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Getaway

Getaway

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | Any B-level chase movie worth its celluloid has several essential ingredients. Take Getaway . Morally ambiguous yet sympathetic protagonist? Check. Pretty girl?

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | If Oprah Winfrey stars in your movie, then it must be a “very important” film. Not since Beloved in 1998 has Oprah appeared on camera as anyone but herself,

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

By Michael Leaser
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Documentary | Self-deception has too often been a gateway to committing and living with atrocities. Rarely has a truth been as painfully documented as in director Joshua…

Monsters University

Monsters University

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | For 15 years, Pixar Animation Studios could do little wrong. Every film it released was a critical and box office success that appealed almost as much to…

Copperhead

Copperhead

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | After directing two epic Civil War films in Gettysburg and Gods and Generals , Ron Maxwell with Copperhead narrows his focus to a small community in upstate New York…

Sci-fi cotton candy

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | Star Trek into Darkness offers a fun summer diversion but in the end will leave you unsatisfied

To the Wonder

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | If impressionistic filmmaking ever gets a patron saint, his name might be Terrence Malick. Sparse dialogue, nonlinear narratives, and visually breathtaking…

The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

By Michael Leaser
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Documentary | The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has generated more than its share of war-weary, soul-drained participants, including several former directors of Shin Bet,

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | A romantic zombie dramedy may not sit well with some, but for those willing to endure the zombies-eating-people scenes, Warm Bodies offers a surprisingly…

Amour

Amour

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | Amour is the first foreign-language film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination in six years, and it admirably showcases the deep and tender love forged by…

Red Dawn

Red Dawn

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | Moviegoers will be hard-pressed to find a more unabashedly pro-American film this year than Red Dawn , even with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln sharing screens with…

Fluff Pi

By Michael Leaser
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Movies | Life of Pi is artistically solid, but it reduces religion to storytelling at the expense of truth

 
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