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Sick of Valentine’s Day? Need a day to purge the cloying bombardment of flowers, cards, and chocolates?




On the heels of Stand Up Guys, it’s important to know where Pacino started. We need to be reminded that Jack and Jill was not the apex, but a manifestation of boredom, a break from playing Shylock or Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a (hopefully) momentary nadir in the filmography of a great American Actor. Stand Up Guys might […]



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January is when movies go to die. Here’s some proof.



robert pattinson

Academy Award nominations come out tomorrow. Who might surprise us? Who shouldn’t?




Take 5 — At Year’s End 2012


Five writers. Five looks at the five best films. Five number ones. Boy, are we inconsistent.




Every time you sit down for a movie, whether it’s in the theater or your home, you have a preconception about what’s going to run on that screen for the next two hours. The previews certainly influence this. So do the cast and their filmography. Perhaps the writer has a trope that just won’t die. Or, a […]




Christmas movies are a staple at this time of year, whether you have your classics, your canonical, or just your personal favorites. Within each movie, there are a number of the same tropes and themes: the importance of family, encroaching consumerism, the lost recognition of the holiday, and the diminishing Christmas spirit. In addition, there are often […]



mayan calendar

Disappointed the world didn’t end? Here are some films that are equally as disappointing.



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Lists about the best Christmas movies are everywhere this time of year, and, most likely you’ll get a variation of It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. These are great movies, and I try to watch each of them, including a few others, every year around Christmas, reminding myself to ring bells, […]



Over at Pajiba, Cindy Davis has compiled a list of twenty interesting factoids about Inception. Here’s a sample. 8. Nolan based roles of the Inception team on those of filmmaking; Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Aridane is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. The […]