The Curious Case of ...

Director: David Fincher Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett Rating: 3 stars (out of five) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a hard film to review. On the one hand, it’s gorgeously shot, with a sprawling scope, fantastic actors working with amazing aging effects, and a love story...

Valkyrie

Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Brannagh Rating: 4 stars (out of five) When Angelina Jolie does a serious movie, people crawl out of the woodwork to moan that they can’t accept her as a dramatic actress because they can only see the pouty-lipped tabloid goddess,...

The Reader

Director: Stephen Daldry Starring: Kate Winslett, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross Rating: 4.5 stars (out of five) The Reader is an actors’ showcase, with Kate Winslet sublime in a low-key, emotionally distant performance, Ralph Fiennes a bundle of middle-aged constipation, and a young actor...

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Bettie Page (1923-2008)

  Bettie Page died today. I’d heard, several days ago, that she’d suffered a heart attack, and as I was typing a movie review on one laptop, my girlfriend was on the other and said, “Bettie Page died. Who was Bettie Page?” (Forgive her, she is young, and was born behind the Iron Curtain.) It was a sad thing to hear. Knowing of her illness, there was context, of course, but still, it’s awful when an icon who meant something to you passes away. The Internet will be full of obituaries (Reuters, BBC) and fan ramblings, so I’ll just say that I was the right age to discover Bettie on her second coming. As a...

Frost/Nixon

Director: Ron Howard Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt Rating: 4 stars (out of five) Frost/Nixon is a damn fine movie, but it probably requires a certain kind of audience to fully appreciate it. Any monkey can see that Frank Langella (a.k.a. Sexy Dracula and...