Enter the Void (Review)
Sep24

Enter the Void (Review)

ENTER THE VOID (9/24/10; Drama) Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy SCR/DIR: Gaspar Noé MPAA: Unrated 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $336,467 Experimental film boldly breaks ground on several fronts, challenging the tenets of basic storytelling in a way that’s fresh and completely original. That said, it ain’t the happiest film ever. Noé has made three features – I Stand Alone (1998), Irreversible (2002) and Void – and every one has...

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Howl (Review)
Sep24

Howl (Review)

HOWL (9/24/10; Drama) James Franco, Aaron Tveit, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Prescott, Alessandro Nivola, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Treat Williams SCR/DIR: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman MPAA: R for strong sexual content including language and images, and for some drug material. 1 hour 25 mins BOX: $617,334 This experimental film takes Allen Ginsberg’s iconic beat poem “Howl” and uses it as a framework to tell...

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Buried (Review)
Sep24

Buried (Review)

BURIED (9/24/10; Thriller) Ryan Reynolds SCR: Chris Sparling DIR: Rodrigo Cortés MPAA: R for language and some violent content. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $19,152,480 Unbelievably tense and claustrophobic thriller about an Iraq-based American truck driver named Paul Conroy (Reynolds), who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin with a lighter and a cell phone. He attempts to contact his wife and his employers,...

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Hole, The (Review)
Sep22

Hole, The (Review)

HOLE, THE (9/22/10; Fantasy, Thriller) Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Bruce Dern, Nathan Gamble, Quinn Lord SCR: Mark L. Smith DIR: Joe Dante MPAA: Rated PG-13 for frightening images, violence and some language. 1 hour 38 mins BOX: $4,548,047 (UK Only) For about 15 years, Dante was the court jester of a Hollywood in which Spielberg was king. His movies often combined horror with comedy to great effect. Very few directors...

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Experiment, The (Review)
Sep21

Experiment, The (Review)

EXPERIMENT, THE (9/21/10; Thriller) Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Clifton Collins Jr., Cam Gigandet, Fisher Stevens, Travis Fimmel, Ethan Cohn SCR: Mario Giordano, Paul Scheuring DIR: Paul Scheuring MPAA: R for strong disturbing violence including a rape, language, some sexual content and nudity. 1 hour 36 mins The Experiment is based on the Stanford prison experiment, the true story of a group of scientists who...

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Freebie, The (Review)
Sep17

Freebie, The (Review)

FREEBIE, THE (9/17/10; Drama) Katie Aselton, Dax Shepard, Leonora Gershman, Ken Kennedy SCR/ DIR: Katie Aselton MPAA: R for language and sexual content. 1 hour 18 mins BOX: $16,613 Shepard and Aselton are a young couple who agree to give each other a pass for one night, the freedom to sleep with someone else, no questions asked. Instead of playing the concept for cheap thrills or laughs, Aselton’s movie (she wrote and directed)...

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Easy A (Review)
Sep17

Easy A (Review)

EASY A (9/17/10; Comedy) Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci SCR: Bert V. Royal DIR: Will Gluck MPAA: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material. BOX: $74,459,232 Emma Stone brings the funny as Olive, a virginal high school student who tells a lie about...

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Catfish (Review)
Sep17

Catfish (Review)

CATFISH (9/17/10; Documentary) Megan Faccio, Nev Schulman, Rel Schulman DIR: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman MPAA: PG-13 for some sexual references. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $3,234,373 Nev, a 24-year old New York photographer, is contacted by an 8-year-old painting prodigy named Abby. They become Facebook friends and strike up a nice friendship. Eventually, he “friends” her mom Angela and Abby’s hottie half-sister Megan. Nev (with his...

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American, The (Review)
Sep03

American, The (Review)

AMERICAN, THE (9/03/10; Drama, Thriller) George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Irina Björklund, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli SCR: Martin Booth, Rowan Joffe; based on the Martin Booth novel A Very Private Gentleman DIR: Anton Corbijn MPAA: R for violence, sexual content and nudity. 1 hour 45 mins BOX: $35,596,227 Moody European-flavored thriller finds hardened assassin Clooney hiding out in Italy and taking on a benign job to assemble a...

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Going the Distance (Review)
Sep03

Going the Distance (Review)

GOING THE DISTANCE (9/03/10; Comedy) Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate SCR: Geoff LaTulippe DIR: Nanette Burstein MPAA: R, for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity. 1 hour 49 mins BOX: $17,804,299 After a snappy Meet Cute over ‘80s-era video games that leads to a steamy hook-up, thirtysomething hipsters Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Long)...

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