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Fantastic Mr. Fox
February 27, 2010 – 10:31 AM | 11 Comments

It’s about what you’d expect from a Wes Anderson movie, in animated form: if you find his work twee, you’ll hate it, and if you like its offbeat charm, you’ll enjoy it.
It tries a little …

Crazy Heart
February 25, 2010 – 8:54 AM | 22 Comments
<I>Crazy Heart</I>

The acting is good across the board, in spite of writing that lurches between motivations and tempos like a car dropping out of gear. By that measure, it’s not Jeff Bridges, the presumptive Best Actor …

The Animated Shorts Program: Sharp as a Brick
February 23, 2010 – 4:31 PM | 7 Comments
The Animated Shorts Program: Sharp as a Brick

A more entertaining slate overall than the live-action shorts, by far.
Again, I’ll cover them in the order screened, along with the “highly commended” shorts that showed.
French Roast. A single joke, not terribly funny to begin …

Faubourg 36
February 23, 2010 – 8:25 AM | One Comment

It’s…fine. It has a few charming bits; the return of Jojo is predictable, but done well, and a funeral at the end has a sweet callback to a running sight gag. But the coda is …

The Princess and the Frog
February 22, 2010 – 3:31 PM | 14 Comments

It’s nice to see a heroine of color in a Disney movie, but I don’t know if Tiana spending the bulk of the story as a frog necessarily strikes a great blow for multiculturalism, not …

The Messenger
February 22, 2010 – 11:12 AM | 4 Comments

The Messenger is nominated for Best Original Screenplay; if it wins, Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon should waste no time chopping the statue in half and handing it to Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. The …

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
February 22, 2010 – 8:20 AM | 11 Comments
<I>The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus</I>

Roger Ebert, though he feels more generously towards it than I, sums up my reaction to the movie in his January 6 review:
My problem with Gilliam’s films is that they lack a discernible storyline. I …

The Live-Action Shorts Program: …Chimay!
February 20, 2010 – 12:20 PM | 10 Comments

Thanks to the IFC Film Center, I managed to knock off five movies in two hours last night — and pull ahead in the Death Race.
The live-action shorts, in screened order…
Kavi. The credits note that …

In the Loop
February 20, 2010 – 9:51 AM | 13 Comments

Absolutely hilarious.The dialogue tends to put British phrasings in the mouths of American characters, but this is more than made up for by all the clever bits: the unbe-liev-ably foul-mouthed rants coming from Malcolm; General …

The Lovely Bones
February 18, 2010 – 8:13 AM | 20 Comments

Although the novel also drowned in a vat of syrup, Sebold got by for nearly 100 pages on the unsentimental clarity of her style and sustained verisimilitude of the narrator’s adolescent voice. Jackson demonstrates no …