What is so terrible about Reese W. and ‘This Means War’?

Most big-budget studio movies are so glossy and unreal these days that it always fascinates me when the critical community zeroes in on a particular piece of escapism as an example of all that is
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Turning 9/11 into a high gloss Hollywood soap opera

I didn’t think I would ever be subjected to a Hollywood special effect more tasteless than that notorious POV shot of the bomb hitting the battleship in Michael Bay’s 2001 “Pearl Harbor.” Yes, anyone
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The best reporting on OWS and other goodies in the new n + 1

In the space of just 13 issues, the Brooklyn-based, three-times-a-year journal n + 1 has become one of the most reliable sources of reporting on the things that really matter in contemporary America.
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Rent it now: the power of a vulnerable Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver has stood apart from other film actressses — literally and figuratively — since she broke through with her sensational performance in the first “Alien” picture in 1979. Weaver’s
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‘Client 9’: Eliot Spitzer tries to explain himself (sort of)

Alex Gibney’s 2010 documentary, “Client 9,” covers some of the same territory as another  non-fiction film from the same year “Inside Job” — the strange personal behavior of the super-rich men on Wall
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‘Heartless’: Jim Sturgess as a 21st century Travis Bickle

British writer-director Philip Ridley’s “Heartless” opened in 2010 to reviews that were not nearly as good as this beautiful and unsettling film deserved. The movie did not receive national theatrical
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Rent it now: Danny Meyer facing his first failure

If you harbor the common fantasy of one day running your own restaurant, you should first check out Roger Sherman’s DVD documentary, “The Restaurateur” (First Run Features). Sherman started following
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‘The 400 Blows’: the film that launched a cinematic revolution

It was an honor to be asked to host the first “Critic’s Choice” night at the beautiful Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport tonight at 6:30. After looking through the new venue’s impressive catalog of
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