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Review: Limitless

Making up for lost time
Neil Burger ( The Illusionist , The Lucky Ones ) hasn't previously displayed much of a personal style, but here he opens with street-level power-of-ten shots, his camera zooming forward, through people and vehicles alike.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2011


Review: Paul

E.T. riff confuses fanboy-baiting references with actual gags
American excess replaces the British austerity vibe that defined the Simon-Pegg-and-Nick-Frost-starring genre send-ups Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in this love letter to Reagan-era Spielberg.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 17, 2011


Review: Rango

 Johnny Depp stars in Rango. Best of all? It’s not in 3D!
Roger Deakins (True Grit) may have just lost the Academy Award for a criminal ninth time, but his talent as a cinematographer is one of the secret weapons in the first CG movie from live-action director Gore Verbinski (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy).
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 11, 2011


Review: Just Go With It

Alert social services: this movie is an exercise in abuse
Has Jennifer Aniston's career gone so far off track that she needs to slum in this year's Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 15, 2011


Review: Country Strong

Pretty weak
Too-soon-out-of-rehab country star Kelly Canter (a bronzed Gwyneth Paltrow) attempts to twang her way back from a drunken stage dive in Dallas that resulted in a miscarriage.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2011


Review: Little Fockers

A transparent cash grab for everyone involved
Mean Streets , Taxi Driver , and . . . Little Fockers ?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 22, 2010


Review: How Do You Know

Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 14, 2010


Review: Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham makes herself at home
Writer/director/star Lena Dunham's portrait of post-graduate haze finds her character, Aura, moving back to her "photo-artist" mother's TriBeCa loft/studio.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2010


Review: Tangled

By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2011


Review: Today's Special

A satisfying dish indeed
Director David Kaplan trades the Cinderella story of 2007's Year of the Fish for the formulaic but still tasty recipe behind his screen adaptation of The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi's Obie-winning play, Sakina's Restaurant .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2010


Review: Cool It

Bjørn Lomborg: environmental Antichrist or nice guy? Or both?
Bjørn Lomborg, the Danish director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist , has been called an idiot and a traitor by his critics — none of whom is given a forum to speak in the new documentary.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2010


Review: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Was the Gov a victim of a political hit?
Once the "sheriff of Wall Street," Eliot Spitzer was a "fucking steamroller," flattening foes like former NYSE head Dick Grasso and destitute former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg (his "worthless" stock valued at a paltry $100 million, boo-hoo) during his rise from NY AG to popular governor.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 11, 2010


Review: Megamind

Let’s hear it for celebrity voices and an excess of licensed pop music!
Did you like Universal's Despicable Me and its computer-animated 3D tale of a misunderstood criminal mastermind? Well, then, you're in luck.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry turns Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem” into . . . a Tyler Perry movie.
Can a mid-'70s play consisting of 20 monologues delivered by seven women survive the transition to movie screens in 2010? The short answer: not if it's adapted by Tyler Perry.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Gerrymandering

Political doc draws an odd line
Perhaps quoting Thomas Pynchon at the beginning of this political documentary wasn't such a hot idea.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Paranormal Activity 2

We deserve to be demonized
We demanded this sequel — or so Paramount's marketers would have us believe.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 26, 2010


Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Pulp affliction: this Girl has lost her sting
This Swedish-language adaptation of the bestseller is a B-movie, the screen equivalent of a "summer beach read."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 27, 2010


Review: Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Can Chekhov work on the big screen?
Can Chekhov work on the big screen?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 13, 2010


Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's kind of a cuckoo's nest
The moment comes at around the midway mark of Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's third narrative feature.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2010


Review: Never Let Me Go

A portrait of passivity
Logan sure was on to something when he made his run in Michael Anderson's kitschy 1976 sci-fi classic.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 24, 2010


Review: Mademoiselle Chambon

 Stéphane Brizé’s heartbreaking waltz
Hungarian violinist and composer Franz von Vecsey’s Valse triste strikes a delicate chord in Stéphane Brizé’s subtle and exquisitely acted adaptation of Eric Holder’s novel.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 16, 2010

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