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Legion (review)

Forget all that nonsense about fending off evil spirits with Bibles and holy water and garlic or whatever. Automatic weapons is what you need.

poster convergence: ‘Legion’ and ‘Tooth Fairy’

Two movies opening on the same day (in North America, at least), and both feature fantastical winged creatures. Coincidence… or magical intervention? In these desperate times, when change we can believe in seems far away and hope is waning, can we at least count on our flying imaginary friends for comfort? Shall we embrace the … more…

trailer break: ‘The Young Victoria’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Romance! Intrigue! Royalty! Politics! Assassination! Ruffles! Sideburns! What’s not to love? Don’t tell anybody — shhh! — but all of a sudden, between this film and Creation (both of which I’ve now seen), I suddenly have a little bit of a crush on Paul Bettany. It’s probably … more…

trailer break: ‘Creation’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… I’m so looking forward to seeing this movie, and it looks like I’ll get my chance: the film has finally been picked up for U.S. distribution by Newmarket Films, after a period during which no one would touch it. As the Telegraph explained back on September 11: … more…

trailer break: ‘The Young Victoria’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Oooo, sexy: flirting over a chessboard. Looks like a pretty luscious love story. No wonder Victoria put the whole country into mourning for half a century when Albert died… Interesting choice, Emily Blunt for the lead. She’s so funny and so spritely — that’s not exactly what … more…

The Secret Life of Bees (review)

The secret life of bees? More like the secret life of women. The bee thing, it’s a metaphor, see, for how half the human race lives shrouded in mystery and darkness and, I guess, sweetness and honey.

best performances of 2004: ready for their closeup…

BEST ACTOR Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda It’s a role that, in the hands of even another very competent actor, could have descended into pathos and sentimentality, but Cheadle’s performance goes way beyond mere competence: As an Oskar Schindler-type figure in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, he approaches incomprehensible horrors in a way that makes us intimate partners … more…