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2009 Stories by Scott Foundas

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  • Nine

    published December 24, 2009

    There's no city-clogging traffic jam in Nine, the musicalized version of Federico Fellini's movie-about-moviemaking urtext 8... More >>

  • It's Complicated

    published December 24, 2009

    Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers's biennial stocking... More >>

  • Red Cliff

    published December 3, 2009

    John Woo spent a decade navigating the big-studio minefield — longer than most foreign auteurs last in Hollywood before throwing in the... More >>

  • Precious

    published November 19, 2009

    In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate sixteen-year-old;... More >>

  • The Maid

    published November 12, 2009

    Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but for the title character of the pitch-black Chilean comedy The Maid, it's closer to an... More >>

  • Crude at the Mayan

    published October 15, 2009

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it's thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction,... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published October 15, 2009

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it’s thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction,... More >>

  • District 9

    published August 13, 2009

    The aliens have been with us for twenty years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp's fast and furiously inventive... More >>

  • Ponyo

    published August 13, 2009

    In the same week that the South African import District 9 gives us a Johannesburg beset by alien invaders, the latest film by animation... More >>

  • Funny People

    published July 30, 2009

    After devoting his first two films as director, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, to getting laid and having kids,... More >>

  • Tokyo Sonata

    published July 30, 2009

    An afternoon breeze blows through an open doorway under the opening titles of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata, portending a... More >>

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    published July 16, 2009

    Don't let the PG rating fool you: The dark arts are back with a vengeance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the... More >>

  • The Hurt Locker

    published July 9, 2009

    Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts... More >>

  • Public Enemies

    published July 2, 2009

    They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bank-robber-cum-folk-hero... More >>

  • Away We Go

    published June 11, 2009

    Midway through A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers's solipsistic, terminally-apologetic-for-being-solipsistic... More >>

  • Goodbye Solo

    published May 7, 2009

    At 73, the Memphis-born actor, stuntman, former U.S. Marine and Golden Gloves boxer Red West has the stoic, leathery repose of a barfly on a... More >>

  • 17 Again

    published April 16, 2009

    This much is for sure about the makers of the new Zac Efron picture 17 Again: They know their audience. Scientifically engineered... More >>

  • Adventureland

    published April 2, 2009

    Set a mere two decades ago, Greg Mottola's Adventureland seems as if it could be taking place on a distant planet, less for its... More >>

  • The International

    published February 19, 2009

    Tom Tykwer's The International is one of those movies in which shadowy men meet in parked cars, abandoned buildings and inconspicuous... More >>

  • Sundance Festival

    published January 29, 2009

    The crowds were thinner, the temperature warmer, and Barack Obama's name mentioned so many times that you might have thought he had assumed... More >>

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