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2008 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Four Christmases

    published November 27, 2008

    To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit — never, for a second, did... More >>

  • Role Models

    published November 6, 2008

    Paul Rudd wears a constant look of glazed-eye amusement; everything seems to tickle him, even that which annoys or frustrates or disappoints... More >>

  • Clark Gregg's Choke adaptation needs the Heimlich

    published September 25, 2008

    There's a whole lotta fucking going on in Choke, Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's first-person novel about a sex... More >>

  • Despite Rainn Wilson, The Rocker is more childish pop than hard-core funny

    published August 21, 2008

    The Rocker bears the decidedly unmistakable odor of something made in 1983 and left on the shelf a good 25 years. Which isn't to... More >>

  • Hamlet 2 is simply tragic

    published August 21, 2008

    In its final ten minutes, Hamlet 2 is little more than chaos, noise and nonsense, and those are ten perfectly enjoyable minutes.... More >>

  • Send it back: Bottle Shock's corked

    published August 14, 2008

    Bottle Shock, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is a great concept populated by great actors that works... More >>

  • Rogen and Franco, on the run and madly in love in Pineapple Express

    published August 7, 2008

    On the surface, Pineapple Express offers precisely what it advertises: a roll-'em-up, smoke-'em-up, blow-'em-up bromantic comedy... More >>

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    published July 10, 2008

    At the top, let's be clear about one thing: Journey to the Center of the Earth is more a demo reel than a narrative feature. It's... More >>

  • Hancock

    published July 3, 2008

    The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its followup, Unbreakable,... More >>

  • WALL-E

    published June 26, 2008

    Many will attempt to describe WALL-E with a one-liner. It's R2-D2 in love. 2001: A Space Odyssey starring fhe Little... More >>

  • The Foot Fist Way

    published June 19, 2008

    The Foot Fist Way has been trying to break into theaters since clawing its way down film-fest row, beginning at Sundance in '06.... More >>

  • The Incredible Hulk

    published June 12, 2008

    In recent days, Universal's been running a TV spot for The Incredible Hulk that gives away what should come as no surprise to any... More >>

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    published May 22, 2008

    Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because nineteen years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't, and fifteen... More >>

  • Made of Honor

    published May 1, 2008

    In Made of Honor, Patrick Dempsey plays a conveniently rich and willfully single serial "fornicator" slowly but surely... More >>

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    published April 17, 2008

    Jason Segel is responsible for two of the most cringe-inducing, hands-in-front-of-your-face moments in the recent history of television, both... More >>

  • Smart People

    published April 10, 2008

    Smart people got no reason to live — and, sure, that's not quite how Randy Newman sang it, but the point still stands. Because in Noam... More >>

  • 21

    published March 27, 2008

    Ben Mezrich's 2002 bestseller Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions was a smart... More >>

  • Three the Hard Way

    published March 20, 2008

    No Country for Old Men(Paramount)"A horror comedy chase" is how a grinning Tommy Lee Jones describes No Country... More >>

  • The Bank Job

    published March 6, 2008

    "Based on a true story," brags The Bank Job before diving into the clear blue water of the Caribbean, where, in 1970, a topless... More >>

  • Oscar-Starved

    published March 6, 2008

    Into the Wild(Paramount)Sean Penn waited a good decade before adapting Jon Krakauer's book about Chris McCandless,... More >>

  • Semi-Pro

    published February 28, 2008

    Semi-Pro's much better than Blades of Glory, which wasn't nearly as good as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky... More >>

  • Move Along, Kids

    published February 28, 2008

    Justice League: The New Frontier(Warner Bros.)Based on Darwyn Cooke's comic-book miniseries — a masterpiece... More >>

  • Be Kind Rewind

    published February 21, 2008

    The pleasures of Be Kind Rewind do not extend far beyond the promise of its premise: Jack Black, magnetized and manic... More >>

  • Laughing Pains

    published February 21, 2008

    Margot at the Wedding(Paramount)Margot (Nicole Kidman, or someone who looks just like her) is a fiction writer... More >>

  • Definitely, Maybe

    published February 14, 2008

    Sandwiched somewhere between the American Spirit commercials and the Clinton campaigning that make up Definitely, Maybe is a... More >>

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