Beasts of the Southern Wild review

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Directed by Ben ZeitlinWritten by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, adapted from Alibar's play Juicy and DeliciousBeasts of the Southern Wild arrives at the local art house cinema anointed by glowing reviews from folks like the Times' AO Scott and awards from Sundance and Cannes. There's no doubt in my mind it heralds the arrival of…Read More

Revisiting the Bourne Trilogy

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I decided to rewatch the immensely popular and influential Universal Pictures action franchise this weekend because it's relaunched August 10 with The Bourne Legacy.I say "relaunch" because it's not just another sequel—the director of the second and third film, Paul Greengrass, chose not to return, as did the star, Matt Damon—and I wouldn't call it…Read More

The Dark Knight Rises review

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Directed by Christopher NolanWritten by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan andDavid S. Goyer. Batman was created by Bob Kane in DC Comics.And so it ends, eh? When Christopher Nolan was handed the reins to the pointy-eared vigilante franchise and Batman Begins came out in 2005, the character could only go…Read More

Christopher Nolan’s Statement

Thanks to The Vulture for this, which was run on Friday. Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of "The Dark Knight Rises," I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the…Read More

The Amazing Spider-Man review

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Directed by Marc Webb Written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves from a story by Vanderbilt and comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. This film really should credit John Romita, too, because as my friend Dave Howlett remarked, Emma Stone is the spitting image of that legendary Marvel artist's Gwen Stacey, right…Read More

Brave review

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Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve PurcellWritten by Andrews, Chapman, Purcell and Irene Mecchi, from a story by ChapmanIf you'll excuse the mixed metaphor, the multitude of cooks in the writing pantry along with tales of changing horses in mid-race in the directorial department brought atypical negative buzz to this Pixar joint in…Read More