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Flight: Denzel’s Lost Weekends

Flight doesn’t really have anything new to say about addiction, but Denzel’s performance as airline pilot Whip Whitaker and the spectacularly staged plane crash at the beginning of the film almost make you not notice that.  I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Looper: Lost boys doing bad things

Looper is like an inverted Terminator: instead of a hitman traveling back in time to kill someone, the victims are sent back in time to the hitman to be killed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, one such contract killer who matter-of-factly … Continue reading

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The Cabin in the Woods: The Slayer has left the building

*SPOILER ALERT*  If you want to go into this movie knowing as little as possible about it, you should probably wait to read this post till after you’ve watched it. I’m not a fan of horror movies.  I watched this one … Continue reading

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Argo: Fake Film, Real Lives

Argo is a great, polished suspense film – unshowy in its period details and confident in its use of plotting and editing devices to ramp up the sweaty-palms tension.  It convincingly depicts and balances three different milieus in 1979-80: Tehran; … Continue reading

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Bachelorette: Mean Girls at a Wedding

I’m not a big fan of the boys-and-girls-behaving-badly genre, but I checked out Bachelorette because Kirsten Dunst has impressed me lately (see Melancholia) and also because I enjoy Lizzy Caplan’s sardonic forthrightness.  Dunst’s Regan is consistently selfish and cruel throughout … Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy: A Treadstone Re-tread

It feels a bit unfair to judge The Bourne Legacy against the three earlier, superior Bourne movies, but if the filmmakers didn’t want us to do that, they shouldn’t have put Bourne in the title and opened the film with … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Daughter: Loretta Young Goes to Washington

The Farmer’s Daughter, starring Loretta Young, is a Capra-esque film about a young farm girl who stumbles into politics. The film values the American democratic process and stresses the importance of being politically well-informed so that one can play an … Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises into Reality

I had to watch The Dark Knight Rises twice to figure out what I wanted to say about it. Granted, the first time was in IMAX, which makes it difficult to focus on anything other than visuals. I enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Losing track of time in Christian Marclay’s The Clock

The Clock, on display through August 1 at Lincoln Center, is a mesmerizing 24-hour video installation composed of film clips that register the exact time at every minute. Created by Christian Marclay, The Clock is a large-scale formal exercise that … Continue reading

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Celeste Holm brings maturity and warmth to All About Eve

Celeste Holm passed away on Sunday, and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, then watch All About Eve immediately. In a film ridiculously full of amazing performances, Celeste Holm radiates warmth and intelligence as Bette Davis’ friend Karen.  Holm … Continue reading

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