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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
As if further proof were needed that we live in the Golden Age of Animation, along comes “The Princess and the Frog.” more
The bravura biopic, “Selma,” is about more than one man; it’s about a community. more
This just in: “ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) is just as funny as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” (2004) more
The frightening proposition that is Alzheimer’s disease is conveyed with admirable authenticity and clear-eyed compassion in the melancholy medical melodrama, “Still Alice” (2014). more
This provocative portrait of an Iraq War legend is up to director Clint Eastwood’s already high standards. more
As overwhelmingly sad as the subject matter is, the film's imprint is not only life-affirming but, almost miraculously, hopeful as well.  more
We already know that he's a charismatic and magnetic movie star. But with this lead performance, he should officially join the ranks of our top screen actors. more
A documentary about dancers auditioning for a musical about dancers auditioning for a musical.  And it's magical and not only toe-tapping but improbably, overwhelmingly moving. more
Can a movie be any more pleasurable than this one? As the final credits roll, it will seem impossible. more
By the time “Sunshine Cleaning” gets to cleanup time, you realize that it's been an original and touching drama. Okay, dramedy. Dark dramedy. more
Be careful what you wish for. Who knows what they're spraying on that allegedly greener grass? That's the lesson learned by the title character in the animated cautionary adventure, … more
Ah, Beltway politics: the political stimulus, the journalistic response, and the big-business muddying of the waters. more
‘I Love You, Man” is a smart and highly entertaining bromantic comedy.  I liked it, man. more
“Oceans” (2010) is an ecological documentary, the English-language version of a French-Spanish-Swiss co-production narrated by Pierce Brosnan, that examines the watery two-thirds of our planet. more
A romantic-triangle drama in which Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled thirtysomething, heartbroken from a recent breakup, with bipolar disorder and suicidal tendencies, who suddenly finds himself juggling two new romances. more
It's a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay with sprocket holes. And real insight.    It's a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay … more
“Phoebe in Wonderland” (2008) boasts three splendid performances by a trio of gifted actresses. And one of them is — that is, was — a 10-year-old. more
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