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Cities Roll, Fight and Eat Each Other in the Otherwise Meh Mortal Engines

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The film plays as if a three-hour epic has been sliced down to size in the editing, but only the scenes establishing character and context have been cut
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What a Drag It Is

5 years ago by Jennifer Davis- Lamm
In 1994, a flamboyant little film out of Australia made serious waves in world cinema with a heartfelt and fabulous story of two drag queens and a trans woman driving a bus through the Outback. Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and a brilliant Terrance Stamp take on the roles of our...
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Mel Gibson Celebrates Pacifism with the Most Mel Gibson of Bloodbaths

3 years ago by Bilge Ebiri
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is a film at war with itself. Which makes perfect sense, because it’s about a man at war with himself, and I’m pretty sure it was also made by a man at war with himself. The true-life story of Desmond Doss — a Seventh Day Adventist...
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Peter Jackson's Hobbit Project Arrives at its Spectacular End

5 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came after seven words in the end credits: "Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien." Just picture that tweedy Oxford philologist nodding in approval at this adaptation of his lark...
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Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits its Spectacular End

5 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end credits: "Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien." Just picture that tweedy Oxford philologist nodding in pleased approval at this adaptation of his...
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Kind of a drag: Priscilla Queen of the Desert at DSM

7 years ago by Elaine Liner
High camp: Mae West in a feather boa in She Done Him Wrong. Low camp: Jamie Farr in a dowdy dress on M*A*S*H. Camp adjacent: Every cock in a frock in the mock campy Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, whose national tour is now at the Dallas Summer...
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Captain America Ignores its Roots for Easy Money

9 years ago by Karina Longworth
Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics in 1941, Captain America was among the first American comic books intended as an explicit work of patriotic, political propaganda: The cover of the first edition, available months before Pearl Harbor, famously featured the titular costume hero punching out Adolf...
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The Hobbit Gets Neither There Nor Back Again

7 years ago by Scott Foundas
Welcome back to Middle-Earth. It has been nearly a decade since writer-director Peter Jackson last set foot on J.R.R. Tolkien's hallowed ground, signing off on a spectacular trilogy of films adapted from the British author's Lord of the Rings novels. There were box office billions and well-earned Oscars aplenty and...
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Naomi Then and Now

14 years ago by Jordan Harper
Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood showcases Naomi Watts in a wrenching and sympathetic performance. Writer-director Scott Coffey shot the movie over nearly six years, beginning in 1999, before Watts was a household name. Though they...
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The ultimate illusion

21 years ago by Bill Gallo
Stuffed full of fantasy comics, addicted to action, and steeped in digital technology, the frenetic moviemakers Andy and Larry Wachowski have done what they must--create an eye-popping, morph-mad, quasi-mythical sci-fi flick that will thrill computer nerds as it kicks serious ass. The Matrix also presumes to (ahem) think deeply--although this...

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