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  • Gran Torino is Eastwood's most personal film yet

    published December 25, 2008

    Walt Kowalski growls a lot — a dyspeptic rumble that wells up from deep inside his belly when he catches sight of his midriff-baring... More >>

  • Clint Eastwood, America's director

    published December 25, 2008

    "You've made the first movie of the Obama generation!" exclaimed an audience member as he rushed up to Clint Eastwood after a recent... More >>

  • Valkyrie's star and director, Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer

    published December 25, 2008

    It's July 20, 1944, and Adolf Hitler has been assassinated -- the victim of a bomb blast organized and executed by a cabal of high-ranking... More >>

  • Seven Pounds

    published December 18, 2008

    Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most... More >>

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    published November 20, 2008

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn't in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means... More >>

  • Body of Lies, Ridley Scott's latest, is the post-9/11 tech-savvy terror thriller we deserve

    published October 9, 2008

    A new kind of war movie for a new kind of war, Body of Lies is about the War on Terror as it is being waged on the ground, in the... More >>

  • Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson join forces (and more!) in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    published August 14, 2008

    Perhaps this review should begin with a disclaimer: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's 39th film as writer-director, will do... More >>

  • The Young Man's Dream

    published August 14, 2008

    The last time I interviewed Woody Allen, at his editing suite on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he was preparing the release of Match... More >>

  • Step Brothers

    published July 24, 2008

    I haven't seen much at the movies in the past two years that has given me as much unbridled comic pleasure as the sight of Will Ferrell as the... More >>

  • The Dark Knight

    published July 17, 2008

    What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City — if "pleasure" is the right word for a movie that gazes so... More >>

  • The Promotion

    published June 12, 2008

    The screenwriter Steven Conrad writes movies about success and self-fulfillment in America — how we define it, the price we pay for it,... More >>

  • A Polish auteur — and Mike Tyson! — stage comebacks at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

    published May 22, 2008

    Call them the comeback kids: In its early days, the 2008 Cannes Film Festival has served as a staging ground for a number of unlikely returns,... More >>

  • Iron Man

    published May 1, 2008

    Chalk it up to personal preference, but I've always been fonder of those comic-book heroes who emerge by intent rather than happenstance. I... More >>

  • The Visitor

    published April 24, 2008

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: A lonely dwarf, a wisecracking Cuban-American and a grieving mother walk into each other's lives,... More >>

  • Love Songs

    published April 17, 2008

    If the great movie musicals of yesteryear put a song in your heart, Christophe Honoré's Love Songs leaves you with a funny... More >>

  • Leatherheads

    published April 3, 2008

    When Time recently featured George Clooney on its cover accompanied by the headline "The Last Movie Star" — note not even a... More >>

  • Stop-Loss

    published March 27, 2008

    Considering that the war in Iraq has proven to be Washington's shot-by-shot remake of Vietnam, it's only natural that Hollywood has followed... More >>

  • He'll Be Your Mirror

    published March 13, 2008

    To the uninitiated viewer, Austrian director Michael Haneke might best be described as modern cinema's master of the unkind rewind. In the... More >>

  • The Band's Visit

    published February 28, 2008

    This past fall, The Band's Visit made headlines after being disqualified as Israel's foreign-language submission to the 2008... More >>

  • Vantage Point

    published February 21, 2008

    Remember the 1985 movie version of the Parker Brothers whodunit board game Clue, with its pre-DVD-era gimmick of multiple endings? Well,... More >>

  • Fool's Gold

    published February 7, 2008

    When a friend recently told me that she'd been confused by the poster for the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson fortune-hunting romp Fool's... More >>

  • American Heroes and Zeroes at Sundance ’08

    published January 31, 2008

    Morgan Spurlock makes us look bad, plus (separate!) films on baseball and steroids shine. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Sugar,... More >>

  • Cassandra's Dream

    published January 17, 2008

    I do think the writing is pessimistic — all that stuff about life being a tragic experience," says Angela Stark (played by newcomer... More >>

  • Cloverfield

    published January 17, 2008

    It took nine years for Godzilla to rise up out of the ashes of Hiroshima and wreak his destruction on the good people of Tokyo in 1954. Here in... More >>

  • Grand Design

    published January 3, 2008

    The story of how The Kite Runner's Homayoun Ershadi got into movies is a bit like those fanciful tales of stars and starlets discovered... More >>

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