a leftist French-Jewish couple, and gradually Schlomo comes out of his shell and starts to take part in life.

Then She Found Me (ThinkFilm, R)

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Friday, 09 May 2008 01:49


Hunt does a great job in her dual role. Her portrayal of a woman redefining her life is excellent. April is harried and downtrodden, but never inaccessible. April is definitely the victim, of bad luck, poor timing, and other’s self-centeredness, but she is not perfect. She has faults and makes bad decisions. She is a real person.


Speed Racer (Warner Bros., PG)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 May 2008 17:00

speed_racer_header.jpgThe film accomplishes exactly what The Matrix did in 1999 in that it looks like absolutely no other movie that preceded it.



Made of Honor (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

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Friday, 02 May 2008 10:15

moh.jpegIn fact, the filmmakers didn’t take anything good very far. They make a big deal of Tom and his basketball buddies deciding that he’s going to “steal the bride” by being the best maid of honor ever. Can you guess what Tom does then?

The Life Before Her Eyes (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Friday, 02 May 2008 10:07


The saving grace of this film is, not surprisingly, Wood’s standout performance as young Diana, a self-aware “bad-girl” who smokes pot, sleeps with older men and is full of attitude (a slightly more mature version of her character in Thirteen).


Planet B-Boy (Elephant Eye Films, Unrated)

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Friday, 02 May 2008 09:58


Planet B-Boy mixes liberal amounts of dance footage with interviews with the top teams and their families, the European founders of the event, and several B-Boy legends.


Iron Man (Marvel Studios/Paramount, PG-13)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 02 May 2008 09:41

Marvel has a history with crowd-pleasing summer action flicks, but when it comes to crowd-pleasing, this film goes above and beyond.



Baby Mama (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 25 April 2008 02:21

film_baby-mama_sm.jpgFey and Poehler work well as a somewhat uptight businesswoman and her wild, white-trash surrogate.



The Duchess of Langeais (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Joe Bowman Friday, 25 April 2008 02:18

film_duchess_sm.jpgIf you're patient, The Duchess of Langeais is a ravishing experience.



My Blueberry Nights (The Weinstein Company/MGM, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 25 April 2008 02:11

film_blueberry_sm.jpgMy Blueberry Nights tells the story of Elizabeth, who travels across America in order to get over her ex, find herself, and maybe fall in love with Jude Law along the way.



Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal Pictures, R)

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Saturday, 19 April 2008 02:19

sarahmarshall75.jpgSegel is as great as he always is, but the real find here is what a great writer of music he is. Segel wrote a few songs for the movie (that are actually performed by characters in the movie; we’re not just talking about score here), and they are really, really great.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Saturday, 19 April 2008 01:58


Spurlock interviews a wide range of people from an array of socio-economic backgrounds searching not only for Bin Laden, but what these people really think of America, what gives rise to fanatics like Bin Laden, and does the average person support terrorism.


88 Minutes (TriStar Pictures, R)

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Saturday, 19 April 2008 01:43

88mins75.jpgI wish I could say this was one of those films where an inspiring lead performance lifted the material, but Pacino doesn’t add much to 88 Minutes.

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (City Lights Pictures, NR)

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 16:00


You’ve heard this story before, but what makes The Year My Parents Went on Vacation worth seeing is the unfamiliar setting: not just Brazil, but the Jewish community of Sao Paolo.


Street Kings (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 15:50


Street Kings borrows so heavily in plot, tone and pace from Training Day that comparisons are inevitable, and while Street Kings is a thrill-a-minute roller coaster of action, Ayers is not Antoine Fuqua and Reeves is not Denzel Washington.


Smart People (Miramax Films, R)

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 15:30

smart75.jpgThis type of film hinges on the cast, and the ensemble here is tremendous. Dennis Quaid leads with one his best performances ever as the stodgy widowed professor and patriarch of a seriously dysfunctional family.

Boarding Gate (Magnet Releasing/Magnolia, R)

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 14:52

boarding75.jpgJust as Asia Argento walking around in her underwear holding a gun wouldn’t have worked without Assayas. I know you probably beg to differ about the latter, but Assayas keeps Argento in check, guiding her throughout the film with mesmerizing results.

CJ7 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG)

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 14:30

cj75.jpgWhile I liked it quite a bit more than I expected, I can’t say what audience this movie could possibly find. People who like both family films and Asian action films? I don’t know.

The Witnesses (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Saturday, 05 April 2008 04:35


Though unlike Téchiné’s laboring WWII drama Strayed (also with Béart), The Witnesses succeeds on its urgency, cleverly depicting a dark era of recent history with vigor and a surprising velocity.


Shine a Light (Paramount, PG-13)

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Saturday, 05 April 2008 04:21


It is fitting these artists are paired together. The world’s most important filmmaker documents the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.


Leatherheads (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Saturday, 05 April 2008 04:08


The movie is funny and entertaining, with fast-paced dialogue and plenty of humor everyone will enjoy. It never takes itself too seriously or gets too sappy, which is due to Clooney’s competent directing.


The Grand (Anchor Bay Entertainment, R)

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Saturday, 05 April 2008 03:57


Some people like to watch other people playing cards on television, while others would rather watch the paint dry on their bedroom ceiling. There’s no point in arguing about who is right, but if you like to watch poker on ESPN, that’s another indication that you might enjoy The Grand.


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