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Prequelly Sequel Re-Remake

The Thing may seem familiar, but it’s not because it’s new

Movie Reviews Strange visitor with assimilation challenge shakes up local status quo—we could be talking about Footloose, but we’re in fact referring to The Thing, another recently renewed early ’80s movie memory.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Game Changers

Moneyball is at least the best Brad Pitt-Jonah Hill baseball movie ever

Movie Reviews Moneyball is so inside baseball, it’s inside out. Imagine not just another movie reverie on the virtues of the American pastime, but one with the mind-set of a back-office stats wonk. Nonfans will be hard-pre...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Epic Disaster

Soderbergh’s disaster flick clumsily steps back

Movie Reviews Contagion is the name of the film because it’s also the name of the most developed character.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Pay it Forward

Helen Mirren and friends participate in a creaky spy thriller remake

Movie Reviews We greet The Debt with a sense of relief, if only because its title could portend some hasty hectoring documentary about Congress figuring out its financial “super committee,” and this movie is so...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Not a Lock

Sarah’s Key is just another tasteful Holocaust drama

Movie Reviews Sarah’s Key would like to reassure you that there is still a place in this worldor at least in its movie theatersfor the grave Holocaust drama of child endangerment.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Killing Time

30 Minutes or Less is Too Long

Movie Reviews By modern movie standards, the polite action-comedy about bumbling criminals seems awfully quaint. Might some refreshment be had from a rude slacker comedy featuring utter dumbshit criminals?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Middling Mashup

Cowboys & Aliens boasts more writers and producers than good ideas

Movie Reviews Cowboys & Aliens doesn’t just sound conceptually obvious; it’s obvious in every other way, too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Patriot Games

Captain America delivers over-the-top, America-lovin’ fervor

Movie Reviews Captain America: The First Avenger does accurately reflect a few things from actual history. But while the United States did flirt with eugenics for a while, and Nazi Germany did try to vaporize whole populatio...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Bad Education

Tom Hanks teaches a master class in mawkishness with Larry Crowne

Movie Reviews This must begin with a shameful confession: The trailer for Larry Crowne made me want to punch Julia Roberts in the face.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Trolling Abroad

Norway does the mock-doc monster movie…better

Movie Reviews Writer-director André vredal’s film begins with a sober disclaimer. What follows, we’re told, is a chronologically assembled, unretouched trove of haphazard documentary footage, gathere...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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