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Film, "Walking with the Enemy": Do the Reich Thing

"Walking with the Enemy": Do the Reich Thing

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a single true-ish story of heroism defying Naziism left untold by the movies, along comes Walking with the Enemy to remind you that at least you were right about there probably being…
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Film, "The Dictator": More Culture Clash Than Comedy Revolution

"The Dictator": More Culture Clash Than Comedy Revolution

In The Dictator, Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), dictator of fictional North African nation Wadiya, travels to New York to defend Wadiya's nuclear program to the U.N. Aladeen's brother (Ben Kingsley) attempts to sell him out, hiring a goat-fetishizing…
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Film, "Hugo": Scorsese Milks the 3-D Trend for His Timeless Cause

"Hugo": Scorsese Milks the 3-D Trend for His Timeless Cause

Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3-D family filmmaking centers on its title character, played by Asa Butterfield, a just-pre-pubescent orphan squatting in a train station circa 1930. When not dodging an orphan-hunting station constable (Sacha Baron Cohen), Hugo secretly maintains…
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Film, Scorsese's head-trip <i>Shutter Island</i> is the good kind of insane

Scorsese's head-trip Shutter Island is the good kind of insane

Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, a florid art shocker Paramount welcomed into the world with the strained enthusiasm of a mutant baby's parents, begins with U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) seasick, head in the toilet. The film is his prolonged…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Wackness</i>

The Wackness

The Wackness is a mix tape of clichés, with writer-director Jonathan Levine taking cuts from a dozen or more “life-affirming” coming-of-age melodramas and setting them to the backbeat of NYC ’94. The movie begins by ballyhooing its “edge”: The Sony…
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Film, Film Feature

Summer Grows Up

Explosions, pratfalls, and robots; heroes, aliens, and blondes — it must be summertime at the movies. Beyond the flash, though, it's striking to note just how many movies will require us to actually think this summer— aren't we supposed to…
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Film, Sans Quentin

Sans Quentin

You may not yet have lost your ardor and respect for the pressure-point hammerblow Quentin Tarantino executed on American movies, but it's difficult at this late date not to view him as an imperative inoculation with unfortunate side effects: gas,…
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Film, Screenplay <i>Zero</i>

Screenplay Zero

You know how fear is scary? Well, director E. Elias Merhige is into that, especially in his new serial-killer thriller Suspect Zero. Absent, however, is the dark-comic malevolence the director smartly cultivated in his successful and disquieting Shadow of the…
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Film, <i>House</i> of Pain

House of Pain

For those who pay no mind to Oprah, the dispute at the heart of House of Sand and Fog concerns the occupancy of a run-down little bungalow just inland from the Northern California coast. It's not much of a place,…
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