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In Kelley Armstrong’s This Fallen Prey, third in the Casey Duncan series (after A Darkness Absolute), the detective and the off-the-grid town of Rockton remain as fascinating as ever.
Rockton, situated in the Canadian Yukon, is …

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Highlights and Lowlights of Golden Globes 2011

January 16, 2011 – 11:32 pm | 17 Comments
Firth, without the Harley

I look forward to the Globes every year because they are decidedly nutty—weird nominations, random presenters (Alicia Keys?) and drunk acceptance speeches. This year was no exception, starting with Helena Bonham Carter’s wacky dress and …


My Pop Culture Consumption This Week

January 14, 2011 – 12:30 am | 10 Comments

I consumed a lot of pop culture this week but unfortunately, there were a lot of empty calories. Here’s a quick rundown of a couple new TV series and a movie opening today.
Episodes—Showtime, Sundays, 9:30 …


First Official Photos of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

January 12, 2011 – 3:21 pm | 5 Comments

W Magazine has revealed the first official photos of Rooney Mara as the titular character in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, due December 21. Mara’s transformation from the fresh-faced coed …


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
fighter leo

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
black_swan kunis

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 …

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