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A Little Bit of Heaven, a Whole Lotta Torture

May 10th, 2012

The old-fashioned cancer weeper — a genre that includes pictures like Love Story, Brian’s Song, and the gold standard of chemocathartic melodrama, Terms of Endearment — has been in short supply these days

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Mark Wahlberg Steers Contraband Safely into Port

Jan 24th, 2012

Savvier and less cartoonish than those posters of Mark Wahlberg with stacks of cash taped to his famous torso might have you believe, Contraband is a remake of the 2008 Icelandic smuggling thriller Reykjavík-Rotterdam, directed by the original's star, Baltasar Kormákur.


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Vampires Aren't the Only Things That Suck in Underworld: Awakening

Jan 23rd, 2012

It can be difficult to remember who we're meant to be rooting for in the Underworld universe, with its unending werewolf/vampire feud, betrayals, hybrids, bloodlines, forbidden romances and immortal daddy issues.


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Brisk, Disciplined Carnage Is Good — Not Great — Polansk

Dec 22nd, 2011

In Roman Polanski’s Carnage, two couples square off in a 4-way — or is it a 48-way? — skirmish involving parenting issues, class resentment, the self-centered nature of our society, and both sexual politics and the other kind.

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Ellen Barkin Snarls to Life in Ruthless, Unpleasant Another Happy Day

Nov 23rd, 2011

As a general rule in the movies, dysfunction is better offered as a side dish rather than a main course, accenting what’s really a story of grieving and letting go, or coming of age, or self-acceptance.

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"Straw Dogs" Remake Trades Edgy Complexity For Genre Schlock

Sep 19th, 2011
<p>As I’ve mentioned, I’ve never been the type to get hives over the remake announcements that seem to crop up in the trades every other day, or who feels that a bad redo can somehow denigrate its original.  Keep reading
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"Contagion" Treats Star-Studded Pandemic With Stone-Cold Tension

Sep 13th, 2011

No one is safe in Contagion — not from the MEV-1 virus that ricochets out of a crowded Macau casino to cut down a sizable selection of the global population with frightening plausibility, and not from Steven Soderbergh’s pitiless refusal to abide by the unspoken rules of the mainstream movie.

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Pervert's Guide to the Oscars

Jan 27th, 2009

When you look at this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Actress, one thing that sticks out is the number of nude scenes the actresses have appeared in. Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Kate Winslet (The Reader) - these are beautiful and mega-talented young women who have never shied away from on-camera nudity. Their nominations got me thinking about the nature of female sexuality in films.

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