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Judi Dench and Javier Bardem Steal the Show in Skyfall

Every once in a while, there comes a movie that transcends its genre, like The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight. So it’s […]

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Even Jeremy Renner Wrestling Wolves Can’t Make The Bourne Legacy Fun

For fans of the Bourne series, this must seem implausible: That, exiting the theater, at least three people were overheard talking about how they had […]

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There Aren’t Enough Boobs in the World to Save Total Recall

A quick, math problem: It takes 17 minutes for a transporter to go from London to Sydney through the Earth’s core. If the diameter of […]

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The Dark Knight Rises Is a Great But Flawed Finale

Most fans haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from deciding that it is an unquestioned masterpiece. And though it might […]

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He Said/She Said: A Two-Part Review of Magic Mike

Our regular movie blogger Aaron Mettey and guest writer Carrie Denny discuss buns, pecs, and whether you should take your mom to see Magic Mike.

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Brave Is Pixar’s Weakest Film Yet

Perhaps it’s the ads’ fault. I’ve become so accustomed to ads being movie CliffsNotes that I expect to know every plot twist or to have […]

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You Won’t See What’s Coming in Prometheus

The Alien series is arguably one of the—if not the—most influential sci-fi movie series of all time. Not just for proving that a horror movie […]

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Men in Black III: It’s Not Good, But It’s Better Than the Second One

It has been almost 15 years since Men in Black opened on July 2, 1997. (And 10 years since Men in Black II was released—but […]

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Dark Shadows Disappoints

For a director and an actor to work together on several pictures is not uncommon. Woody Allen/Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese/Robert DeNiro, Coen Brothers/Frances McDormand, and […]

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The Raven Is a Painful Reminder That John Cusack Is John Cusack

Time has not been kind to John Cusack. This is not to say that his appearance has deteriorated, but rather to say that he’s aged […]

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Spoiler-Free Review of Cabin in the Woods

In May 2009, co-writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) completed production on Cabin in the Woods. Starring Fran Kranz (then costarring […]

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Bully Bravely Reminds You That Bullying Really Sucks

Last week the highly publicized documentary Bully, opening in Philadelphia this Friday, had its rating slashed from R to PG-13. The Weinstein Company, the film’s […]

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Perfect as Katniss Everdeen

In September 2008, the month when Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was first released, another young-adult series—featuring a certain milquetoast “heroine” and her sparkly vampire—still […]

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Nostalgia Doesn’t Help 21 Jump Street Remake

Here’s the sad truth: Many who go to see 21 Jump Street won’t have any clue that it’s actually based on a TV show. The […]

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Don Argott’s Last Days Here Made Me Cry

Last Days Here Director Don Argott first came onto my radar in 2005 when he released Rock School, his Roger Ebert-approved documentary about the Paul […]