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Film, "The Bourne Legacy": More Like the Damon Lacuna

"The Bourne Legacy": More Like the Damon Lacuna

The Bourne films have more than just overstayed their welcome and outlasted the Ludlum books — they've been Van Halenized, with an abrupt change of frontman and a resulting dip in personality. The only big-ass popcorn franchise of the past…
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Film, "The Deep Blue Sea": Lovers Try to Stay Above Water

"The Deep Blue Sea": Lovers Try to Stay Above Water

The Deep Blue Sea, the first fiction feature in a dozen years from the visionary British director Terence Davies, is a film about love that in no way reassures that love conquers all. Plumbing disquieting depth, Deep Blue Sea interrogates…
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Calendar, Night&Day Romance Triangulated

Romance Triangulated

The Deep Blue Sea, the first fiction feature in a dozen years from the visionary British director Terence Davies, is a film about love that in no way reassures that love conquers all. Plumbing disquieting depth, Deep Blue Sea interrogates…
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Film, Despite its stylish trappings, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i> is no joke

Despite its stylish trappings, The Brothers Bloom is no joke

Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing — where everything takes place in a familiar today and an otherworldly yesterday, where the audience is at once agreeably comfortable and inexplicably unsettled. When his characters…
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Film, Fountain of Shame

Fountain of Shame

Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain — adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel — should really be called The Shpritz. The premise is lachrymose, the sets are clammy, and the metaphysics are all wet. The screen is…
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