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Airplane!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a cloying atrocity.


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From Billy Elliot to The Hours to The Reader, director Stephen Daldry has turned repressing your sexuality into something the upper class can feel sexy about. The people in his movies suffer the   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Smiley, though your heart is aching.


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The movie’s star, Gary Oldman, studies us through stylish 1970s spectacles, adjusting them with a stylishly leather-gloved hand. Printed below his left eye are words: “The enemy is within.”    More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Grand Illumination

The Illusionist isn’t genuine Tati. But it’s lovely.


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 As a child, it can be a little traumatic to see a magician make a mistake and drop his thumb. I mean his false thumb, from which he might produce   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

My Dog Tulip

Teeny little super cartoon.


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A burst of jazz announces the place as 1950s London, where elderly author J.R. Ackerley begins typing a memoir. From his cozy apartment,    More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The Plame Game: Fair Game Reviewed


A Valerie Plame movie, for people who thought that Decemberists song didn't go on long enough.

Fair Game



WW Critic's Score: 7

More left-wing celebrity grandstanding from studio Participant Media, Fair Game is a tribute to compromised CIA officer Valerie Plame and her diplomat husband Joe Wilson. They are played by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn as weepy victims of t...   More
 
Monday, November 8, 2010 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Micmacs

French revenge on the masters of war.


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“Shenanigans” is a good English translation of this French title. If it’s shenanigans you want, then shenanigans you shall have, because Micmacs is the latest from Jean-Pierre Jeunet ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Solitary Man

Michael Douglas, still following a basic instinct.


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“You call me an asshole, I’m gonna earn it!” declares Michael Douglas in his new drama, and as we all know, Michael Douglas is a big earner. His character, Ben Kalmen, is a smooth-ta ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Please Give

From a lady who brought you Sex and the City! Wait, come back!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Get ready for a mammogram. And another mammogram. And another. This is how Nicole Holofcener kicks off her film Please Give. Here in the dreaded radiology clinic, lonely New Yorker Rebecca (Rebecca Ha ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The Thorn In The Heart

Michel Gondry’s magical healing show.


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In the work of French filmmaker Michel Gondry, cinema has returned to its early role as a wondrous magic show. On Saturday, Gondry will visit Portland’s Hollywood Theatre to present The Thorn in ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Date Night Redeemed: The Back-up Plan Reviewed


It wasn't screened by WW press deadlines, but J.Lo's latest is the most heartwarming American film since last month's The Yellow Handkerchief. Seriously.



WW Critic's Score: 75

Years f...   More
 
Thursday, April 22, 2010 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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