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The Ice Storm: Criterion Collection

March 14, 2008

 The Ice Storm: Criterion Collection

Director Ang Lee has had a fascinatingly diverse career. He’s tried his hand at the literary adaptation with Sense and Sensibility (1995), the Civil War epic with Ride with the Devil (1999), a period martial arts tale with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... 

Dan in Real Life

March 12, 2008

 Dan in Real Life

While it’s true that many “serious” actors try their hand at comedy (or, in the case of Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro, make a career out of it), it is equally true that many comedic actors want to be taken seriously. Some, like Bill Murray and... 

Things We Lost in the Fire

March 10, 2008

 Things We Lost in the Fire

The dreaded Oscar curse affects so many actors who win one of those golden statuettes. For some reason, after they win an Academy Award their choices in film roles is simply awful. Just look at what Kevin Spacey and Nicolas Cage have done since they won... 

No Country for Old Men

March 7, 2008

 No Country for Old Men

After two lackluster efforts – the bland romantic comedy, Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and the unnecessary remake of The Ladykillers (2004) – the Coen brothers return to form with a vengeance with No Country for Old Men (2007). Even though it is an... 

The Fugitive: Season 1, Volume 2

March 5, 2008

 The Fugitive: Season 1, Volume 2

Created by Roy Huggins and produced by the legendary Quinn Martin, The Fugitive ran from 1963 to 1967. At its heart is a basic premise that is genius in its simplicity. Dr. Richard Kimble (Janssen) comes home to spot a one-armed man (Raisch) running from... 

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

March 3, 2008

 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) champions classic toys and the stores that used to carry them before the proliferation of chain stores like Toys R Us and Wal-Mart made them virtually extinct. In this age of crass commercialism, this film celebrates... 

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