Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight (2008) Batman must protect Gotham City against The Joker, a deadly, devilish agent of chaos. Director Christopher Nolan’s first Batman movie (Batman Begins) attempted to apply as much realism and logic as possible to a comic book hero’s … Continue reading

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) After his girlfriend breaks up with him, a man escapes to Hawaii to heal his broken heart, but finds out she’s at the same resort… with her new boyfriend. This comedy has an unusual rhythm, and … Continue reading

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) The good and the bad Transformers clash again. That listless recap reflects how much I cared about the events onscreen. For a giant robot movie, the plot was needlessly convoluted. Revenge of the Fallen made … Continue reading

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La grande illusion

La grande illusion (1937) During the first World War, some French officers become prisoners of war, and they attempt to escape. Though it concerns war and prison escape, the goal of the film is less to thrill than to explore … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita (1960) La Dolce Vita follows a journalist and his entanglements with women in Rome. The story intentionally meanders, and there is very little plot. Marcello, the main character, seems unable to resist the charms of women, but … Continue reading

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In Bruges

In Bruges (2008) Two hitmen hide out in the title Belgian town after a job gone bad. The plot develops unpredictably, and there are great moments of absurdity and comedy, but it’s all believable because the characters are well-rounded, and … Continue reading

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