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    print this article ARCHIVES . Articles September 9–16, 1999 movie shorts Stir of Echoes by Cindy Fuchs “You’re not supposed to mesmerize someone who’s been drinking.” So warns Lisa (Illeana Douglas), when her brother-in-law Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) asks her to hypnotize him. Being hardheaded, a little bored with his working-class life,...

    • Jan 21, 2022
  • Review: 2 Guns

    City Paper grade: B- Baltasar Kormákur’s adaptation of Steven Grant’s graphic novel has light touches of anti-big-gov sentiment, but it’s mostly a vehicle for two veteran action motormouths to jab jaws at each other between emptying clips. Paired off in the timeless Lethal Weapon/48 Hrs. greased-lightning-dialogue tradition, Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) are...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Review: ‘Goodnight Mommy’

    Much more clever in concept than execution, Austrian import Goodnight Mommy is one of those thrillers at least partially done in by its own hype. Its supremely creepy trailer, circulated online among heavy-breathing horror fans hungry for the next Them, oversells a gorgeous but predictable setup whose innovations are strictly aesthetic. Played...

    • Sep 30, 2015
  • What passed the screen test at the Toronto International Film Fest

    The most startling of the festival’s official premieres was Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa. There are years when a single movie takes ahold of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with such force that the rest of the festival seems to bend around it, as if warped by its gravity. And...

    • Sep 23, 2015
  • REVIEW: ‘Queen of Earth’

    Audiences introduced to Main Line-raised Alex Ross Perry by the acid literary comedy Listen Up Philip may find themselves overwhelmed by its successor, a claustrophobic chamber drama in which Elisabeth Moss pitches into mental breakdown. Although it evokes evanescent predecessors from Polanski’s Repulsion to Altman’s Images, Queen of Earth is more grounded in...

    • Sep 10, 2015
  • Review: ‘Best of Enemies’

    “There are two things you never turn down: sex and appearing on television.” That painfully American quote, from Gore Vidal, wouldn’t be out of place on the poster for Best of Enemies, which traces the genesis of small-screen punditry back to a series of brutal and surreal debates between Vidal and William...

    • Aug 13, 2015
  • Review: ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

    In his pressed-and-starched adaptation of the ’60s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie fox-trots through the Cold War like a politician breezing by a cocktail party, having the appropriate amount of fun for someone who does not intend to stay and help clean up after. Though nuclear warheads and global crime...

    • Aug 13, 2015
  • Review: ‘The End of the Tour’

    Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in The End of the Tour Watching The End of the Tour requires first confronting the fact that David Foster Wallace, here portrayed by Jason Segel during a three-day interview with Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), would not have wanted the film to exist. Wallace’s...

    • Aug 13, 2015

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