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King Arthur gets modernized, Snatched puts Goldie and Amy in peril. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is more bilingual scuffling
Also The Wall, a small but potent war movie, Boston, a salute to the Marathon and The Belko Experiment’s gruesome doings
May 11th, 2017
Classics re-done in a Disney sequel, a literary history and a home-made copy of a blockbuster
Also Canadian angles on burlesque and dysfunctional families and breaking procedure in a French courtroom
Jun 17th, 2016
Oscar-nominated shorts are special; Side Effects and Identity Thief, just ordinary
Paperman and Maggie Simpson are among the short films with Academy Award nominations this year.
Feb 7th, 2013
Four stars for Anna Karenina, less for Hitchcock, Killing Them Softly and Back to 1942
Keira Knightley plays literature’s elegant but most suffering-for-love woman, Anna Karenina.
Nov 30th, 2012
Big praise for Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. Red Dawn, not so much.
Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook get my highest recommendation this week.
Nov 23rd, 2012
Christmas movies: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Mission Impossible 4 and Young Adult
Gary Oldman is the new George Smiley, the spy fiction favorite from John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Dec 16th, 2011
Contagion, Warrior, Gainsbourg, The Interrupters vs. gang violence and a restored masterpiece
In Contagion, Kate Winslet tries to get a viral epidemic taken seriously before it spreads worldwide.
Sep 9th, 2011
The Runaways, Repo Men and The Bounty Hunter Arrive in Theatres. Better to Take a Mid-August Lunch Instead
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning revive The Runaways the pioneer grrrl band from the 1970s. That and four other films debut this week. (Read more)
Mar 19th, 2010