October 31, 2008 James Dodson's cross-cultural romantic comedy brings its unlikely lovers together from home bases that are oceans apart. It's implausible and formulaic — but the stars are charming enough.
October 26, 2008 A theatrical director, driven by ambition and anxiety, restages his own life — on a full-scale New York set he builds in the shelter of a huge warehouse. Bob Mondello says it's one heck of a head-trip. (Recommended)
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October 24, 2008 In his review of W., critic Bob Mondello suggested that if someone had made a movie about the presidents Adams, it could have been called Q. That got us thinking: Could you make a Netflix queue's worth of one-letter movies? As it turns out ...
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October 16, 2008 With elections just days away, the director of Nixon and JFK returns with a fantasia on the life of George W. Bush. As the first-ever film about a sitting president, it's certainly a curiosity; but is it much more?
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October 16, 2008 Fifteen sailors — collegiate nonprofessionals all — compete in one of the world's most celebrated yacht races in this handsomely shot if ultimately underwhelming documentary.
October 10, 2008 Depression-era comedy sends the Marx Brothers skating through economic territory their namesake Karl would recognize — and it begins with talk of bailouts, tax breaks and other things that Bob Mondello says you'll find familiar, too.
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October 10, 2008 A London schoolteacher (the bubbly Sally Hawkins) keeps her cool — and her smile — through a string of mishaps. But Mike Leigh's movie feels decent and affirmative, never cloying or melodramatic. (Recommended).
October 9, 2008 A sports-mad gay couple doesn't quite know how to cope with the flamboyant boy they end up foster-parenting. Laurie Lynd's cozy comedy aims to say a thing or two about tolerance — without forgetting the laughs.
October 3, 2008 A geek and a smart girl cruise a nighttime New York as romantically supercharged as in any Woody Allen movie — falling for each other, while audiences fall madly for them. (Recommended).
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October 2, 2008 An epidemic of sudden blindness pushes society to the brink in a new thriller from the director of City of God and The Constant Gardener; Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star.
September 27, 2008 Paul Newman could be still where other movie actors had to "indicate" their feelings, because if you looked into his eyes, you knew what he was thinking. The screen legend died Friday at the age of 83.
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September 26, 2008 Spike Lee's latest highlights the oft-neglected contributions of African-American servicemen in World War II. But an overstuffed screenplay and an uneven tone undercut the effort.
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September 25, 2008 Hyperkinetic jump-cut editing and a clangorous Mission Impossible-style score can't cover up the essential idiocy of D.J. Caruso's paranoid thriller, which seems cobbled together from random elements of far better movies.
September 25, 2008 Three returning soldiers deal with a massive power outage, a barroom catfight, a visit to a megachurch, a certain amount of silly sex comedy and an entirely implausible plot twist involving a twister.
September 19, 2008 Broadway musicals of the 1960s were surprisingly good at explaining complicated economic matters. Before tourists took over the Great White Way, the "tired businessman" was the target audience. These four songs are particularly illustrative of the kind of vaudeville mixed with corporate-speak that the businessman favored.
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