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top 10 movies of 2009: the whys and wherefores

If you regularly check my on-the-fly ranking of new theatrical releases as I see them, then my top 10 movies of 2009 are no surprise: I shuffled a few titles around a bit last month, but the films ranked in the top 10 for 2009 haven’t changed much in months. (The 2009 ranking is here; … more…

The Hurt Locker (review)

Riveting but not exciting, not in the sense that action movies have taught us to get turned on by the foreplay of countdowns and the climax of explosions…

opening in the U.S. and Canada June 26: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,’ ‘My Sister’s Keeper,’ ‘The Hurt Locker,’ ‘Cheri,’ more

opening wide Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: We do not negotiate with Decepticons, okay? Let’s roll. My Sister’s Keeper: Have you heard? It’s very sad when people die of cancer. I had no idea. So glad someone told me. opening limited The Hurt Locker: Maybe we could send Jeremy Renner to disarm that bit of … more…

trailer break: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… I’m real excited about this one, for a couple of reasons. First: Kathryn Bigelow has demonstrated more than once that a chick can make a kickass action movie (Blue Steel, Strange Days, Near Dark) that is also smart and complicated and provocative and offers a new perspective … more…