November 2011

One of the funniest and most original films of the 1990s makes its way to Blu-ray in a new special edition from The Criterion Collection that features enough extras to keep you busy all month.

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The nominations for the 27th Film Independent’s Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles, with “The Artist” and “Take Shelter” leading the pack with 5 nominations a piece, followed by “Drive” and “The Descendants” with four each. Best Feature: “50/50″, “Beginners”, “Drive”, “Take Shelter”, “The Artist” and “The Descendants” Best Director: Mike Mills [...]

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In the new live-action/CGI movie ‘The Smurfs,’ this combination may only work for young kids. In other words, it’s not quite as awful as I expected it to be.

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The holidays have sunk their teeth into the meaty flesh of middle-America’s soft underbelly, gripping their prey like some kind of lock-jawed Komodo dragon that only releases its victim when it can feel the pulse beat out its last faint thump. This, of course, is entirely fair, what with the brain-dead consumer-base infecting all elements [...]

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‘Good Bye Lenin!’ is an overlooked comedy that starts like a Twilight Zone episode and moves on to something deeper.

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What I had heard about Bellflower, an indie movie labor-of-love shot on a shoestring budget, was a tad misleading: “It’s about two guys who build a flamethrower and a weaponized car so they can rule the world following the inevitable apocalypse.”

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Christopher Plummer is gaining a lot of Oscar buzz for his performance as a man who comes out as gay not long after his wife dies. Ewan MacGregor plays his son Oliver, and Beginnners, directed by Mike Mills, is his story.

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‘My Week With Marilyn’ is a frustrating lark of a film anchored by an impressive performance from Michelle Williams.

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In ‘Melancholia,’ Lars von Trier has created a deeply personal examination of the the extremes of depression. Is the end of the world real or metaphorical? Is the science behind it sound? These questions are ultimately irrelevant, as the movie forces the viewer to deal with fear on a personal level as well. This isn’t a film about the “global” end of the world. It’s a film about what the end of the world inside one person feels like.

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It’s hard to argue with the enormous amount of enthusiastic earnestness on display in The Muppets, the new reboot of a movie franchise that hasn’t been vital since 1984.

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‘The Descendants’ is another nuanced look at the tragicomic world of the modern adult male from the man who brought us ‘Election,’ ‘About Schmidt,’ and ‘Sideways.’

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Martin Scorsese isn’t really the kind of director you would expect to mount a big-budget family film, but once its clear that the beautifully shot ‘Hugo’ is both an adventure movie and a love letter to restoring classic cinema, it all makes sense.

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Top 10 Thanksgiving Movies

by Eric Melin on November 22, 2011

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The reason I’m writing this post about the best Thanksgiving movies ever is because I wanted to modify my Top 10 Thanksgiving Movies list, but couldn’t. There’s no reason to. It’s just that good. Dare I say “definitive”? Yes, I do.

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Today’s Overlooked Movie Monday looks at an underappreciated film by Tarsem Singh, the visual stylist behind ‘Immortals.’ This is the one film where the director puts all the elements together.

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‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ broke box office records on Friday but ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2,’ won’t hit theaters on Nov. 16, 2012.

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