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Devil at the Gate

Giving voice to Red Heroine
The ensemble has spent the better part of a decade composing and performing soundtracks for silent films, creating their own brand of musical alchemy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2008


Star Wars: The Clone Wars

A stiffly-animated, money-grabbing afterthought
It is Star Wars , but it's also an ad for an upcoming video game and an animated TV series debuting in October.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 20, 2008


Henry Poole Is Here

An unbelievable climax that will test your faith
Hopeless Henry Poole (Luke Wilson), suffering from one of those terminal, nameless movie diseases.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 13, 2008


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Disjointed, sketchy, and saccharine
Like Sex and the City: The Movie, Sanaa Hamri’s continuation of the journey of a pair of jeans that magically fit four girls of disparate genes feels tailored for the small screen.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 05, 2008


Bottle Shock

Bland vino
I found myself thinking, “I detect corn, laced with cheese.”
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 05, 2008


Paper or plastic?

Baghead keeps itself covered
The Duplass brothers have constructed a compact meta-movie laced with knowing winks.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 30, 2008


The X-Files: I Want To Believe

You’ll want to believe this movie was never made
X-Files creator Chris Carter resurrects Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, only they’re no longer special, and neither are they agents.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 30, 2008


Darkness falls in the Dark Knight

Scars run deep in Christopher Nolan’s Götterdämmerung
“The night is darkest just before the dawn,” says District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 12, 2009


Love Comes Lately

Splendid and dreamlike
Singer’s fear of impotence and death remains deftly woven into the dreamlike patchwork of Schütte’s narrative.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 09, 2008



Hopeful and engaging
The tale of a rickety old PC who wins the heart of a Mac.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 01, 2008



Comedy or existential drama?
Director Peter Berg’s latest, which suffers from a major identity crisis, could be the biggest test of Smith’s ability to open a summer “tent-pole” picture since 1999’s The Wild Wild West .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 01, 2008



An idealized portrait of Genghis Khan
A beautifully filmed spectacle of questionable historical accuracy, where motivations are as shallow as battles are large.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 18, 2008


Ghost of future past

Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow
When film actor Keir Dullea turned up in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as the father of Angelina Jolie’s character in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd ,  I was not only surprised to see him again onscreen, but amazed that he wasn’t dead.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 19, 2008


Kung Fu Panda

A colorful wuxia comedy
The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008


The Foot Fist Way

A looser, less elegant translation
A mean-spirited, scrappy tragicomedy that was shot in 19 days –– and looks it.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008


Sharing an Apple

Adapt or Die Dept.
Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the storied Red Sox/Yankees rivalry will tell you that Bostonians sure can hold a grudge.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2008


Speed Racer

Another faulty family film
When Andy and Larry Wachowski pitched The Matrix to producer Joel Silver, they showed him the seminal anime Ghost in the Shell , claiming their ambition was to re-create it in live action.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 07, 2008


Mio Fratello È Figlio Unico|My Brother Is an Only Child

Brotherly amore
“A Fascist in the family is always handy.” Unless it’s a family of leftists in a small Italian town during the turbulent “anni di piombo” (“years of lead”).
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2008


Vocation or vacation?

Honoring independent cinema’s ‘tour guide’
This past Wednesday, the fifth Coolidge Award, honoring a “film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging filmmaking,” was bestowed on Jeremy Thomas.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2008


The Visitor

Unforgettable direction
Writer/director Tom McCarthy, expanding on the theme of unexpected friendships that propelled 2003’s The Station Agent , is a subtle artist, and that trait extends to Jenkins.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2008


Visitation rights

Hidden in plain sight
“In terms of the general public, most people I know have never seen the inside of a detention center."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2008

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