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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
February 17, 2010 – 6:22 pm | No Comment
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

by Richard von Busack
THEY WERE called the Pentagon Papers: a 7,000-page document compiled by the RAND Corporation. They were meant to provide a euphemism-free account of how America got entangled in Vietnam’s civil war. The …

The North Face
February 16, 2010 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
The North Face

by Richard von Busack
ONE NEEDED Werner Herzog for North Face; one got Philipp Stölzl, a former music-video director whose next effort is titled Goethe! (The exclamation point doesn’t bode well.) Stölzl has to subject this …

35 Shots of Rum
February 11, 2010 – 10:54 pm | No Comment

More a luminous artwork than a movie, Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum is a story about a cluster of people connected to the transportation industry. It’s a small world of the sidelined and the …

The Wolfman
February 11, 2010 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
IT’S NOT a perfect film, but The Wolfman is a loving remake, done by people who understood the romance, pathos and torment of Curt Siodmak’s original 1941 film. This new animal has …

44 Inch Chest
February 8, 2010 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

44 Inch Chest
by Richard von Busack
Louis Mellis and David Scinto (of Sexy Beast) here have a dark-comic script is clearly about actors interacting with one another. The debuting director, Malcolm Venville, copes well with …

The Last Station
February 2, 2010 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
ONE SEEKS the truth; one cherishes idealism. And yet truth and idealism make uncomfortable bedfellows. The problem of Leo Tolstoy’s end is scoped out in Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station, based on …

Fish Tank
February 1, 2010 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

By Richard von Busack
While Fish Tank is a film about the kind of people who name their dog after a brand of lager, there isn’t an ounce of patronization in it. Director Andrea Arnold’s film …

Edge of Darkness
February 1, 2010 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
Absorbing in the way that being in a bad mood is absorbing, Edge of Darkness can leave you with something like the malaise that comes with the onset of a 48-hour bug. …

The White Ribbon
January 22, 2010 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
EVEN THE TITLES for The White Ribbon inform us of director Michael Haneke’s rigor: tiny type, white on black, lingers onscreen to try to get us used to the slower tempo of …

Tooth Fairy
January 22, 2010 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
Tooth Fairy
(PG; 101 min.) It might rekindle your child’s faith in the tooth fairy, but it won’t do their faith in the movies any good. Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock, stars as …

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