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Film, "Words and Pictures": Continuing the Ancient Feud Between Written Stuff and Drawn Stuff

"Words and Pictures": Continuing the Ancient Feud Between Written Stuff and Drawn Stuff

Say this for Batman vs. Superman: You do at least kinda want to see how that'll play out. Less so Words and Pictures, which hinges on another for-argument's-sake sort of conflict, even if the conjunction in its title implies magnanimous…
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Film, "Intruders": Blandly Amalgamated Spanish Horror Tropes

"Intruders": Blandly Amalgamated Spanish Horror Tropes

Spanish horror movies have carved out a distinctive niche over the past few years with a surprisingly effective alchemy of fairy-tale-influenced chills and Hitchcockian psycho-sexual suspense. This 2011 entry, a U.K. co-production, continues the tradition—or cashes in on it—with iffy…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Duplicity </i>

Duplicity

It’s little surprise that, for his second film as director, Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy leans heavily on his favored tropes of international espionage and cutthroat capitalism. The surprise is that Duplicity is a comedy—about two people who love each…
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Film, The Bourne Comedian

The Bourne Comedian

Whether it's the amnesiac super spy of the Bourne franchise or the weary law-firm fixer of Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy specializes in characters who wear so many masks that, memory loss or no, they scarcely know who they are anymore.…
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Film, <i>The International</i>'s assets are troubled indeed

The International's assets are troubled indeed

Tom Tykwer's The International is one of those movies in which shadowy men meet in parked cars, abandoned buildings, and inconspicuous public spaces (museum galleries are a particular favorite), travel under assumed names, and always glance nervously over their shoulders,…
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When He Was Small

Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen, looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a…
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Film, Don't Believe the Hype

Don't Believe the Hype

History repeats itself: Eleven Decembers ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie, a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a well-known source by a name director. With a bare minimum of advance screenings and a shocking absence of hype, the…
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Film, It's a Crime

It's a Crime

Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history, and advertising, you could be forgiven for anticipating some kind of socially relevant, perhaps even politically volatile dramatic smash-up — something with teeth,…
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Film, Off the Tracks

Off the Tracks

Moviegoers with a taste for nasty villains will get all they can handle from the heavy in Swedish director Mikael Håfstrom's Derailed. Philippe LaRoche -- played with obvious relish by a craggy-faced Vincent Cassel -- is not the kind of…
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Film, King Artless

King Artless

Behold what is, in theory, the thinking person's ideal summer blockbuster. King Arthur features some of the planet's most beautiful people, dressed way sexily, gallantly galloping and bashing each other with all manner of implements amid lush vistas and robustly…
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Film, I'll Sleep When I'm Bored

I'll Sleep When I'm Bored

It would be nice to declare, "Fans of Mike Hodges, rejoice!," or some such thing at the arrival of the veteran director's latest film -- but alas, not this time. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead shares elements with some of…
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Summer Film Previews

Bukowski: Born Into This STARRING: Charles Bukowski, Bono, Sean Penn, Barbet Schroeder DIRECTOR: John Dullaghan PREMISE: From the official press release: "The name Bukowski is as synonymous with fighting and fucking as it is with poetry and prose ... John…
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