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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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Cross country trek

A two-day mission
A two-day mission
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 05, 2009

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Review: Tokyo Sonata

An unexpectedly moving J-horror film
J-horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) begins his timely, if atypical, tale with the downsizing of Japanese patriarch Ryuhei Sasaki from his administrative post.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 06, 2009

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Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

 McConaughey is less miser than sex-addicted shithead
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore must have a pathological hatred of the winter holidays.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 28, 2009

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Review: Battle for Terra

A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 28, 2009

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Review: Trust Us This Is All Made Up

But should we trust them?
“Trust us, this is all made up,” begins TJ Jagodowski, addressing a capacity crowd at New York’s Barrow Street Theater.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2009



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Review: Mine

Watch, animal lovers, and be stupefied.
Early in Geralyn Pezanoski's documentary, a news clip shows George Bush proclaiming, "The world saw this tidal wave of disaster descend upon the Gulf Coast, and now they're gonna see a tidal wave of compassion."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: Invisible Girlfriend

Surreal
Does this documentary from David Redmon and Ashley Sabin exploit its subject? You'll be tempted to say yes.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: Crude

Quietly compelling
Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009

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Review: Automorphosis

A light-hearted look at auto fetishists
What kind of person would dedicate his or her life to creating "Art Cars," vehicles that have been transformed into mobile art installations by their proud owners?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009

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Review: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

Too many characters. And the fighting is terrible too.
Andrzej Bartkowiak's second video-game adaptation avoids one of the most egregious errors of Steven E. de Souza's first attempt at adapting the storied fighting-game franchise for the screen.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2009



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Review: Fired Up!

Despite its Cheerleader Movie appearance, this is very much a Guy Movie
If you're a guy who's reluctant to view a neutered movie (and despite its Cheerleader Movie appearance, this is very much a Guy Movie), you might want to wait for the unrated DVD.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 25, 2009

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Plausibility is not its strongest suit
"Your mom and I think that if the American economy can be billions in debt and still be fine, then so can you," reason the absurdly accepting parents of Rebecca Bloomwood.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2009

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Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

A suspense-less rampage
Jason Voorhees's bloody hands have developed green thumbs.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 12, 2009

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Review: Taken

The stink of producer/co-screenwriter Luc Besson permeates like Roquefort
Pierre Morel's talents as an action cinematographer served him well when he directed District B13.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Inkheart

A nice diversion
How novel: a fantasy adventure for children that's not afraid of the dark while espousing the joys of the printed word, with nary a fart joke to be heard.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2009



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Review: Defiance

Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009

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Review: Last Chance Harvey

A Lifetime TV movie with better leads
Between them, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson have four Oscars, so it's hardly surprising to see them paired up in director Joel Hopkins's attempt at Oscar bait.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009

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Review: Marley & Me

Banal entertainment
Will Jennifer Aniston ever get a good film role?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2008

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Review: The Human Condition

Kobayashi's 10-hour epic
Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi (1916-1996) always stood up to the established order
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 22, 2008

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Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

We're doomed
The scene set in McDonald's makes sense, unlike the rest of the plot.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 17, 2008


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