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  • Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'

    Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'
    As diverse as Quentin Tarantino's first films (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown”) were in tone (tragic, comic and romantic, respectively), they all took place within roughly the same world and the same genre — urban crime. The iconic status that accrued to him in that genre could easily have hardened into a straitjacket. In addition, his dialogue is so relentlessly contemporary that he seemed about as well suited for a 19th century period piece as Ang Lee was for a CGI superhero project like “Hulk.”
  • Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog

    Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog
    There is much humor to be found in the outrageous, even dangerous, lengths a sympathetic character will resort to in the name of obsessive love. And there's plenty on display in the preview teaser for the next “Ice Age” movie as Scrat —...

    DVD Review: 'Design for Living'

    When Ernst Lubitsch's comedy about a Bohemian menage a trois was released in 1933, it took a lot of heat for its lack of fidelity to Noel Coward's original stage play. Screenwriter Ben Hecht boasted that he had retained only one line of dialogue from...

    Film review: 'The Lucky One' never gets the fire started

    Film review: 'The Lucky One' never gets the fire started
    Hollywood keeps making adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, even though they've never really burned up the box office. Maybe “The Lucky One” will be, well, the lucky one, but it's hard to imagine why. Sparks films have become their own...