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Smashed

Beer me! Wait, maybe don’t.


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Though there’s no dearth of films about alcoholism and recovery, Smashed reeled me back not to Barfly or Days of Wine and Roses, but to Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry’s 1947 modernist novel. L   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

This Must Be the Place

Red lipstick, David Byrne and a Nazi manhunt.


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This Must Be the Place is not a movie so much as a feature-length opportunity to gaze deeply into the creases of Sean Penn’s face. Penn plays forlorn and aging glam rocker Cheyenne, whose heav   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 EMILY JENSEN

Getting Hitched

Cinema 21 celebrates the Master of Suspense.


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Like denim or Dr. Seuss, Alfred Hitchcock never goes out of style. But the director is particularly hot right now: Anthony...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON, AP KRYZA

Flight

Fly the shit-faced skies.


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Flight is about as subtle as a plane crash. And the plane crash at the beginning of Flight ain’t too subtle, either. At 30,000 feet, a commercial airliner carrying more than 100 passengers desce   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

The Sessions

Out of the iron lung and into bed.


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Sex and disability are murky waters for film. How does a filmmaker depict sex involving disabled people without gawking or needlessly inflating the significance of the event? How to show it as b   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cloud Atlas

Overcast, with a chance of getting really lost.


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When an author calls a book “unfilmable,” it takes some serious chutzpah to raise a challenge. Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski (of the Matrix franchise) and Tom Twyker (who directed Run Lola   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fun Size

A long, disgusting search for Shorty.


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Nickelodeon Movies is a studio with a wide range of tastes—or else it’s in a constant state of identity crisis. It’s responsible for Harriet the Spy but also Nacho Libre; both Lemony Snicket   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Movie House of the Dead

Classic horror and the horrors (and horribleness) they wrought.


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Every Halloween, Hollywood inundates us with the same candy that rots our teeth year after year, and this round there were several...   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 AP KRYZA

Madea Goes to Langley

Tyler Perry vs. James Patterson


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This weekend, Tyler Perry, Hollywood’s defending biggest earner, stars in Alex Cross, adapted from a thriller by airport bookstore kingpin James Patterson. Both Perry and Patterson are wildly pr   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cannibal Holocaust

PETA does not approve of the following film.


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I can’t imagine a more joyless theatergoing experience than a public screening of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust. It’s enough of a bummer to watch alone; sitting in nauseated silence w   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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