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Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood is perfect in latest role

Nick Schenk's Gran Torino screenplay wasn't written with Clint Eastwood in mind as the film's star and director, but you'd never guess it. >More
 Valkyrie: Failed plot

We all know how it ends, and that foreknowledge dooms Brian Singer's hotly anticipated and much troubled account of the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life by his own officers in July 1944. >More
 Doubt: Power struggle

Playwright John Patrick Shanley adapted his Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play Doubt for the movies and also decided to direct the film -- an activity he hasn't pursued since his one other directorial effort in 1990, the ill-received Joe Versus the Volcano. The cast he gathered for Doubt is peerless, and, if nothing else, this assemblage is always a pleasure to watch. >More
 Blame Society Productions launches Chad Vader Season 2

Fans of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager are getting a special gift this Christmas Day with an announcement from Blame Society Productions that a new season of the popular online video series inspired by Star Wars will be premiering in the new year. >More
 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: The march of time

What's the movie trying to say other than it's always sad to grow old, no matter which direction you do it in? What exactly does Benjamin Button represent? >More
 The Reader: Strange little movie

Yet another movie about good little Nazis, The Reader at least wrestles with the notion of Germany's guilt and responsibility for its war atrocities. Based on Bernhard Schlink's novel, it's a strange little movie -- sort of Summer of '42 meets She Wolves of the SS. >More
 Slumdog Millionaire: Quiz show

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which seems to pick up a new raft of critics' awards just about every day, is a mad, thrilling and perversely luminous film. >More
 The Day the Earth Stood Still: Keanu barada nikto

When word went out that this remake of Robert Wise's sci-fi classic was in the works, a hue and cry arose from those who have kept watching the skies since the golden age of the Cold War-era science-fiction film. Admittedly, I was among those whose first thought was, "Why?" and whose second thought was, "Keanu Reeves?!" Seriously, it didn't sound like a smart move in any direction when announced, and, unsurprisingly, this loud, hammy and, above all, pointless do-over only serves to point out the genius of the original. >More
 Milk: Mayor of Castro Street

Harvey Milk had big ears and a smile that stretched all the way from one to the other. He wasn't conventionally good-looking, and there was an adenoidal quality to his voice that sounded a little like Woody Allen. But there was something about the man that made you want to follow him -- a twinkle in the eye, a sense that behind the semi-respectable faade was a true imp of the perverse. >More
 Cadillac Records: Bluesmen and -women

Cadillac Records looks at postwar Chicago and musicians who gravitated there - Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and Etta James - and the Chess Records label, which recorded and promoted so much of their work. Although writer/director Darnell Martin's movie plays fast and loose with many of the historical facts, her aim is dead-on in terms of nailing the spirit of the thing. Cadillac Records bobs and weaves, strides and duckwalks, samples and smiles on the sounds that made urban Chicago such a blues melting pot. >More
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