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Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Reviews

Sunday, April 21 2013

'Gangster Squad' Casts a Pretty Sheen Upon a Shallow Story

Despite a star-studded cast and a seductive setting, Gangster Squad fades in the noirish-glow of '40s-era Los Angeles.


Thursday, January 10 2013

'Gangster Squad': Sean Penn's Putty Nose

Though Mickey Cohen never quite fulfills the lunatic vampiric promise of his first scene with a pair of gnarly coyotes, Sean Penn has the right idea here.


Friday, August 12 2011

'30 Minutes or Less' Gives Us More than 30 Minutes of Yammering

Nick's foul-mouthed yammering ensures you get the joke, that you don't read tragedy into this comedy.


Wednesday, February 17 2010

Zombieland

Have you ever taken a cross country road trip? How about a cross country road trip where you have to fight zombies? Are you feeling fit?


Friday, October 2 2009

Zombieland

Zombieland does well enough in its early minutes, then picks up a little unexpected speed when Columbus meets another "noncannibal survivor" (played by a perfect Woody Harrelson).


Blogs

Friday, August 12 2011

'30 Minutes of Less' Offers at Least Twice as Many Laughs

As long as we stay situated on the duos and their dithering silliness, 30 Minutes or Less is a light and airy piffle. Otherwise, it struggles to keep itself, and its audience from wandering off.


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