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"Happy families are all alike," wrote Leo Tolstoy, but "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Including his. more
A  low-key, fact-based espionage mystery-thriller with a secret identity as a marital drama.  In both guises, it delivers as a taut, tense, timely tale. more
The meaning of success, upward mobility, and job security all have to be redefined during a calamitous recession and that's exactly what the timely, resonant, and thought-provoking contemporary workplace drama, “The Company Men” (2010), sets out to do. more
Johnny Depp playing a standup chameleon. more
Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. Hey, a superhero movie with no Spandex.  Will wonders … more
Geeky, cheeky, sneaky, and freaky, “Paul” (2011) is a gigglefest for sci-fi-romaniacs. more
A fictionalized historical drama about Anne and Mary Boleyn, sisters driven by their ambitious father and uncle to advance their family's status by courting the affections of the mercurial 16th century King of England, Henry VIII. more
Hey, there are limits.  We know.  But not for this guy.  Not once he takes his meds.  And this is his tale.  A tall one at that. more
First-time director Patricia Riggen isn't afraid to be sentimental, but her film is emotionally explosive in conveying the reality of these lives as lived. more
 Okay, so it's not flawless or priceless.  But it's not careless, clueless, or carat-less either.            more
  It's  computer-generated in the modern fashion but is meant to recall the traditional, hand-drawn mode, so it has a lushness and a warmth that reminds us of animation's classic style. more
“Bridesmaids” isn't a traditional romantic comedy, nor is it really a wedding flick.  What it is is an exploration of female friendship. more
The boundaries of "doing whatever it takes to get by" change during times of financial hardship, a phenomenon that “Win Win” explores as it dramatizes the decision-making process in everyday life. more
Wimbledon just ended. The Olympics start July 23 and the U.S Open August 30. Time for a tennis film. more
This R-rated English-language redo of the pulpy Swedish thriller doesn't have quite the suffocating suspense or emotional impact of the original. But for anyone who missed out on that masterful, subtitled gem, this is a respectable, stimulating substitute. more
A family fantasy from Scorsese?  What's going on here? more
A mission: impossible to resist. more
Despite sporting a title that makes it sound like a refreshingly forthright slasher flick, this sprawling epic is actually a thought-provoking morality fable about manifest destiny and man-first destiny.   Maybe it’s true that no man is an island, … more
 It’s a bloody musical! That's not a complaint, but a literal description of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007), director Tim Burton's movie version of Stephen Sondheim's unusual Broadway hit. more
Debuting screenwriter Diablo Cody won the Oscar for her screenplay's ear-tickling, smart-mouthed, stylized-but-honest dialogue, and the fine ensemble cast has a field day with it, especially Page as the shoot-from-the-lip teen and voiceover narrator. more
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