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No Concessions: Summer Shorts — “Baghead,” “Brideshead,” Etc.

Maybe I’ve been overthinking things. Worrying too much about the corrosive effects of superheroes on the cinema and all that. I did...

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No Concessions: “The Dark Knight”

Watching a superdeluxe presentation of The Dark Knight unfold across the eight-story-tall IMAX theater in Manhattan, I had a nagging...

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No Concessions: “Hellboy II” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

Like the humans who misjudge or underestimate the big red lug on the big screen, I must apologize to Hellboy. Our first encounter, in 2004,...

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No Concessions: Let’s Talk About Sex

Sex. You know you want it — and I know you’re not getting it from the movies. And I know you’re not because...

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No Concessions: Lazy-Ass Critic Watches New Movies in Bed

I have violated the covenant between reader and critic. You, the reader, expect me, the critic, to leave his home in Brooklyn, get on the...

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No Concessions: Odds and “End”

By the calendar it’s not quite summer yet, but the northeast has already wilted under August heat — and the movies already...

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No Concessions: Genghis Khan and Harlan Ellison

You can see the nominees for best foreign-language film at the Oscars coming from a kilometer away. They’re tied to some sort of...

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No Concessions: Indy (and indies)

Like Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross, I’m overjoyed to find myself on the big board, with all the cool kids who’ve written...

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No Concessions: “Prince Caspian” and “Young@Heart”

“That’s it,” said my friend, following our Monday evening screening of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian....

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No Concessions: “Speed Racer” and “Iron Man”

All I know about Speed Racer I learned as a kid, when I watched episodes of the proto-anime between spoonfuls of Cocoa Puffs. There...

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No Concessions: “Redbelt” and “The Visitor”

David Mamet can’t commit. His latest Broadway show, November, is an almost-farce in need of bigger laughs. Despite its definitive...

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No Concessions: “Then She Found Me” and “Standard Operating Procedure”

Like Hillary Clinton, Helen Hunt has always bugged me. I was never crazy about Mad About You, and while I don’t think she deserves...

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No Concessions: Ten Summer Movies You Should See Before You Die

I’ve been tasked with preparing a summer movie guide for Popdose. I haven’t done one of these since I was at the Daily...

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No Concessions: “My Blueberry Nights”

Thirty years from now, My Blueberry Nights may be considered a good film. It may even be considered a great film. Let me explain. Some...

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No Concessions: “Funny Games”

Arthouse meets grindhouse in Funny Games, and the results are no fun at all. Writer-director Michael Haneke, the Austrian provocateur...

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No Concessions: “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”

Look. I know. I hear you. You’d rather be reading about 10,000 B.C., that caveman-and-saber-tooth-tigers thing opening today....

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No Concessions: “Semi-Pro”

Much like the stupid redneck protagonist of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell’s latest sports comedy,...

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No Concessions: “Penelope”

Penelope made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The 2006 Toronto Film Festival. Not a good sign that the movie has languished this...

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No Concessions: “The Other Boleyn Girl”

For those that aren’t completely sick and tired of trashy melodramas centered on Queen Elizabeth (I and II), director Justin Chadwick...

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No Concessions: “Chicago 10”

It’s fitting that Chicago 10, a Roadside Attractions release, is opening February 29. It’s a weird, once-every-four-years day,...

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No Concessions: “Be Kind Rewind”

There was one movie that my movie critic peers and I were looking forward to seeing in these dog days of winter, and it was Be Kind Rewind,...

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No Concessions: “Vantage Point”

You have to give the makers of Vantage Point credit for one thing: what the movie lacks in plausibility, it makes up for with raw...

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No Concessions: “Charlie Bartlett”

We critics like to make a big fuss over films that have had their release dates pushed back — usually because it’s a sign of a...

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No Concessions: “In Bruges”

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is an interesting little film. It’s one part action-comedy, one-part Shakespearean tragedy, and no...

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No Concessions: “Cloverfield”

Never in my life have I been so glad that I wasn’t caught up in the hype for a film. Yes, obviously, I was aware of Cloverfield....

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No Concessions: “Juno”

Ellen Page, welcome to the show. In Juno, the Canadian actress portrays high schooler Juno MacGuff, who gets knocked up after a sexual...