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question of the day: If it’s okay to worry that ‘Inception’ is too smart, where is the worry about movies that are too stupid?

Inception has finally arrived, and now we’ll see if audiences feel the same way about it as critics do: reviews range from pretty good to rapturous, with only a few detractors (and not just Armond White, either!) But I’ve been noticing a particular tenor in the predictions of how audiences may react that I find … more…

retro trailer: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

Take a look back at an old trailer… Even pulpier than the film itself! “A big new sprawling space adventure!” This past Friday was the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, which was released on May 21, 1980. Which means it’s been 30 years since my 10-year-old brain was darkened and depressed by this … more…

question of the day: Are there “new rules” for movie stars?

Legendary Variety editor Peter Bart has some advice for movie stars in this year’s special movie issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands now. Among his “rules” for creating and maintaining stardom: • A star must be willing to navigate the treacherous waters of both art and commerce in order to sustain a vital career… • … more…

Rize (review)

You’ve heard of the great war between the Los Angeles gangs the Crips and the Bloods, right? But have you heard of the longstanding rivalry between the Clowns and the Krumpers? Neither had I, and I felt a bit like slinking down in my seat in embarrassment while watching *Rize,* the powerfully moving new documentary about this Southern California dance craze.

totally quotable: best. lines. ever, 2004 edition

Here, in one place, the most quotable movie lines of the year 2004. They’re not ranked — they’re all great. [Warning: May contain spoilers.] [click here for the funniest bad snippets of dialogue from 2004] “Only people from the Bronx care about the Oscars.” –Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth), Beyond the Sea “I’ve never seen a … more…

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These reviews have moved — sorry for the inconvenience. Conan O’Brien 10th Anniversary Special Daughters of Afghanistan The Door in the Floor I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead Laverne & Shirley: The Complete First Season Millennium: The Complete First Season Ned Kelly Stander SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Two Brothers Vanity Fair Wimbledon Young Adam