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‘J. Edgar’ tries to do it all and falls short

by Andrew Younger

November 17, 2011

Much like the controversial FBI director himself, the film “J. Edgar” suffers from an identity crisis. In an attempt to provide a multifaceted portrait of J. Edgar Hoover, director Clint Eastwood fails to commit to any of the movie’s six plot lines, instead creating a film as bloated as the ...

Long distance tests love in ‘Like Crazy’

by Isabella Place

November 14, 2011

The struggle inherent in a long-distance relationship is at once deeply straining and powerfully rewarding. If a couple can handle the separation, it often strengthens the relationship: After all, it is said that absence makes t...

Troubled family moves into a ‘Horror Story’

by John Anderson

November 14, 2011

FX Network has rejected the tried and true comedy or crime-drama-based primetime lineup in favor of something a bit more experimental. Despite horror only representing 5 percent of the motion picture market share, the success of the z...

‘Martha’ showcases great upcoming talent

by David Dixon

October 25, 2011

Fox Searchlight Pictures’ marketing behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” mostly focuses on Elizabeth Olsen’s remarkable acting. It does not really give any general indication what the tale is about. This is a smart move, because first-time writer and director S...

‘The Thing’ reaches for scares and relevancy

by Andrew Younger

October 20, 2011

The prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 creature feature “The Thing” seeks to answer the burning questions that have plagued absolutely nobody in the last 30 years: What causes a hairy Norwegian to shoot a sniper rifle at an...

Drama explores politics of disillusionment

by Andrew Younger

October 13, 2011

In actor-director George Clooney’s latest effort “The Ides of March,” the central question is: Do inherently corrupt individuals gravitate toward politics, or does the nature of politics corrupt inherently good individuals? To answer this, Clooney relies as much on t...

Remake seeks to modernize ‘84 dance flick

by Courtney Rogin

October 13, 2011

“Jump back!” The 1980s classic dance flick about a small town’s ban on dancing is back in a big way. “Footloose” has been remixed to fit a world where “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Glee” dominate TV screens. Craig Brewer directed the remake and co-wrote the film wit...

‘50/50’ puts a comedic spin on a dark topic

by Morgan Denno

October 2, 2011

Cancer is the center of “50/50.” In theory, this seems like a pretty depressing idea for a movie. Statistically, viewers probably know at least one person who has either recovered from it or died from it, but it’s ra...

‘Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil’ salutes classic horror

by Andrew Younger

October 2, 2011

Of the vast swaths of Americana projected onto the silver screen, rednecks are among the most underrepresented. Despite the pay-per-view receipts for “WrestleMania” and perpetual syndication of “Hee Haw” that re...

‘Dolphin Tale’ aims to warm kids’ hearts

by David Dixon

September 28, 2011

There have not been many family films this year that have solely been intended for kids. The most successful were animated fare, but even those were aimed to please everyone. Now there’s “Dolphin Tale,” a warmhearted and uncynical movie targeted ...

Pitt and Hill team seamlessly in Moneyball

by David Dixon

September 26, 2011

“Moneyball” could easily have been called “The Ugliness and Joys of Modern Baseball.” Director Bennett Miller pulls no punches in showing the problems inherent in the beloved sport. Relationships with loved ones are dest...

‘Detective Dee’ dreadfully disappointing

by Andrew Younger

September 21, 2011

In director Tsui Hark’s mangled historical-mystery-martial arts mess “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame,” contemporary politics overwhelm the tale of China’s first female emperor, ultimately making the society that created “Detective Dee” far more fascinating than the fi...