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Film, "Elysium": In Space, No One Can Hear You Be the 99 Percent

"Elysium": In Space, No One Can Hear You Be the 99 Percent

As didactic as science fiction gets, Elysium delivers an allegory about the haves and have-nots — and the plight of illegal immigrants — that's so blunt, it operates as little more than a cacophonous CG-ified lecture. Working in the same…
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Film, "Carnage": Parents Rage in Brownstone Brooklyn

"Carnage": Parents Rage in Brownstone Brooklyn

In Carnage, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play, posh pair Alan and Nancy (Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet) come to the home of wholesaler Michael (John C. Reilly) and crunchy author Penelope (Jodie Foster) to discuss how to…
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Calendar, Night&Day "Polite" Society Upended

"Polite" Society Upended

In Carnage, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play, posh pair Alan and Nancy (Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet) come to the home of wholesaler Michael (John C. Reilly) and crunchy author Penelope (Jodie Foster) to discuss how to…
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Calendar, Night&Day We Are Stardust

We Are Stardust

We once knew an astronomy professor who'd say to his students, “You all were once inside stars.” And he wasn't lying. He explained that the universe started off as mostly hydrogen molecules, which gravity pulled together to make stars. The…
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Film, "The Beaver": Mel Gibson and His Puppet's Strange Return to Screen

"The Beaver": Mel Gibson and His Puppet's Strange Return to Screen

An earnest, intermittently droll dramedy about a manic-depressive toy manufacturer and his bewildered family, The Beaver is a parable that's not easily parsed. While director Jodie Foster fails to maintain a consistent tone — could there be such a thing…
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Calendar, Night&Day We Are Stardust

We Are Stardust

We once knew an astronomy professor who'd say to his students, “You all were once inside stars.” And he wasn't lying. He explained that the universe started off as mostly hydrogen molecules, which gravity pulled together to make stars. The…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish How the West Was Wasted

How the West Was Wasted

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Warner Bros.) Beautifully shot, masterfully acted, and 19 hours too long, Assassination is an uneven mix of the artful and the arty that never had a shot at bringing in…
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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, Crash Landing

Crash Landing

Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster as a mother who's either lost her daughter or her mind during a flight from Berlin to New York, is a wonderful movie for about an hour -- a moving, gripping rumination on loss, grief, and…
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