Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

I'm Here & Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

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By Armond White Almost a hundred years ago, short story paragon O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi,” a poignant and penetrating love story that was as much a religious allegory as a penetrating commentary on industrial age values. Spike Jonze’s new short film “I’m Here” joins that tradition. Its romance between robots quirkily [&hellip
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Consumed by Youth

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Two new films—Never Let Me Go and Easy A—both incorrectly translate adolescence to the screen By Armond White As long as Never Let Me Go focuses on the adolescent yearnings of boarding school mates Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley), it seems a uniquely sensitive coming-of-age fable. The trio’s innocent confusion [&hellip
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The American

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By Armond White For one brief moment, The American becomes a true thriller when George Clooney, playing an enigmatic assassin, stakes out a new assignment in Italy and encounters Filippo Timi (who played the mesmerizing figment of Benito Mussolini in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere). Here, Timi—the actor of the year—projects another fully imagined life: a wary [&hellip
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Hideaway (Le Refuge)

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By Armond White At the heart of François Ozon’s Hideaway (Le Refuge)—the story of Mousse (Isabelle Carré), who goes to the country in the final months of expecting a child and takes in the late-father’s brother Paul (Louis-Ronan Choisy)—director Ozon asks an excellent question: What do a pregnant woman and a gay man have in [&hellip
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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

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By Armond White The Hollywood precedent for one great director remaking another’s work starts with Fritz Lang refashioning both Jean Renoir’s La Chienne and La Bête Humaine into, respectively, Scarlet Street and Human Desire—turning art into entertainment. Now Zhang Yimou remakes the Coen Brothers’ debut film Blood Simple into A Woman, a Gun and a [&hellip
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Takers

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By Armond White Takers has a Brother vibe that only partly has to do with most of its dapper bank robber cast being African American. Co-producing rap artists and stars, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Chris Brown, make vivid use of the crime movie genre’s social significance, which lackadaisical film commentators have mostly ignored. Takers accents [&hellip
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Centurion

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By Armond White Why make a genre movie—any movie, really—without inspiration? Neil Marshall, the director of the horror film The Descent, now comes up with another late genre entry: his imagination evident in the redundant antiquity battle tale’s title, Centurion. Shadowed by Zack Snyder’s fascinating 300, Marshall adds nothing new to the basic plot, least [&hellip
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Mesrine: Killer Instinct & Public Enemy No. 1

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By Armond White Killer Instinct, the first of the two-part French gangster film Mesrine, finally opens in the U.S. following a highly praised home turf reception. But it also has the misfortune of coming right after the Anthology Film Archives’ compelling William Lustig program of crime movies and what Variety calls “actioners,” where zero-prestige works [&hellip
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