Tag Archives: Movies – 2011

Mutilated mutandis: Margaret

Maybe Fox Searchlight won after all: anyone who cares about Margaret will buy the recently released Blu Ray and watch the 180-minute cut. For the rest of us who haven’t seen it (yet), I’ll trust what Hans Morganstern wrote about … Continue reading

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The plague years: We Were Here

A shattering portrait of lives ravaged by the AIDS epidemic during a period when federal dollars were short and misguided fears long, the documentary We Were Here clarifies for the young (i.e. anyone like me born after, say, 1970) how … Continue reading

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Blood makes noise: Coriolanus

Playing Voldemort has done wonders for Ralph Fiennes’ acting. No longer burdened with projecting warmth, for which he has neither talent nor forbearance, he can concentrate on the lethal hatred he can squeeze out of his impenetrable blue eyes. Making … Continue reading

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Female trouble: Pariah

Although like most coming-out movies the imaginative conceptions are hardly compensatory once the autobiographical material is consumed, Pariah is worth watching for the milieu and the wide-awake performance of young Adepero Oduye (the title is its most histrionic element).  A … Continue reading

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A crying shame

The sort of movie for which lazy writing exists. Let’s list the adjectives: “devastating,” “frank,” “raw,” and, my favorite, “Dantean.” The second movie in which Michael Fassbender offers his flesh to director Steve McQueen’s fetishization, Shame shows a New York … Continue reading

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Cruising: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise wears a mustache and speaks Boris Badunov Russian, destroys a quarter of the Kremlin, climbs skyscrapers like Spider Man, remembers to wear wraparound sunglasses through a sandstorm in Dubai, and shares a car with a grim Jeremy Renner … Continue reading

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A girl in trouble: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A bearded, obese lech is tortured in the nude. Daniel Craig scowls at scraps of paper with writing on them; Stellan Skarsgård, wearing impeccable sweaters and drinking red wine, wanly smiles as if at a joke he won’t share. As … Continue reading

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Middle-aged angst has paid off well: Melancholia

Almond-eyed ad rep Justine (Kirsten Dunst) turns into the white-winged dove of Stevie Nicks’ fantasies when Earth’s imminent collision with an undiscovered blue planet threatens her marriage to a colorless hunk (Alexander Skarsgard). Writer-director Lars Von Trier, whose fetish for … Continue reading

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I can’t stand’em: The Artist

Now that The Artist has joined the pantheon of bores, Glenn Kenny tries to destroy a popular canard: I understand that everyone’s kind of sick of yammering on about the relative assets and liabilities of The Artist, but I have … Continue reading

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Terms of mistreatment: 50/50

Directed by Jonathan Levine from a script based on true life by Will Reiser, 50/50 is the sort of movie in which scenes gleam like newly minted clichés. A morning scene between Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, henceforth known as JGL) and … Continue reading

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Method to his madness: A Dangerous Method

The immediate pleasure offered by A Dangerous Method is literate dialogue. Adapting his own play, Christopher Hampton makes Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) not a pillar so much as a stalk of rectitude and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) a droll ironist … Continue reading

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Hope and deranged: The Ides of March

In which sandpapery-voiced political consultant Steve Meyers (Ryan Gosling) realizes that the Democratic governor and candidate for president (George Clooney) is a louse, and, as a bonus, realizes that he’s a louse too. That’s all that’s at stake in what … Continue reading

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