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Review: Bronson

Tom Hardy is mesmerizing
From Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn comes a fantasy bio-pic of Britain's notorious Charlie Bronson, a larger-than-life character who, after swiping his identity from Charles Bronson transformed from bare-knuckle prizefighter into "Britain's most violent prisoner."
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  November 17, 2009


Review: Black Dynamite

A rush of ’70s nostalgia you never knew you had
His pimp hand is strong but fair. He keeps his resplendent Afro, rippling pecs, and nunchakus well-oiled. He’s Black Dynamite. In this glorious retro homage to ’70s blaxploitation cinema, director Scott Sanders isn’t so much traversing I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka territory as he is making a full-length Grindhouse spoof trailer — and doing a shockingly awesome job of it.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  November 11, 2009


Totally clips of the heart

Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  November 12, 2009


Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Harry Potter  it ain’t, but it’s fun all the same.
You’ve seen it all before: a boy with a special destiny tangles with the occult and gets sucked out of his normal life and into the twilight realm of the supernatural, in the process setting the stage for paranormal war between good and evil.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 28, 2009


Apocalypse wow

Margaret Atwood unleashes the End Times
At the start of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood , mankind is heaving its last gurgling sighs.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 20, 2009


Review: Good Hair

Chris Rock will make your head itch to know more
According to Chris Rock, this documentary directed by Jeff Stilson was born when his young daughter asked him: “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 26, 2009


Review: Law Abiding Citizen

Kind of fun, if you can ignore its politics
If a thousand commenters chained to a thousand typewriters produced a movie script, it would probably read an awful lot like F. Gary Gray’s vigilante-revenge thriller.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 16, 2009


Review: Couples Retreat

Couples (and everyone else), retreat.
This movie has the power to make any date feel as endless and soul-sucking as the lifetime’s worth of defective, hateful marriages that doom the film’s protagonists.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 14, 2009


Review: The Boys Are Back

We're supposed to root for this guy?
Director Scott Hicks ( Shine ) returns to warm hearts with the saga of Joe Warr, a journalist (based on real-life columnist Simon Carr, and played by Clive Owen) whose second wife (Laura Fraser) dies of cancer, leaving him a single father with a hands-off parenting style.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 30, 2009


Interview: Robert Siegel

 On the shoulders of Giants fans
As Robert Siegel explores the idea of what happens when reality curb-stomps overblown expectation, it's hard not to feel a visceral twinge of empathy.  
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 25, 2009


Review: Jennifer's Body

Diablo Cody's exquisite corpse
You are no doubt approaching Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's new venture into horror comedy with gritted teeth, expecting the cinematic equivalent of being bludgeoned into a bloody pulp by an adorable novelty hamburger phone spewing snappy quips out of its receiver.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 16, 2009


Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 16, 2009


Review: The September Issue

An eye-opening, highly satisfying fashion documentary
The issue of Vogue currently crowding newsstands is the September issue, a 584-page monstrosity that's the hallowed mag's biggest production of the year.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 09, 2009


Interview: RJ Cutler

Bringing vérité to Vogue
An ardent disciple of cinéma-vérité, filmmaker (and Harvard alum) RJ Cutler has taken us behind the scenes of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign in The War Room and into the turbulent lives of 14 Illinois teens in American High.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  September 08, 2009


Interview: Paula Deen

Storming the Bean
"I'm just looking so forward to coming up there. And having lobster. In some butter. Did I mention I like butter?"
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 26, 2009


Review: Play the Game

A slow, painful, embarrassing death of dignity.
This is the kind of movie you stagger out of in a stunned trance.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 26, 2009


Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

One obnoxious romance
Long a staple of sci-fi, time travel makes its chick-flick debut in Robert Schwentke's adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's novel.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 19, 2009


Review: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Idiotic, but not a total lemon
Cash for clunkers? Not completely.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 19, 2009


Review: Bandslam

Where the Disney Channel and MTV2 intersect
This Todd Graff film suggests a year's worth of Degrassi plots squished into one overcomplicated bouillon cube.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 12, 2009


Review: District 9

Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5 million Cthulhu-faced bug aliens crash-land into human society and a zillion boffo explosions ensue.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 12, 2009


Review: Aliens in the Attic

No amount of shitty CGI can save it
As a kid, I was absurdly unpicky about my entertainment: shoddy '80s anime , reruns of This Old House , staring cross-eyed at our basement's pegboard wall to achieve a Magic Eye 3-D effect — these were all totally acceptable ways of whiling away an afternoon.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 04, 2009

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