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Crazy, Stupid, Love

The perfect Summer rom-com
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

I like marriage. I do. At least in theory. I am unmarried, myself. But my parents are married. My friends are married. It seems like a good deal. So why is it that more and more, I find myself rooting against marriages when I watch them on film? In real life, whether divorce re-invigorates miserable people is situational. As movies go, for better or worse, it usually frees them. I’m not ... more >

A Midsummers Family Comedy with a Twist of Lemon

 [rating=2] Does the American family need a viable father figure again? A comedy focusing on a lesbian-headed family, “The Kids Are Alright” asks that question, whether writer-director Lisa Cholodenko knows it or not. And it seems to say so, before it changes its mind and says no. I don’t know, and I’m not sure the film does, either. Joni (“Alice in Wonderland” star Mia Wasikowska) and ... more >

Atom Egoyans Chloe

 [rating=1] Does a director as normally triumphant as Atom Egoyan deserve diatribes for a rare, but major, misstep? In the case of something as bad as "Chloe," the answer is yes. Egoyan has a knack for making convoluted stories flow, a skill that's all the more riveting because he often jumbles them into random order. The 1997 Russell Banks adaptation "The Sweet Hereafter" captures the ... more >