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  • 2007: The Year in Movies and Music

    published December 19, 2007

    Revenge of the Nerds Absolutely, unequivocally, this has been The Year of The Apatow: Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of... More >>

  • Savage Love

    published December 19, 2007

    Simmering below the squeamish elder-care euphemism "uncharted territory" is a fearful awareness that when it comes to dealing with the growing... More >>

  • Legend Has It

    published December 12, 2007

    There are two momentous performances in the Darwinian horror fable I Am Legend. One is by the movie's star, Will Smith — but more... More >>

  • Small Wonder

    published November 14, 2007

    Midway through the amiable children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium comes a speech that writer-director Zach Helm probably... More >>

  • Help!

    published October 3, 2007

    After Hair, Hairspray and the mass-marketing of tie-dye, can the '60s be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed, here comes Julie... More >>

  • Make Love, Not War

    published September 26, 2007

    Had Israeli director Eytan Fox's new film, about a passionate affair between two men on opposite sides of the Israeli-Arab conflict, been released... More >>

  • Walk Through the Valley

    published September 19, 2007

    Even the most adamantly anti-war movies about American soldiers returning from Vietnam — Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) and Oliver Stone's... More >>

  • Blah-Blah Sisterhood

    published June 27, 2007

    Parked uneasily between sensitive indie and studio chick-flick, Lajos Koltai's Evening makes star-studded hash of Susan Minot's beautifully... More >>

  • Pearl Harbor

    published June 20, 2007

    Do we need another movie about the liberal West watching in horror as something that daily befalls helpless bystanders all over Africa, Asia and... More >>

  • Memory Loss

    published May 16, 2007

    In the superbly tacit chamber piece Away from Her, intolerable pressure is brought to bear on the 44-year marriage between a college... More >>

  • Ogreload

    published May 16, 2007

    Coming out of Shrek the Third, I asked the two smart preteen girls I had in tow what they had liked about the picture. Projectile vomiting... More >>

  • Mormons: They're Just Like Us

    published May 9, 2007

    Three noisy women and a worn-out premise rattle around trying to make contact in Georgia Rule, an incoherent dramedy of rampant parental... More >>

  • A lying president begets a lying author. Good thing that wouldn't happen today.

    published April 4, 2007

    Lest we imagine that the publishing industry went to hell only after James Frey and J.T. Leroy clambered on board, here comes Lasse Hallström... More >>

  • Life and art meet sweet in this breezy French comedy.

    published April 4, 2007

    Neutrally retitled from the more pertinent Orchestra Seats, Avenue Montaigne is a French soufflé of the old school, a... More >>

  • Beatrix Potter gets an extreme makeover.

    published March 7, 2007

    I am sorry to say that Peter did not feel very well that evening. His mother put him to bed and gave him a dose of chamomile tea. ... More >>

  • Michael Apted goes behind the music.

    published February 21, 2007

    Morally irreproachable and flat as a pancake, Michael Apted's Amazing Grace is set among bickering House of Commoners in... More >>

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