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The Dawn of Sunset Boulevard

The Dawn of Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria Swanson as a silent-screen legend...

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David O. Russell’s Comeback From Crazytown

David O. Russell’s Comeback From Crazytown

Few disagree with the line from the old Jimmy Buffett song that “If we couldn’t...

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A Wilderness of Mirrors

A Wilderness of Mirrors

Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Kill Osama thriller Zero Dark Thirty (which goes...

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The Unbearable Dullness of Judd Apatow

The Unbearable Dullness of Judd Apatow

This Is 40 is one of those rare films that is so unforgivingly awful, it’s worth...

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Tarantino Explained

Tarantino Explained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is, among much else during its leisurely...

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Loathing Lindsay Lohan

Loathing Lindsay Lohan

One of my minor irritants is seeing weak people intentionally set up to fail. It...

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Anna Karenina: Sympathy for the Cuckold

Anna Karenina: Sympathy for the Cuckold

Joe Wright first directed Keira Knightley in a decent remake of Pride and...

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Lincoln: A Tall Man in a Small Film

Lincoln: A Tall Man in a Small Film

With his unimpeachable performance in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (which opens...

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Post-Apocalypto

Post-Apocalypto

Among literary critics, a controversy has been raging tepidly over what purpose...

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The Scoop on Looper

The Scoop on Looper

Rian Johnson’s critically acclaimed Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and...

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The Old Abnormal

The Old Abnormal

In 1966, Bruce Lee threw himself (literally) into the role of Kato, the Green...

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A Masterful Acting Clinic

A Masterful Acting Clinic

The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in a period piece...

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How Robots Push Our Buttons

How Robots Push Our Buttons

Robot & Frank is a clever little sci-fi dramedy about a semi-senile old coot...

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Projecting Talent Onto Criminals

Projecting Talent Onto Criminals

Are criminals in real life ever even one-tenth as fascinating as they are in...

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