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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Female Film Performances of 2009

Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.


Monday, April 27 2009

Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.


Columns

Sunday, November 11 2012

The Tragedy of the Family Game in 'The Road to Perdition'

Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.


Thursday, October 4 2012

The Non-Bonds: James Bond's Bitter, Decades-Long Battle... with James Bond

While the James Bond film franchise remains one of the most acclaimed, successful, recognizable and marketable movie series in history, there was a time when the mighty Mister Bond had some stiff competition at the box office: himself.


Reviews

Wednesday, November 7 2012

Take the Shot: 'Skyfall'

James Bond looks broken and weary, an embodiment of a traditional model of international spydom, the one premised on national borders, white-Western-wealthy entitlements, and excessive consumptions of alcohol, cars, and women.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

'American Beauty' Is a Victim of Its Own Middlebrow, Mainstream Success

Despite the critical success of American Beauty, it turned out that Sam Mendes was not a wild, idiosyncratic, long-take visionary like P.T. Anderson or Spike Jonze, but rather a strong studio craftsman.


Thursday, August 5 2010

Road to Perdition

Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition is a somber and elegiac period piece set in Depression-era Illinois, with a tragic narrative framed around father and son relationships.


Sunday, September 27 2009

Away We Go

Another movie about and/or aimed at educated, self-aware 20-and-30-somethings, a certain portion of which, of course, hate nothing more than a movie trying to entertain them or depict them in any way.


Friday, June 12 2009

Away We Go

Away We Go is breezy and summer-appropriate -- but its central couple still has problems.


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Blogs

Friday, November 16 2012

Icons at War in ‘Skyfall’

Sam Mendes’ tough, relationship-focused Bond film is really about leadership in extremis, with towering and isolated icons fighting tooth-and-nail to keep society together amidst the growing chaos of modernity.


Friday, November 9 2012

'Skyfall' Is One of Bond's Best!

(Skyfall is) a combination of the old and the new, the predictable and the completely unexpected.


Thursday, June 25 2009

'Away' is a Wonderful, Wonky Road Trip

Up until this point, they had avoided responsibility. They lived like nomads, sequestered from family and friends while indulging in their own insular (and happy)


Thursday, June 4 2009

Away We Go: Home Sweet Wherever

A finely pedigreed comic road film that, when all is said and done, is too finely-tooled for the NPR set to have much life left in it.


Wednesday, December 24 2008

Winslet and DiCaprio Shine in 'Revolutionary' Drama

As long as they had Paris, they had hope. Actually, as frustrated suburban housewife April Wheeler would later reveal, it didn't have to be the


News

Friday, July 12 2013

‘Skyfall’s’ Sam Mendes to Direct New James Bond Movie for Fall 2015

LOS ANGELES — After months of in-and-out reports on the new James Bond film, “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes is heading back to MI6. Sony Pictures and


Wednesday, February 11 2009

How Kate Winslet outdid herself to garner an Oscar nomination

Kate Winslet always was going to land a best actress Oscar nomination this year. That was understood. Otherwise, Vanity Fair wouldn't have put her on


Thursday, January 22 2009

Michael Shannon's small part in ‘Revolutionary Road' made a big impact

"There were no movie stars on that set," actor Michael Shannon said Monday of his latest film, "Revolutionary Road." Celebrity chroniclers and film fans might


Thursday, December 25 2008

In ‘Revolutionary Road,' Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play a not-so-happy couple

NEW YORK - In "Revolutionary Road," Leonardo DiCaprio does not play a CIA agent, a reclusive multimillionaire or a South African diamond smuggler. Instead, he


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