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727 – The Family (***)


The Family, a dazzling, profane, hilarious mob film from Luc Besson, includes – I am not kidding – a great performance by Robert De Niro, an actor who, for the better part of a decade has made plenty of paycheck … Continue reading

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The only Oscars picks you’ll ever need, probably


Oh, yes. Here it is. The moment one of us has been waiting for: my Oscar picks! This seems like a good time to point out that we do have polls still running. I’ll close them shortly before the show … Continue reading

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Best Supporting Actor Poll


Pretty good choices here, but isn’t it funny how Hoffman gets a supporting nod for The Master when his character was, in fact, The Master? Either way, I hope he doesn’t win. These posts are kinda like this one: Best … Continue reading

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690 – Lincoln (****)


Can anyone truly be surprised that Lincoln, starring the gifted Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, is an out-of-the-park, instant classic? The movie was destined for success as soon as those two signed on, and do they ever deliver. … Continue reading

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643 – Men in Black III (***)


A significant upgrade over part II (yes, I know I liked it, shush), Men in Black III offers a plausible plot, the usual engaging performances from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and awesome-looking aliens. It’s a keeper. This time … Continue reading

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638 – Captain America: The First Avenger (***)


I admit that I don’t know what to make of this, that there’s been a run of comic-book movies that have managed to be plausible and thrilling, not cheap knockoffs rushed out to exploit a fad. Captain America: The First … Continue reading

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The greatest movies of the Aughts, I say!


Updated on December 6, 2009 That’s this decade we’re in now, the decade no one could name. Best of the decade time! This is an alphabetical list, since ranking the movies by greatness was too tough for me. Movies that … Continue reading

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Cuba Gooding, Jr.? Cmon, you people. Srsly.


So we’ve moved onto round 2 of our quest to find the best Best Supporting Actor of the past 16 years. You guys spoke, all 10-12 of you. Below are your eight winners. I reseeded them all based on the … Continue reading

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It’s time for the Best Best Supporting Actor Tourney!


So since the Best Best Supporting Actress tournament was such a success (read: a dismal failure), I’m going to supplement it with the Best Best Supporting Actor tournament. It’s important that we, all ten of us or so, determine who … Continue reading

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375 – In the Valley of Elah


Retired soldier Tommy Lee Jones learns his son, just back from Iraq, has gone AWOL, and he searches in vain for him, running up against resistance from both the Army and, at least initially, the local police. But unlike most … Continue reading

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Oscars 2008


Apparently, it’s been a bit of a down year for movies. There wasn’t anything as subversive as, say, Little Children or as maniacal as Notes from a Scandal. In fact, I think voters had to reach this year in order … Continue reading

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360 – No Country for Old Men


Mysterious and elusive, provocative and disturbing, No Country for Old Men is the finest Coen Brothers film to date. It’s got the profane violence of Blood Simple, the wry wit of Raising Arizona, and the tight plotting of Fargo – … Continue reading

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Son of 1995 blurbs


(Originally published spring 1995 in The Gleaner of Rutgers University-Camden.) Airheads: This could have been a fun one. Three dimwitted metalheads are desperate to have their demo tape played on the radio, so they take over a station armed with … Continue reading

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154 – The Missing


Cate Blanchett is a tough-as-nails frontierwoman whose significant other (Aaron Eckhart) is slain and whose eldest daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by a savage tribe in 19th-century New Mexico. Reluctantly, Maggie Gilkerson (Blanchett) must ask her long-estranged father Samuel … Continue reading

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130 – Men in Black II


Sure, there’s a Roman numeral appended to this movie, and we all know what that means. It means someone decided to eke some more cash from the first movie in a series. Which is not in itself such a nasty, … Continue reading

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