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Film, "Mars Needs Moms": Space Junk

"Mars Needs Moms": Space Junk

Who said animation should look real? Robert Zemeckis, for one, though as evidenced by Disney's recent closing of his ImageMovers Digital studio, he increasingly appears to be alone in that sentiment. Mars Needs Moms stands as the potentially final Zemeckis–produced…
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Film, John Cusack's <i>Martian Child</i> Phoney, Predictable, Pedestrian

John Cusack's Martian Child Phoney, Predictable, Pedestrian

John Cusack, who more or less began his career sneaking a peek at Molly Ringwald's panties in Sixteen Candles, has finally become an onscreen daddy — which only took, what, 23 years? Except, he isn't exactly the most fortunate family…
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Film, Lovely, Not Amazing

Lovely, Not Amazing

In Nicole Holofcener's first feature, 1996's Walking and Talking, the writer-director warmly portrayed an adult female friendship, nudging at emotional issues without resorting to shtick or melodrama. Five years later, Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing attempted to do the same for…
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Film, Straight to <i>Helen</i>

Straight to Helen

Sitting through Raising Helen is an exercise in frustration, because somewhere inside this big heap of Hollywood nothing is a something (someone, actually) worth saving and savoring. Her name is Joan Cusack, always a supporting player but never a star,…
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The Enemy Is Us

Arlington Road Directed by Mark Pellington. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger. Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Hope Davis. Opens Friday at area theaters. Do you feel snug and secure in your cozy suburban life? Are you happy in…
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