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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Tuesday, January 17 2012

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best DVDs of 2009

Let's face it, when the content inside is less than meaningful, how better to market your particular movie than with plenty of digital packaging bells and whistles. Many of our 2009 choices reflect this strategy. Others are great all by themselves.


Thursday, January 15 2009

Best Complexities in 2008

The most remarkable films of 2008 were small, smart, and complicated. While they're surely worth seeking out for their own pleasures, they also represent the sort of movies that will find theatrical releases even harder to manage in the shrinking economy.


Columns

Monday, November 28 2011

Cold Wars End, Betrayal is Forever: ‘Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy’

What is espionage if not getting into bed with people -- physically or ideologically -- for purposes of betrayal?


Monday, May 25 2009

Let the Right One In, But Only the Right One

Lindqvist’s book and Alfredson’s film adaptation both convey a sweet, dark version of puppy love. We don’t need the American remake.


Reviews

Monday, March 19 2012

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Provides a Master Class in Acting -- as well as Spying

Gary Oldman’s George Smiley proves that brains, as much as James Bond’s brawny action, are key to the British spy game.


Thursday, December 8 2011

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Offers Bleak Charms

In his slowly paced, dirty-minded adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, director Tomas Alfredson is faithful to the painstaking part of le Carre’s baroque and cynical fictions, almost to a fault.


Sunday, October 26 2008

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

If the display of violence is to be expected in a "vampire movie," the particular framings are striking.


Blogs

Tuesday, March 24 2009

Let the Wrong One Out

It was one of last year's best films - foreign or otherwise. It was unceremoniously snubbed for Oscar consideration (favoritism found Sweden submitting another, lesser


Thursday, November 20 2008

Let the Right One In

When was the last time a vampire was truly scary? No, not gory, or gross, or given over to fits of faux romanticized rage and


Wednesday, November 19 2008

Vamp-Ire: 'Twilight' vs 'Let the Right One In'

Blame Anne Rice. Blame her for being the literary stake in the original vampire's heart. If it wasn't for her spinster prose take on the


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