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Monday, January 16 2012

The Best Female Film Performances of 2011

It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.

Wednesday, May 4 2011

Summer Movie Preview: August 2011

August brings us a clash between horror and sci-fi as vampires, demons, and super-intelligent apes battle the Grim Reaper and a beefy Barbarian for your last few popcorn coins.


Wednesday, January 4 2012

'The Help' Is an Elegantly Profound Crowdpleaser

Unlike movies that try to be both self-righteous and profound, The Help is characterized by a surprising sincerity in how it acknowledges its faults from the get-go.

Thursday, August 11 2011

'The Help' Ends Up Being Less Revealing Than Self-Righteous

In The Help, lying is a way of life. If the maids lie as a function of their employment, their employers lie in ways at once subtler and more blatant.


Tuesday, December 6 2011

White Never Makes Right: 'The Help' (Blu-ray)

Indeed, horror is what's missing here... horror and a sense of the real world working its way into the isolation of (this small town).

Thursday, August 11 2011

'The Help' Holds Fast to Its Meaningful Message

While it's too long and too timid, The Help is still a wonderful, evocative indictment


Friday, February 3 2012

Oscar nominees take a look back with ‘New Nostalgia’

The New Nostalgia, despite every dyspeptic bone in my body, is not necessarily a bad thing -- particularly in thoughtful hands, like those of Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. The New Nostalgia is about dipping into movie history to rediscover the joy of moviegoing itself.

Sunday, January 29 2012

‘The Help’ wins big at SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Screen Actors Guild handed out three of its five film awards Sunday night to performers in the 1960s civil rights drama “The

Wednesday, August 31 2011

Jackson, Miss., residents feel the weight of a legacy of racial struggles in ‘The Help’

JACKSON, Miss. — On a recent steamy Saturday evening, 11 members of Deborah Rae Wright’s book club — black, white, Indian and Jewish women — gathered in her

Monday, August 22 2011

'The Help' tidies up a lot

I can only imagine the emotional roller coaster Viola Davis must have experienced when her agent called to say she'd been offered a juicy part

Tuesday, August 16 2011

How 'The Help' solidifies a new summer tradition

LOS ANGELES — For all the cliches about chick flicks, the form has actually taken some interesting turns in recent years. This weekend it took the

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