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In films like 21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, he revels in the misery of his characters and then contrives to make them even more miserable. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of misery and pretentiousness in Birdman (which is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) but its mostly psychosomatic—and often played for laughs, which is a new thing for Iñárritu.

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Magic in the Moonlight is not terrible, but it’s far from Woody Allen‘s best. This is Allen playing it safe, with material that’s familiar both in the setting, and the theme.

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As cutting-edge as its technology is, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stubbornly adheres to old-school comic conventions. When it’s not tending directly to the emotional core of Peter Parker, it can sometimes feel like an episode of the cheesy ’60s Batman TV series.

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It’s a podcast with one of the best and worst films in recent memory, so don’t miss it.

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With a cast that is solid, a script that is inoffensively simple, and production design that glows with neon saturated colors, there is no reason that ‘Gangster Squad’ should be this bad.

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A writer brings a character to life out of thin air and a boy begins to learn the secret of his family after a strange spider bite in two movies new out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

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It’s a testament to how good the movie is that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ elicits any kind of emotion at all.

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“Crazy, Stupid, Love” may have one of the lamer and lazier titles given a film this year, but that is exactly the point. This film embraces many of the clichés of sexually driven romantic comedies, but in doing so comments on and critiques them. Just take a scene that occurs in the middle of the [...]

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Movie Review: Easy A

by Vincent Scarpa on September 17, 2010

in Print Reviews

I must confess that when I first saw the trailer for “Easy A,” the literature nerd in me was thrilled. A teen comedy that takes on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”? So down. I didn’t expect much of the movie—by which I mean I went in with no expectations of greatness—and while I don’t think [...]

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