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Features

Monday, April 30 2007

Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.


Reviews

Friday, July 25 2014

Scarlett Johansson Gets Goopy in 'Lucy'

This might be as close to a point as Lucy can get, the essential illogic of movies, of illusion, of delusion.


Thursday, August 22 2013

Uncanny Incidents in and Around Paris Lead to 'The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec'

Rather than trying to make sense of the Byzantine plot, it's probably just better to sit back and enjoy the pretty pictures—they really are pretty—and not think too hard about anything.


Friday, April 20 2012

"The Lady" Is a Superficial Portrait

The Lady becomes torn between its two primary themes: the nobility of Suu Kyi’s cause and the emotional costs of her dedication, which include the loss of her loved ones for goals that seem no nearer in sight at the end of the film than the beginning.


Monday, June 25 2007

Angel-A (2005)

Angela is as brilliant and selfless, vulnerable and exciting as any of Luc Besson's other perfect girls.


Sunday, August 3 2003

La Femme Nikita (1990)

If Nikita's appetites are boundless, so is her distrust.


Blogs

Friday, July 25 2014

You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate 'Lucy'

If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy.


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