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To Murrow, To Murrow

George Clooney crafts a slick paean to hard-nosed journalism in Good Night, and Good Luck.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s a big fat moral to Good Night, and Good Luck, a bold-faced cautionary analogy about journalism, ethics and flag-wrapped zealotry, but that’s actually the worst reason to watch director George Clooney’s blissfully spare retelling...

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Tragically Hip

The Devil and Daniel Johnston tells the sad story of a troubled hipster icon.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If you’re mentally ill, you must beware the hipster, for he wants to make you his mascot. If you’ve got a half-crippling neurosis or an insurmountable brain hurdle, yet you’re also cogent enough to create art without irony, the hipster...

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The Wages of Spin

Thank You for Smoking turns the politics of moral relativism into smart satire.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Nobody really smokes in Thank You for Smoking, director Jason Reitman’s ambitious satire of spin-doctoring and media manipulation centered on the cigarette industry and its apologists. Robert Duvall, playing an imperious, julep-swilling Old South...

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The Faculty

Teens with great hair save the world in The Faculty.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Somehow, you?ve always known it would come down to this: High school kids will have to save the world. It?ll be up to the youth, the shining future of America, to save our conformist hides from the monsters. It?s inevitable, in a way; it?s the end product...

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Heir of the Dogme

Why can’t we all make culturally ignorant art movies like Dear Wendy?

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - I’m thinking about making a movie about Denmark. Sure, I’m not Danish, I’ve never been to Denmark and I’ve never actually met any Danes except for a guy who once gave me directions to Arsenal’s soccer stadium in London and...

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Plot Holes

Transamerica’s gender-bending performance could use a little story.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - So many recent movies with Sundance heritage'either actual or just ideological'are basically a performance in search of a story. First-time writer-directors seem to have a particular bent for building overwrought dramas, heist capers or the old reliable...

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Art Knock Life

Show biz again shows it’s not inherently compelling in The Dying Gaul.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Whether it’s movies about moviemaking, plays about playwrights or rap singles about how tough it is to be a rap star, entertainment about entertainment has always made my head ache. I just can’t stand the blithe assumption that an artist’s...

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Hoosier Daddy

A reliable sports-movie template is the father of Glory Road.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - People have been trying to make the next Hoosiers for two decades now, but not everybody can figure out why that 1986 paean to small-town virtues, inflexible coaching and the purest jump shot in basketball history is still more fun than almost any sports...

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Stiff Upper Nips

Mrs. Henderson Presents merely adds bare breasts to tired tales of wartime Brits.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There are certain areas, figures and epochs in human history that are just about tapped, cinematically speaking. I’m not talking about romantic comedies or heist pictures, which hopefully will be made in perpetuity, but several specific subgenres...

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Still Dead

Match Point can’t deliver the latest attempt at a Woody Allen “resurrection”.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Woody Allen fans are like evangelicals eagerly awaiting the Second Coming'only their god is still technically here. A full half-dozen times since 1998, we’ve been told Allen’s newest film is his return to relevance after an epic decline. Woody...
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