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Never Let Me Go

Ordinary People: Never Let Me Go shows an alternate world where no one understands its horrors.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 15,2010 - There’s something more eerie than dystopia: a dystopia in which no one understands they’re living in a dystopia ...

Film Reviews

Get Low

Wake Up: Get Low’s risky tale of forgiveness mostly pays off.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 27,2010 - I suppose Aaron Schneider knows a thing or two about how to make a cold, gray, stark wintry movie look even more Great Depression-y ...

DVDs

Vintage TV Classics on DVD

Hooked on Classics: When vintage TV shows finally hit DVD, do they hold up to our memories?

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 25,2010 - It’s been almost a quarter of a century since Max Headroom—the visionary 1987-1988 ABC science-fiction series—graced TV screens, but my memories of it have never faded...

Film Reviews

Nanny McPhee Returns

Spoonfuls of Sugar: Nanny McPhee Returns is a bright, silly kindergarten comedy with a lesson.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 20,2010 - Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a frazzled mom, and her young children (Asa Butterfield, Lil Woods and Oscar Steer) are a handful ...

Film Reviews

The Expendables

Bad Shakespeare: The bad-ass cast of The Expendables sells it—if only just barely.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 13,2010 - “Bad Shakespeare,” one badass notes with a sad shake of his head. It’s the perfect phrase for the manly male melodrama that passes for character here ...

Film Reviews

Salt

Tasty Spy Stuff: Salt is pure, dumb summer-movie fun.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jul 23,2010 - "Angelina Jolie is a Russian spy! Or maybe not!" I know Hollywood is creatively bankrupt, but c'mon ...

Film Reviews

I Am Love

I Am Woman, Hear Me Whimper: I Am Love is ravishingly pretty, melodramatic crap.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jul 2,2010 - Tilda Swinton, playing the matriarch of a ridiculously wealthy Milan family, has sex with a man who is not her husband ... and she likes it ...

DVDs

16 Villainous Oil Company Movies

Black Crude, Black Moo: Anger at the Gulf oil catastrophe isn’t mellowed by movies about petro-malevolence.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 28,2010 - Blowout preventer—that sounds pretty good right about now. Not for the crack at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that’s spewing oil, but for me ...

Film Reviews

Robin Hood

We Wuz Robbed: Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood can’t deliver promise of a story behind the legend.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // May 12,2010 - How can it be that my geeky little heart has been ripped from my chest and my geeky little soul crushed underfoot like so much spilled popcorn on the floor of the multiplex?

DVDs

Super Actors Make Super Heroes

The performers behind the masks make comic-book movies soar.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // May 12,2010 - Explosions! Super-powered fisticuffs! Cool sci-fi gadgets! Caped flight! That’s all the appeal of comic-book action movies is about—right? Everyone knows that. Don’t they?
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