Posts Tagged ‘Film’

ROUGH TRADE

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First, it’s got a great title. Quantum of Solace is worthy of the best Bond movie labels (From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Octopussy) because it transfers the series’ familiar sexual innuendo into droll morality. When we last left Daniel Craig’s hostile, spiteful 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale, he was [&hellip
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WAVING THEIR WANDS

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To say that the Harry Potter fans documented in We Are Wizards have piggybacked on J.K. Rowling’s success to create their own careers may not be the most generous observation, but it’s true nonetheless. These are not the rabid fans that would dress in costume before camping out in front of bookstores, waiting for the [&hellip
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FINE MALE ROLE MODELS

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Role Models looks like another of those comedies about boorish males that threaten to turn American cineplexes into frat houses or romper rooms. Critics don’t fight this Judd Apatow contagion because its symptoms (loud laughs and big box-office) suggest a cultural juggernaut. The New Yorker’s attempt to turn Knocked Up into a modern avatar of [&hellip
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TACTICAL RETREAT

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There I was: Ten minutes before midnight this past Saturday at a packed downtown multiplex auditorium, right before the coming attractions to Saw V, and not one pair of seats could be found together. Any way you sliced it, it was a lose-lose situation. Anyone else might have sucked it up and sat down, but [&hellip
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TEEN SMART

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Four teams vie for Student Union president in Frontrunners, a documentary about the competitive nature of Stuyvesant High, New York’s top-ranked public school. (Only 3 percent of 25,000 yearly applicants gain admission.) Director Caroline Suh looks at each ticket (headed by drama student Hannah Freiman, jock Alex Leonard, debonair Mike Zaytsev and cagey George Zisiadis) [&hellip
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THE BEE WORD

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That’s the question director Gina Prince-Bythewood poses in her adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, which is based on a novel that rips off the female-empowerment angle of The Color Purple. Prince-Bythewood, who directed the 1999 romance Love and Basketball, may have intended a showcase for strong black screen actresses, but she neglected to [&hellip
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CYNICAL SELL-OUTS

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Bad movies beget worse ones. That’s the lesson of What Just Happened, a behind-the-scenes Hollywood spoof from Barry Levinson, director of the unbelievably overrated Wag the Dog. At least back in 1992, Levinson’s script was by David Mamet, someone with few ideas about film industry venality and how to construct political satire. Now Levinson’s way [&hellip
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HOW TO ALIENATE NO ONE BUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL'S FANS

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By some bizarre alchemy, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Toby Young’s 2001 acid-penned letter to New York media based on his experiences at Vanity Fair, has been translated to the screen as a Judd Apatow romantic comedy crossed with The Devil Wears Prada. Completely fictionalizing Young’s memoir, How to Lose Friends now presents [&hellip
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READY TO ROLL

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Guy Ritchie didn’t make the mistake of putting his wife Madonna in RocknRolla; but his latest gangster film queers a sense of Macho to match Madonna’s sense of Slut. Hopefully, Ritchie’s fantasy won’t roll back human progress; but this time it’s shaped an unexpectedly enjoyable movie. RocknRolla joins badass folderol to bad-boy (adolescent) distress. Ritchie’s [&hellip
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