Prometheus
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Prometheus

Prometheus = Alien + Blade Runner. The film asks three questions: Where do we come from? Where does the alien of Alien come from? Can the director, Ridley Scott, live up to Alien and Blade Runner, his sci-fi opi? The answers: We do not know. Maybe we shouldn’t. The film keeps wondering. See the movie. I won’t spoil this for you. Nearly. The audience … Continue reading

The Dark Knight Rises
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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is, like Christopher Nolan’s other Batman films, a gutsy, imaginative crime drama that dines on dread. Ultimately, Nolan’s choices as a director leave viewers wanting more. This is both bad and good. Wracked by the death of his childhood sweetheart, and from having to take the blame for the chaos the Joker … Continue reading

The Master
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The Master

Forget, for a moment, that it broke a studio – Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate is a more responsible film than this one. Two L.A. operas, Magnolia and Boogie Nights, made Paul Thomas Anderson a director to watch. There Will Be Blood and The Master trade the warm mosaic (of likeable but flawed people) for the arctic, measured close-up (of unappealing characters). In his reach to … Continue reading

Lincoln
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Lincoln

Pure cinema it is not, but this Lincoln is a sly one. As gripping as the back-room machinations of the 13th Amendment are (and they aren’t), Spielberg and Kushner give us a slow, stagy film: I don’t trust any movie this verbose (be it the surrender at Appomattox, or Lincoln’s ride through a corpse-strewn field, the best … Continue reading

Starman
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Starman

Starman is a sad, sweet road movie about a widow (Karen Allen) who finds a reason to go on living. On the surface, the film is about the romance she has with an alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes to the widescreen highways of America to meet his mothership. But for their chemistry, and John Carpenter’s underhanded … Continue reading

Django Unchained
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Django Unchained

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s approach to cinema is privately important to him. He is the movie-movie fan’s king.  He has a good ear, a good eye, and a good sense of movie past.  The QT joint is a lubed thing of spare parts, a Frankenstein beast from a video-store vacuum.  With the blood of a thousand giallos, … Continue reading