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A Serious Man retells the Job story

Embrace paradox; accept life's mysteries. These are some of the things that serious men learn. God owes us bupkis in the way of answers. With A Serious Man, the Coen brothers have made one of their best and most personal movies. It is rich with ideas and packed with the sort of existential jokes that tickle the Coen boys so. >More
 Cold Souls: Life swap

In Cold Souls, an actor named Paul Giamatti smells different, and his skin feels somehow scaly to his wife, Claire. She wants to know what's wrong with him, why the man in bed next to her looks and sounds like her husband, but doesn't seem to have his spirit, his essential Paul-ness. >More
 Where the Wild Things Are not

Like any good myth, Where the Wild Things Are has lessons to teach, but also ambiguities. To his credit, director Spike Jonze retains ambiguities in his film version, which he wrote with Gen-X literary icon Dave Eggers. But given the book's austerity, the film has quite a few gaps to fill, even at a brief hour and 34 minutes. >More
 Bright Star chronicles a poetic romance

Bright Star is romantic. It is comic. And it is very sad. If you know anything about the tubercular John Keats, you can guess how this story ends. >More
 Under Our Skin: Epidemic proportions

My favorite documentaries are by filmmakers like Frederick Wiseman and Barbara Kopple, who let the cameras roll as interesting people go about their interesting lives. The resulting films feel emotionally true and, often, satisfyingly ambiguous. >More
 Whip It: Skating party

Drew Barrymore's directing debut, Whip It, based on a screenplay about women's roller derby by Shauna Cross, teems with girl-power spirit and exudes an all-encompassing benevolence. >More
 Capitalism: A Love Story: Filthy lucre

The aspects of Michael Moore's filmmaking that we have come to embrace over the years -- his prominent roles as sloppy court jester and self-appointed spokesman for the American people -- are the very things that get him into trouble in his new documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story. >More
 The September Issue exposes the weird Vogue staff

When Vogue editor Anna Wintour made an uncomfortable appearance on Letterman a few weeks ago, an ominously telling moment came when the host held up a copy of the September issue. >More
 I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell: Disaster movie

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is the movie of the book by the blogger Tucker Max, who has attracted young readers with his stories of alcohol-soaked sex romps. This unfunny comedy is chiefly memorable, if that's the right word, for its contempt of disabled people and, especially, women. >More
 Tucker Max gets them gasping at Sundance

Tucker Max knows what he's doing. The blogger, author and, now, screenwriter and film producer doesn't sidestep critics who say he promotes rape culture. He embraces them. >More
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