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2007 Stories by Scott Foundas

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  • Hit List

    published December 27, 2007

    It's that time of year again. Our six critics (Scott Foundas, J. Hoberman, Nathan Lee, Jim Ridley, Ella Taylor and Robert Wilonsky) don't... More >>

  • On Deck

    published December 27, 2007

    The first thing you notice when you walk on to the set are the 300 extras in late-1920s period costume, seated at cafeteria tables in a holding... More >>

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    published December 20, 2007

    Here's the thing: Tim Burton pulled it off. Nearing the end of an uncommonly strong year for American movies, he's taken a hallowed... More >>

  • I Am Legend

    published December 13, 2007

    There are two momentous performances in the Darwinian horror fable I Am Legend. One is by the movie's star, Will Smith —... More >>

  • I'm Not There

    published November 22, 2007

    Something about that movie, though, well I just can't get it out of my head/But I can't remember why I was in it or what part I was supposed... More >>

  • No Country for Old Men

    published November 15, 2007

    Hold still." It's what the hunters say to the hunted in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. The first time we hear it,... More >>

  • Reservation Road

    published October 25, 2007

    I gave up after about 100 pages of John Burnham Schwartz's 1998 novel Reservation Road, a typically overwritten and contrived slice of... More >>

  • Into the Wild

    published October 4, 2007

    To some, the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, the 24-year-old Emory University graduate who starved to death in the Alaskan wilderness... More >>

  • The Brave One

    published September 13, 2007

    In the new Neil Jordan movie, Jodie Foster plays New York talk radio DJ Erica Bain, who survives a vicious Central Park mugging and becomes an... More >>

  • Death Sentence

    published August 30, 2007

    By late summer, when director James Wan's Death Sentence is playing side-by-side with Neil Jordan's The Brave One at many of our... More >>

  • The Nanny Diaries

    published August 23, 2007

    Shortly after graduating from film school, I took a part-time job as the assistant to a successful movie and television director who told me I'd... More >>

  • Superbad

    published August 16, 2007

    The latest comic meteorite to hurtle forth from the galaxy of producer Judd Apatow, Superbad is about a couple of chronically... More >>

  • Hairspray

    published July 19, 2007

    Did John Waters sell out? Or did our ever-more-metrosexual age merely render him irrelevant? Certainly long before Hairspray took up... More >>

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    published July 12, 2007

    The magic has returned to the Harry Potter franchise — albeit magic of the old, black variety. The darkest and most threatening by far of... More >>

  • Ratatouille

    published June 28, 2007

    Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great." So goes the personal mantra of the late celebrity chef Auguste Gusteau, whose disembodied... More >>

  • Severance

    published June 7, 2007

    The idea of "getting axed" is exploited for maximum double-entendre value in Severance, a grisly horror-comedy from the U.K. that has its... More >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    published May 31, 2007

    Last weekend, as Jerry Bruckheimer's pirates were once again storming the international box office, the Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27) bestowed... More >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    published May 31, 2007

    Cannes, France — I never gave much thought to the subject of health insurance until, in October of 2005, an odd swelling in my groin... More >>

  • From the Director of The Exorcist

    published May 24, 2007

    "I don't mind if you take a shot of me eating," says William Friedkin, in between bites of an avocado sandwich, to the photographer busily taking... More >>

  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    published April 26, 2007

    The young men move about the muddied hillside engaging in a friendly afternoon game of that national pastime known as hurling. On their way home,... More >>

  • Fracture

    published April 19, 2007

    This week's generically titled studio suspense thriller, Fracture, has the good sense to begin where last week's generically titled... More >>

  • Shooter

    published March 22, 2007

    In the same week that sees Adam Sandler playing a grieving 9/11 widower in Reign Over Me, another lone figure reeling from... More >>

  • Reign Over Me

    published March 22, 2007

    As Charlie Fineman, a New York dentist who lost his wife and three young daughters in one of the September 11 plane crashes, Adam Sandler sports a... More >>

  • Reporting From Mexico

    published March 8, 2007

    (Mexico City) Less than 24 hours after the Oscars capped the remarkable year of the so-called three amigos by handing out three awards to Pan's... More >>

  • Zodiac

    published March 1, 2007

    When the editorial cartoonist turned amateur sleuth Robert Graysmith published Zodiac, he wrote that the tale was "the most frightening... More >>

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