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Review: Neil Young Trunk Show

Traveling down no "No Hidden Path"
If a Neil Young neophyte can find himself rocking in a cinema seat to the spirited, soulful music performed in this second of a rumored triptych of Demme-directed, Young-starring concert documentaries, long-time fans are bound to break their armrests.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 17, 2010

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Review: A Matter Of Size

One big charmer
Director duo Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor have fashioned a look at a group of blue-collar Israeli men and how they came to accept who they are.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2010

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Review: Remember Me

Robert Pattinson trades his fangs for James Dean's cool
Director Allen Coulter bites off more than he can chew in this rote romantic drama.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 10, 2010

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Review: The Yellow Handkerchief

William Hurt and his killer ex-con ’stache give you something to brood about
Like Tony Orlando & Dawn's 1973 #1 single, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree," Udayan Prasad's Southern-fried sudser descends from a 1971 column Pete Hamill penned for the New York Post .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 10, 2010

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Review: Cop Out

More like strike out
Directing has never been Kevin Smith's strong suit ...
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2010

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Review: The Good Guy

As much fun as chlamydia
Writer/director Julio DePietro's first effort is every bit as obvious as it sounds, thudding from one symmetrically perfect cliché to another.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2010



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Review: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Freaks and Greeks
That must've been one rockin' party the gods of Ancient Greece had with the hotties of America back in the early '90s, since they left a string of demigods with absentee-daddy issues behind.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 17, 2010

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Review: From Paris With Love

Laced with Gallic bile
"God, I love the French," bellows the American ambassador to France.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 10, 2010

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Review: When In Rome

... make a hasty retreat
Exhibits neither an eye nor an ear for comedy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 02, 2010

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Review: Tooth Fairy

It bites
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dons a pink tutu and wings as Derek, a hockey player who's earned the nickname "The Tooth Fairy" for his knack for knocking out opposing players' bicuspids on the ice.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 26, 2010

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Review: The Spy Next Door

Brian Levant’s cheap misfire
Let’s hope Chan’s fans back East never get a whiff of this one.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2010



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Review: Leap Year

Needs to take a long leap off a short cliff
Why, Amy Adams, why?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2010

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Review: Everybody's Fine

It's . . . fine, we guess
You'll be forgiven if you mistake Robert De Niro's face for Robert Young's next to Kate Beckinsale's, Drew Barrymore's, and Sam Rockwell's on the poster for Kirk ( Waking Ned Devine ) Jones's remake of Stanno tutti bene .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 09, 2009

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Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 18, 2009

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Review: The House of the Devil

The '80s revival hits the horror genre
Have you walked near a college campus lately? You might notice that the ’80s are creeping into fashion, the way the ’70s did a few years back, and with the same lack of irony. It’s happening in cinemas, too — something that’s not entirely unwelcome when it comes to the horror genre.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 02, 2009

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Review: Red Cliff

John Woo returns east
Hong Kong auteur John Woo hit commercial and artistic pay dirt in the US with Face/Off , his loopy Nicolas Cage/John Travolta neo-noir, but once he’d directed Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II , was there anywhere left to go?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 25, 2009



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Interview: Gabourey Sidibe

A hidden gem discovered in Harlem
"While reading the book, I realized that I knew this girl in so many different people. Not just girls but boys, and not just black people but white and Asian and Indian."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 18, 2009

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Review: Michael Jackson's This Is It

Is this it?
The Star Wars –style titles that begin Kenny Ortega’s hastily assembled Michael Jackson tribute documentary explain that the film has been whittled down from 100 hours of behind-the-scenes video shot between last April and June during rehearsals for the King of Pop’s planned 50-date “This Is It” London concert series.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 12, 2009

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Interview: Lone Scherfig

An Educated Lady
Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, her first English-language effort, filmed in Scotland and starring Adrian Rawlins and Shirley Henderson.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2009

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Review: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

This is bullshit.
You’d think Troy Duffy would have learned something in the decade since he blew his golden ticket with The Boondock Saints .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 02, 2009

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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


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