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Literary-Minded Teen Comedy More Stuck Than ‘Struck’

There isn’t much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it’s one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands […]

‘My People,’ My People: A French Farce Misfires

If Tolstoy was right about every unhappy family being unhappy in its own way, the cinema of domestic dysfunction will […]

Old-Fashioned Crime, Newfangled Camp In ‘Baytown’

During The Baytown Outlaws prologue — a bloody massacre scene that doubles as a credit sequence — director Barry Battles […]

‘Gangster Squad’: Law? What Law?

Decked out in impeccable suits and a fedora so crisply brimmed it could cut through drywall, Josh Brolin stars in […]

Oscar Nominations: ‘Lincoln’ Leads The Pack, But Where Is Kathryn Bigelow?

It turns out that if you ask the Academy at large who are the best directors, you get a very […]

Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

(With apologies to Sandra Cisneros’ poem “You Bring Out The Mexican In Me.”) We brought out the Dolores del Rio […]

‘Umbrella’ Is A Twisted Modernist Masterpiece

Will Self’s latest novel, the Booker-shortlisted Umbrella, is a strange and sprawling modernist experiment that takes the human mind as […]

In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough

On average, YouTube streams 4 billion hours of video per month. That’s a lot of video, but it’s only a […]

‘A Life In Friendships’ Is A Life Well-Lived

You know how sometimes, in life, you make a friend, and at first you want to talk to her all […]

In ‘Django’ And ‘Lincoln,’ Two Very Different Takes On America’s Racial Past

There hasn’t been a major Hollywood movie in recent memory with more confounding racial politics than Django Unchained. And there […]

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