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    Review: 'Little Fockers' Is That Lump of Coal You (Apparently) Asked For

    A blatant cash grab from studio logos to closing credits, “Little Fockers” takes the money-making formula of "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" and adds adorable kids, Jessica Alba, and glorified cameos from Harvey Keitel and Laura Dern into the mix. Families will flock to the holiday release with gusto, but it’s up for debate whether 100 minutes with the Focker and Byrnes families is worse than quality time with your own dysfunctional clan. Sure, there are a few laughs, but we’re not talking minor discomfort on the level with your aunt having spinach casserole stuck in her teeth and blithely smiling for the camera. “Little Fockers” is...

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    Review: John Cameron Mitchell's Grieving Drama 'Rabbit Hole' Digs Up Deep Emotion

    This review originally ran during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Review: 'Casino Jack' Showcases A Broken System With Irreverent Glee But An Unfocused Eye

    In case you needed a primer on what a lobbyist is, “Casino Jack” has got you covered. Based on the rise and fall of disgraced Washington man-about-town Jack Abramoff, the comedy-drama explains with great detail and full color exactly what a lobbyist does, what sort of influence they wield and their ...

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    Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

    With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protag...

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    Review: 'True Grit' An Old-Fashioned Oater Only The Coens Could Make

    Judging by some of the early reviews of "True Grit" you would think that the Coens had left their bag of tricks at home when making the film, delivering a respectful if overly formal western. However, it seems those reviewers who got an early look forgot that the Coens are often found at the height of their creative powers when operating with a genre milieu. Take "Miller's Crossing," "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- all films with giant nods to filmmakers of yore, yet each imbued with the Coens' own distinctive thematic obsessions: this all continues with "True Grit." Wickedly funny, undeniably compelling and yes, touc...

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    Review: 'London Boulevard' A Miscast Mess

    It's quite rare for a screenwriter to become something of a brand name, particularly with fewer than half a dozen produced credits, and, while William Monahan may not mean a huge amount to the general public, his is a name that tends to make film geeks prick up their ears. In the decade since he worked on the aborted project "Tripoli" with Ridley Scott, Monahan's become one of the most in-demand writers around. Scott may have botched his excellent crusades script "Kingdom of Heaven" by casting Orlando Bloom in the lead, but the writer can't have minded too much, as only a year later he was picking up an Academy Award for his work on Martin Sc...

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    Review: Julie Taymor's 'The Tempest' Is A Blustery Much Ado About Nothing

    This review originally ran during the 2010 New York Film Festival.

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    Counterpoint Review: 'Tron: Legacy' Is A Masterclass In Poor Storytelling

    We ran our first review "Tron: Legacy" yesterday, here's another take on the film.

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    Review: 'The Tourist' Is Not Worth Getting Out Your Passport For

    From the very first shot of the film, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck makes it evident that "The Tourist" will attempt to be flashy, frothy entertainment. An impeccably dressed police captain climbs into the back of a van with three more impeccably dressed officers, bringing them a tray of espresso, in some pretty fabulous looking takeout cups (no grimy We Are Happy To Serve You style cups for these guys). It's a minor detail, but the scene is indicative of the film as a whole. More often choosing fabulous locations, set design and attire over realism, charm or originality, "The Tourist" mostly feels like walking through a very expe...

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    Review: 'Tron: Legacy' Is A Sonic & Visual Delight, But Lacks Soul, Narratively Empty

    The first hour of "Tron: Legacy," Disney's immensely budgeted (some reports have it soaring past the $300 million mark with marketing costs) reboot/sequel of a marginally popular 1982 live-inside-the-videogame cult oddity, is as breathless and bold as any recent franchise flick. It begins in 1989, with Jeff Bridges, playing computer magnate/visionary Kevin Flynn, mysteriously vanishing -- leaving behind a vast company and young son. We flash forward 20 years or so, and the abandoned son Sam (played by Garrett Hedlund) is now the company's largest shareholder but also a restless, wayward twentysomething who pulls an annual prank on the board (...

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