On paper, this reads like a movie I’d absolutely love: Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in an epic WWII-era romance directed by Joe Wright, who brought the oft-filmed old chestnut Pride & Prejudice to the screen in an exciting and refreshing new way. Sign me up! Unfortunately, while it does contain many flashes of greatness, …

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The Invasion

How did they screw up this movie? You’ve got hot stars (Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, fresh from his star-making turn as James Bond), you’ve got a creative and respected European director (Oliver Hirschbiegel, who made the Oscar-winning Downfall), and a tried-and-true plot that has already spawned two classic films called Invasion of the Body …

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As in, quasi-pornographic gore and whole-hog blood and guts. Full throttle. Up close. Thirty feet high and in stereo-surround sound. For almost two hours and twenty minutes. Needless to say, those with delicate constitutions may wish to think twice before queuing up for tickets, and those expecting a thoughtful examination of the Mayan culture should …

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Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is obviously a man exploding with talent and passion. He works wonders with actors, and he tends to infuse his tales with a relentless intensity. Amores Perros was his impressive debut, followed by the overly ambitious 21 Grams, which was still admirable. Now he comes forth with perhaps his most accessible …

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Akeelah and the Bee

The day I write this, Akeelah and the Bee has an 84% postive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which basically makes me look like the biggest ass on the planet. “Winning!”, “Heartwarming”, “The feel-good movie of the year!”, “Can you say T-H-E-B-E-S-T-M-O-V-I-E-E-V-E-R-O-H-M-Y-G-O-D?!?!?” And I’m not really exaggerating that much. But the thing is, you can take …

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