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“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” reviewed

One word describes the tone, setting, and pacing of David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larson’s wildly popular novel, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” That word is glacial. Its portrait of modern Sweden is bleak and bitterly cold, its story is sad and sordid, and its opening and closing scenes are extremely distended. Will fans […]

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“We Bought a Zoo,” reviewed

What happened to Cameron Crowe? This is the guy that made two of the greatest movies of my lifetime — “Almost Famous” and “Say Anything…” — and wrote maybe the greatest high school movie of anyone’s lifetime, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Now he returns to fiction filmmaking six years after the underwhelming “Elizabethtown” with […]

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Will Ferrell’s “Casa De Mi Padre” has an official teaser and release date

Back in April, we shared the first, vaguely bootleg-y trailer for “Casa De Mi Padre,” the upcoming Will Ferrell project notable for the fact that the entire film was made in Spanish (yes, that includes Ferrell’s parts too). And then, for months and months, nada. We didn’t even have an official release date. The film […]

“Corman’s World,” reviewed (photo)

“Corman’s World,” reviewed

Producer/director/schlockmeister Roger Corman famously made over a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime, in part because he never financed stuff like “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.” That’s not to say this documentary about the maverick drive-in movie maven’s life is bad; on the contrary, it’s a breezy, informative ninety minutes […]

“Carnage,” reviewed (photo)

“Carnage,” reviewed

A version of this review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2011 New York Film Festival. Nobody makes a trapped-in-a-house-slowly-going-insane movie quite like Roman Polanski. You’ve got “Repulsion,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Tenant,” “The Ghost Writer,” and now “Carnage,” the first out-and-out comedy of the bunch. The film, based on the Tony Award-winning […]

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “Certified Copy” (photo)

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “Certified Copy”

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 is a column with one simple goal: to help you decide what films you need to see before making your end of the year top ten list. Each installment features my thoughts on a critically acclaimed 2011 movie, a sampling of other critics’ reactions, the odds of the film making […]

The 2012 Golden Globe nominees (photo)

The 2012 Golden Globe nominees

The Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards what AAA baseball is to the major leagues, or what the Nationwide Series is to the Sprint Cup, or what the Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards: an important stepping stone on the way to the big time. They’re also a good show for watching movie […]

“The Expendables 2” teaser is anything but disposable (photo)

“The Expendables 2” teaser is anything but disposable

They’re baaaaaaaaaack. Everyone’s favorite gang of lovable hired killers, The Expendables, returns to theaters next summer in “The Expendables 2.” Doesn’t look like the movie has a subtitle; personally, I would have gone with “The Expendables 2: Expend Harder.” Maybe a sequel’s no surprise with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cast; that dude’s always threatening to […]

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “The Descendants” (photo)

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “The Descendants”

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 is a column with one simple goal: to help you decide what films you need to see before making your end of the year top ten list. Each installment features my thoughts on a critically acclaimed 2011 movie, a sampling of other critics’ reactions, the odds of the film making […]

“‘Crank 3’ is going to happen,” says director Mark Neveldine (photo)

“‘Crank 3’ is going to happen,” says director Mark Neveldine

You guys don’t need to get me a present for my birthday (*coughDecember23cough*) anymore. I already got everything I wanted. That’s because Mark Neveldine — one half of the brilliant writing/directing tandem Neveldine/Taylor” — told Empire that “Crank 3” — the second sequel to “Crank,” a.k.a. one of the best action movies of the last […]