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10 Movies Guaranteed to Induce or Solace a Feb 14 Breakup
February 11, 2011 – 11:51 am | No Comment
10 Movies Guaranteed to Induce or Solace a Feb 14 Breakup

by Richard von Busack
I AM the man who thought it would be a dandy idea to take a shy, ballet-loving high school girl to Papillon. “It means ‘Butterfly’! A charming Gallic farce!” By the film …

The Eagle
February 9, 2011 – 6:52 pm | No Comment
The Eagle

by Richard von Busack
IT IS hard to judge today’s audiences, but possibly they’re in less of a mood for imperial adventure than they have been in decades. The Eagle is not in the kind of …

The Housemaid
February 5, 2011 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
The Housemaid

by Richard von Busack
FEEL LIKE a little class warfare? Pervy, sarcastic, frequently mean for the fun of it, the Korean import The Housemaid by Im-Sang soo is satisfyingly dirty. It’s remade from a 1960 black-and-white …

The Rite
January 28, 2011 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
The Rite

by Richard von Busack
That girl-power answer to St. Michael, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) once described something that “gave her the wig,” ventriloquist dummies. The rest of the show’s cast leaned in expectantly, …

No Strings Attached
January 27, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment
No Strings Attached

by Richard von Busack
Some two years ago, it must have been thought that the phenomena of sleepover friendship was going to be the next frontier in the rom-com. In this crowded field (Love and Other …

Biutiful
January 25, 2011 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
Biutiful

By Richard von Busack
It may get the Oscar for best foreign film, but it’s first award is for most depressing director; swiping the crown of thorns from Gaspar Noé’s brow is Alfonso González Iñárritu (Babel, …

2011 OscarTM Nominees: the scores and the bores
January 25, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
2011 OscarTM Nominees: the scores and the bores

by Richard von Busack
The Oscar nominee list is out very early this AM, and the leader of the pack is The King’s Speech (my review here) a surprisingly un-Masterpiece Theater style drama of royal healing.
Heading …

The Green Hornet
January 13, 2011 – 7:45 pm | No Comment
The Green Hornet

by Richard von Busack
A movie about a slouchy superhero didn’t have to be a slouchy movie, but The Green Hornet is thoroughly slouchy work. Even the main villain (played by Christopher Waltz of Inglourious Basterds) …

Blue Valentine
January 6, 2011 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Blue Valentine

By Richard von Busack
The mood of Blue Valentine is like the Dave Alvin song “Fourth of July” set to film. It’s July 3 for a working couple in Scranton, PA.: Cindy (Michelle Williams) is a …

10 by Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)
January 3, 2011 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off
10 by Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

(as King Lear, in 2008)
The rumbling, knob-nosed, rough-looking Pete Postlethwaite, who died yesterday, was the kind of integral character actor who could always rest assured that his ten minutes of a movie would be sensational. …

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