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27/31: Jane Eyre and the art of getting to the point
December 28, 2011 · 19 Comments
27/31: <I>Jane Eyre</I> and the art of getting to the point

Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre is gorgeous — and savvy. Fukunaga and adapter Moira Buffini understand what everyone's come for, which is what everyone's come for since the nineteenth century: a woman who is …

26/31: The Interrupters
December 27, 2011 · 3 Comments
26/31: <I>The Interrupters</I>

Steve James documentaries get you inside. By the end of a James film — Hoop Dreams, Stevie, the inexplicably non-shortlisted The Interrupters — you know the subjects like cousins. You care what happens to them, …

25/31: Midnight in Paris
December 26, 2011 · 10 Comments
25/31: <I>Midnight in Paris</I>

Woody Allen stand-ins work best when played by Woody Allen himself. Allen's voice is so distinctive, and his heroes generally so him despite cosmetic name changes (Alvy Singer, Larry Lipton), that in other hands the …

24/31: Win Win
December 26, 2011 · 7 Comments
24/31: <I>Win Win</I>

Suburban-Jersey lawyer Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who seems to represent seniors exclusively, is floundering. The office needs a new boiler and a new toilet, a dead tree on his front lawn needs removing, he's got …

23/31: Kansas City
December 25, 2011 · 8 Comments
23/31: <I>Kansas City</I>

Watching Kansas City for the plot is probably not the best way to enjoy the film, for two reasons. The first is that the plot is primarily an excuse to take the audience on an …

The Vine: December 23, 2011
December 23, 2011 · 45 Comments
The Vine: December 23, 2011

I have a culinary question for the readers. My diet is probably around 25% popcorn. I'm shoving fistfuls of it in my mouth for dinner at least three times a week. I make it on the stove …

22/31: The Woodmans
December 22, 2011 · 4 Comments
22/31: <I>The Woodmans</I>

The Woodmans is a really interesting movie and also an uncomfortable mess, much like one of its subjects, and I don't quite know how to go about reviewing it, or even describing how I reacted …

21/31: Albert Nobbs
December 21, 2011 · 7 Comments
21/31: <I>Albert Nobbs</I>

Albert Nobbs has two big secrets. One is that he's socking away money, farthing by painstaking farthing, under a floorboard in the servant's quarters, at the hotel where he works as a butler.
The other, and …

The Vine: December 21, 2011
December 21, 2011 · 3 Comments
The Vine: December 21, 2011

This is one of those "some friendships have a lifespan" problems, I suppose. Years ago, when I was at secondary school, I was friends with L. We were really close, but being teenagers we fell …

20/31: The Artist
December 21, 2011 · 6 Comments
20/31: <I>The Artist</I>

My esteemed colleague Couch Baron, blowing off The Artist with the combined force and economy of that air-puff glaucoma test you get at the eye doctor, described the film as, among other things, "so up …