Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes is positing itself as a new beginning for the iconic Baker Street detective, even going so far as to set itself up for a sequel with its series’ most recognizable villain much in the same way that Batman Begins did with the Joker. Only problem is, it’s not an entirely effective reboot. For […]

John Hughes (1950 – 2009)

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It is perhaps unfortunate that John Hughes is most recognized for his teen comedies, because it was his relatively “adult” films, namely Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck, that were his greatest achievements as both writer and director. Of course, this is not to undermine his progression — and revolution — of the teen […]

I Love You, Man

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The casting in I Love You, Man is a stroke of relative genius. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are two of the funniest — and most likable — comedians working in film today, and for all of I Love You‘s vulgarity, these two leads keep the film afloat. The sincerity of their performances translates even […]

In the Loop

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In the Loop is an unusually good and funny film from a usually tepid and rather unfunny genre. After enduring an onslaught of mediocre films centered around the war in Iraq, 2009 seems to have finally brought audiences closer to cinematic resolution: first Kathryn Bigelow’s invigorating The Hurt Locker gave us a fresh insight, and […]