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Final Cuts: The Movies of 2011

Photo of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine.

In yesterday’s post I offered up my Top Ten films of the year. But the more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by all the worthy movies that could not quite fit into a list of ten. … Read more »

Ten Best Movies of the Year

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It’s that time of the year when film critics feel compelled to give you their Ten Best lists. I don’t seem to have time any more to crank out Netflix movie reviews, but I have managed to see 43 films … Read more »

Why Good Critics Sometimes Love Bad Movies

Photo from film Elvira Madigan

Tuesday’s post pondered a perennial predicament for movie-goers: why do good film critics make bad judgments? Bad as in wrongheaded, mistaken, ludicrously off base. Using the example of the current art-house darling Martha Marcy May Marlene, I offered a tentative … Read more »

Appreciating Pauline

Photo of Pauline Kael

Has it really been 10 years since Pauline Kael died? Yes, 10 years tomorrow, September 3, was the day we lost America’s greatest film critic. Pauline – somehow you wanted to call her Pauline – left a legion of acolytes … Read more »

Screen Gems: Dirty Filthy Love

Photo of Michael Sheen as OCD/Tourette's hero.

The British have a way of turning out great actors for all the screen types. Michael Sheen is a rare master of versatility, able to pull off a credible impersonation of everybody from Tony Blair (opposite Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth … Read more »

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Writing last time about getting rejection letters from publishers only served to remind me—as if I needed it—that even if you do get published, it’s no picnic. Every published author has horror stories—except, perhaps, for those who actually write horror … Read more »