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Review: The Stepfather

Remake fails to get any blood flowing
If you call a film The Stepfather , then your title character should have the decency to marry into that perfect little family that he’s predisposed to butcher and kill.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 21, 2009


Review: An Education

Carey Mulligan graduates with honors
Let’s get this right out of the way: Carey Mulligan is the real thing.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 15, 2009


Interview: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson

 Picking the brains of Zombieland 's stars 
Vampires may have taken a bite out of the popular zeitgeist in the past couple of years, but the nearly $25 million in ticket sales that greeted the opening of Zombieland, as it shuffled into theaters this past weekend, just goes to prove that while flesh-eating ghouls might be (un)dead, you should never count them out.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 07, 2009


Review: Fame

A PG-rated, post- High School Musical remake: why, exactly?
Oh, MGM: I realize you're staving off bankruptcy, but is remaking past hits the answer?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 30, 2009


Review: Five Minutes of Heaven

Or, rather, 90 minutes of tension
It's easy to see what attracted Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt ( Bloody Sunday ) to Prime Suspect veteran Guy Hibbert's screenplay: it's an actor's showcase.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 2009


Review: Love Happens

Melodrama also happens
Half an hour into the screening of this tearjerker from Brandon Camp, three women exited. They made the right choice.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 2009


Review: Still Walking

By now, it's a bit of a cliché to compare the work of Hirokazu Koreeda to the masterful films of Yasujiro Ozu — something of which I've certainly been guilty.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 16, 2009


Review: 9

Shane Acker expands his short
"Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7-8-9!" Although the logic of this riddle may puzzle adults, the word- (or number-) play slays 'em in the schoolyard.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009


Review: Betty Blue, The Director's Cut

Well-remembered arthouse film gains an extra hour
"I had known Betty for a week," a voiceover intones. The voice is that of Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), an unpublished novelist, whom we see fucking Betty (Béatrice Dalle in a star-making turn) in the slow zoom that serves as the opening shot of Jean-Jacques Beineix's well-remembered contribution to erotic cinema.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009


Review: All About Steve

They should have called it "There's Something Insane About Mary"
How is it that the absolute worst "chick flicks" of the summer were written by women?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009


Review: Halloween II

Rob Zombie's newest bloody mess
Rob Zombie's remake of a sequel to a film he remade begins where his previous film left off.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 02, 2009


First look at James Cameron's Avatar

Titanic Gamble
James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 26, 2009


Review: Lorna's Silence

A work of near-greatness
Are there many better young actors currently working in film than Jérémie Renier?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 13, 2009

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Charlyne Yi is a hot date
Who exactly is Charlyne Yi? Two years ago, she appeared — seemingly from out of nowhere — in a brief but memorable turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. A closer look at Apatow's new Funny People , however, might provide a clue as to where he discovered her.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 07, 2009

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Love, truth and videotape

Paper Heart wears its heart on its sleeve
Is there anything more heartwarming than watching a little girl officiating at the marriage of two of her favorite dolls? Is there a purer form of love than the kind that a pre-pubescent might project onto the union of a plush Miss Piggy and a put-upon Kermit the Frog?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Orphan

Delightfully gonzo
John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera Farmiga) don't have eight children to contend with, but after the miscarriage of their daughter, they adopt, bringing their brood to three. Perhaps they should have cut their losses.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Humpday

It ain't gay if it's art!
Ben's ovulating wife, Anna, does understand that this is something he needs to do, even if she can't quite understand why. I'm with her there.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 24, 2009


Review: Blood: The Last Vampire

An interesting experiment
Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 08, 2009


Review: Jerichow

Disastrous, but unexpected
In Germany, as in America, it seems that the price of postage is rising.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 02, 2009


Review: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Plays out like a TV movie
Unlike what happened to him in The Passion of the Christ , James Caviezel in this adaptation of a 1994 non-fiction book by Freidoune Sahebjam only hears about a grotesque martyrdom.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2009


Interview: Pete Docter

3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2009

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