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A Prophet

Criminal Education: A Prophet tells a bitter, riveting prison story.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 31,2010 - We never learn why 19-year-old Malik (newcomer Tahar Rahim) has been sentenced to six years in a French prison ...

DVDs

Roku streams movies to your TV

Stream On: Roku, Netflix and Amazon present the brave new world of movies delivered straight to your TV.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 24,2010 - I've been a Roku user for almost a year, and it's edging so darn close to my dream— and I love it so much—that once in a while, I get frustrated that it isn't actually closer...

Film Reviews

Green Zone

Mass Distraction: Hollywood-washed Green Zone refuses to name actual villains.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 10,2010 - Spoiler alert! Jason Bourne does not find the WMDs in Iraq. Sorry to ruin Green Zone for you, but surely already CNN did that years ago ...

Film Reviews

Brooklyn's Finest

Law & Disorder: Brooklyn's Finest avoids a black-and-white portrayal of New York’s men in blue.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 3,2010 - Is it because I’m a New Yorker myself that I am generally enthralled by tales of the NYPD?

Film Reviews

Cop Out

Sell Out: Cop Out is a cheap betrayal of Kevin Smith and his fans.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 24,2010 - Shame on Silent Bob. I realize that times are tough and everyone’s gotta make a living, and that that’s probably why Kevin Smith agreed to direct a big-budget studio buddy action comedy ...

Film Reviews

Shutter Island

Crazy Like a Schlock: Scorsese is as crazy does in Shutter Island.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 17,2010 - I kinda can’t believe that everyone involved in Shutter Island thought they could get away with this. Have they not seen the 943 other thriller-in-an-asylum movies?

Film Reviews

The Wolfman

Untrue Grue: There’s no fog so thick that can conceal the emotional emptiness of The Wolfman.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 10,2010 - The metallic tang of blood is all over the elegant facade of The Wolfman, a mysteriously disappointing remake of the classic 1941 Universal horror flick ...

DVDs

Girls Just Wanna Play Sports

The film industry still doesn’t seem to think sports movies can be for— or about—women.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 3,2010 - Whip It arrived on DVD on Jan. 26. What’s that? You’ve never heard of Whip It? It’s a film about women doing something other than fretting about babies...

Film Reviews

A Single Man

Sad, Pretty Pictures: Tom Ford should have let the grim beauty of A Single Man speak for itself.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - It’s a good thing first-time director Tom Ford—yes, the fashion designer—cast Colin Firth as the lead in A Single Man ...

Film Reviews

Brothers

Home Front: Brothers finds the compelling drama in men returning from war.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Dec 2,2009 - The drama we see unfolding here is not unique and isolated, but represents the stress fractures pulling apart many military families...
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