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IN A BETTER WORLD Movie Review

What if Crash (2004) had been good? You might find yourself asking yourself this question after you see Susanne Bier’s Academy Award-winning IN A BETTER WORLD. And you really should see it. Featuring two...

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WINTER IN WARTIME Movie Review

If you think war movies are at their most affecting when they narrow their scope significantly, focusing on a single event and its repercussions, rather than explaining strategy and re-enacting great battles, the Dutch...

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CRACKS Movie Review

Think Dead Poets Society with girls. Only, Miss G. ain’t no Mr. Keating, and unfortunately, director Jordan Scott (daughter of Ridley) ain’t no Peter Weir. Not yet, anyway. CRACKS is set in a 1930s...

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BLACK DEATH Movie Review

BLACK DEATH is a movie you ought to avoid like… well, if not like the plague, at least like a nasty head cold. A film whose pedigree rests on perennial supporting cast member Sean...

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I SAW THE DEVIL Movie Review

Revenge is a dish best served wet. This seems to be the message Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon wants us to glean from the shock-violence of I SAW THE DEVIL. The wet part is, of...

THE OTHER WOMAN Movie Review

THE OTHER WOMAN Movie Review

THE OTHER WOMAN was adapted from the novel “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” by Ayelet Waldman. This fact is worth mentioning up front, because in any film adaptation of a novel inevitably there will...

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WAITING FOR FOREVER Movie Review

I suppose it can be fun to see a bad movie. Something that just doesn’t hit the mark, and is unintentionally funny, like “Leprechaun 2,” or “Battlefield Earth,” or “Avatar.” (ok, I’m kind of...

THE MECHANIC movie

THE MECHANIC Movie Review

What do you expect from an action movie? Guns? Check. Cars? Check (sort of). Hottie? Um, check (thank you, supermodel Mini Anden). Death? Check check check check check check check check check check check...

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THE WAY BACK Movie Review

Peter Weir is an amazing filmmaker. How else can you sum up the breadth and quality of movies as diverse in tone and scope as “The Year of Living Dangerously,” “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,”...