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Summer is almost over and I’m relieved because I’m melting. But I’ve had more excellent reads this summer than I did in the past few years, and many of the standout books are August releases.
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Movie Review: BIUTIFUL & Notes from Q&A with Javier Bardem

January 3, 2011 – 2:03 am | 6 Comments

If you’re familiar with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s past work—Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros, etc.—you probably suspect that the title is ironic because there’s very little about Biutiful that’s beautiful. It’s a relentlessly bleak film about …


December 17, 2010 – 2:40 am | 3 Comments

I’m leaving town this weekend for the holidays and am hideously behind in everything. Someone reminded me today Christmas is next weekend and I gave her a blank face. Wha…?
Thus, in the interest of saving …

Awards Are Coming! Awards Are Coming!

December 14, 2010 – 3:18 pm | 11 Comments

I’m a little behind but want to cover Golden Globe nominations and winners from some major critics’ groups.
First, GG noms in the big movie categories, with a few brief observations:
Best Motion Picture–Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The …

Movie Review: HOW DO YOU KNOW

December 12, 2010 – 11:00 pm | 15 Comments
How Do You Know

The title of James L. Brooks’s latest movie, How Do You Know (opening Dec. 17), refers to when you realize you’ve fallen in love with someone. But the question I asked myself while watching was: …

TRUE GRIT: Review & Comparison Between Both Versions

December 8, 2010 – 1:40 am | 8 Comments

Last Saturday, I saw the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit (opening Dec. 22), about a U.S. Marshal who helps a young girl avenge her father’s murder, with my friend Eric Edwards, who had re-watched …

Movie Review: THE FIGHTER

December 5, 2010 – 11:47 pm | 4 Comments
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When The Fighter (opening Dec. 10) had its world premiere at the AFI Fest presented by Audi, Mark Wahlberg introduced the film and said if anyone didn’t like it, “I will personally come to your …

Movie Review: BLACK SWAN

November 29, 2010 – 4:47 pm | 14 Comments
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When awards season rolls around, and even for months beforehand, we’re subjected to a lot of hyperbole, where every picture is breathtakingly touted as “best of the year!” and every performance is called Oscar-worthy. More …

THE KING’S SPEECH: Movie Review with Production Notes

November 22, 2010 – 11:00 pm | 12 Comments
Firth at AFI Fest

When I first heard a while back that Colin Firth had picked this as his next project, I thought, “Ugh.” I’m not a big fan of historical drama and the description sounded so humorless and …

Movie Review: BURLESQUE

November 21, 2010 – 9:41 pm | 19 Comments
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After I saw Burlesque (opening Nov. 24) last week, a bunch of my friends asked, “So, was it a train wreck?” I think it’s telling that’s their first question but the answer is: It’s not …


November 19, 2010 – 11:51 pm | 4 Comments
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Among my favorite stories of all time are the ones about Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and the rest of Pooh’s friends in the 100 Acre Wood. It never fails to make me cry when …

Boring Prequels Challenge

November 19, 2010 – 9:16 pm | 8 Comments

Against my better judgment, I sometimes spend time on Twitter when I should be doing something else. But it can be fun and every once in a while, someone posts a funny game that I …


November 18, 2010 – 12:57 am | 17 Comments
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A movie that’s opening against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 had better have the muscle and legs to stand up to it. It probably wouldn’t hurt to also have some magic dust …

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