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Icy Movies for Cold Nights

Films that embrace the frozen winter weather.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Dec 2,2009 - But we all know winter ain’t like that. How come no one onscreen is ever keeling over from a heart attack after shoveling heavy snow for four hours?

Film Reviews

2012

Apocalypses Now: 2012 is exhausting, multi-orgasmic destructo porn.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Nov 11,2009 - 2012 isn’t really a movie; it’s more like director/FX-mad wannabe supervillain Roland Emmerich calling out every other disaster film that has come before, including his own ...

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Scary Halloween Movies

Creep Shows: A few Halloween movie suggestions for genuine heebie-jeebie moments.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 21,2009 - But Halloween, to me, isn't about "scary," it's about "creepy." Scares make you jump out of your seat and scream, but then they're gone. The creeps stay with you forever...

Film Reviews

A Serious Man

Schmucks Happen: Coen Brothers tap their youth to further challenge audiences.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 21,2009 - It's hard to know sometimes whether the Coen brothers are ... well, not exactly pulling our collective leg, because it's pretty clear that they're authentically earnest with all their films ...

Film Reviews

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Lack Magic: An appealing premise turns to inoffensive fantasy.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 21,2009 - John C. Reilly as a vampire? How can that not be funny? And it is funny, in a gentler, more unassuming way than you might expect from screenwriters Paul Weitz and Brian Helgeland, who've individually ...

Film Reviews

The Boys Are Back

Daddy Issues: The Boys Are Back rings with truth with nary a cliche.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 14,2009 - The magnetic masculine energy of Clive Owen--which has always worked so well to endear him to us even when he's playing a sleazeball or a murderer--operates in reverse in The Boys Are Back.

Film Reviews

The Informant!

Funny Business: Corporate malfeasance gets funny-weird and funny-ha-ha in The Informant!

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - Ah, I finally figured out why I’d had it in my head—after seeing trailers and TV ads—that The Informant! was a Coen Brothers movie ...

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Hooked on Classicals

Movies have helped feed a love of classical music.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Sep 9,2009 - I love classical movies. That’s right, not classic movies: classical movies.

Film Reviews

Taking Woodstock

Some Kind of Wonderful: Taking Woodstock satisfyingly indulges the legendary event’s idealistic vision

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - Maybe it’s totally not true that Woodstock was totally awesome. Maybe it really was just a bunch of smelly, unwashed hippies getting high and ending up naked, slathered in mud and not even able to hear all the music.

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Over the Moon

Celebrate a landmark event’s anniversary with some of the movies it inspired.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jul 29,2009 - People walked on the moon. Walked on the moon. It sounds like science fiction, but it's history—40-yearsgone history. Outside the living memory of many, many people now alive ...
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