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Iron Man 2 (review)

This is the metric by which I ended up measuring *Iron Man 2*: By the time it was over, did I actually *want* to see it again this weekend with my geek gang? And the answer ended up being Yes…

North American box office: ‘Basterds’ is glorious

Bidness is boomin’ for the Nazi killers: 1. Inglourious Basterds: $38.1 million (NEW) 2. District 9: $18.2 million (2nd week; drops 51%) 3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: $12.2 million (3rd week; drops 45%) 4. The Time Traveler’s Wife: $9.7 million (2nd week; drops 42%) 5. Julie & Julia: $8.8 million (3rd week; drops … more…

Oscar after party

My luck at predicting the Oscar may not have been so hot this year — though I’m not sure it ever is — but I did get one thing sorta right. I said over at Film.com on Friday that if there was going to be an upset this year, it would be in the Best … more…

new on DVD (Region 1 and Region 2): week of January 26

Out January 26 in Region 2: • Tropic Thunder [buy at Amazon U.K.]. From my green light review: [I]nventively clever in its sendup of the self-involvement of pretty much anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood, but does the sending up through lots of the kind of aggressive outrageousness Stiller’s own movies have taught us to expect … more…

totally quotable! 2008

Here are the most quotable movie lines of the year 2008. I didn’t mean to hold these till the movie year was over — it just sort of happened that way. I’ll return to posting quotes as I hear them for 2009. No ranking — quotes are posted in reverse order of movie release dates, … more…

awards contenders on DVD: the studio films

December can feel overwhelming, for movie watchers, with all the awards contenders flooding the arthouses — if you’re in New York and Los Angeles — and multiplexes this holiday season. But it’s always true, too, that films from earlier in the year manage to get notice from critics groups in the pre-Oscar-nominations territory… and some … more…

how does this happen?

How does an outlet like Reel Suave get such a prominent link at the IMDB? The site has lots of prominent links at IMDB as a “news source.” I don’t begrudge anybody their links. But this review wrongly credits Ethan Coen as a screenwriter — it’s Etan Cohen, a completely different person — and worse, … more…

Tropic Thunder (review)

Oh please please please let it be true that Ben Stiller is done with the humiliation ‘comedies’ and is getting back to his roots in smart satire.