The Girl in the Spider’s Web

In this outing, Claire Foy slips (unconvincingly) into goth über-hacker Lisbeth’s tats and piercings, lacking any of the edge with which Noomi Rapace infused the character in the original Girl films. Where Rapace’s Lisbeth – and even, to some extent, Rooney Mara’s later, if less-successful, interpretation of the character – was all unflinchingly steely determination …

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The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

It is hard to say if The Girl Who Played with Fire stands alone narratively from the über-popular book and movie of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. That story established Lisbeth Salander as an introverted, whip-smart, troubled young woman screwed by the establishment, who absolutely refused to be a victim of her …

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an intriguing if kind of by-the-book (no pun intended) crime story. The plot itself is gripping, but it is the story-behind-the-story that helped catapult the book into an international sensation. The first book in a trilogy, it was written by author and journalist Stieg Larsson, who died before …

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Steve Jobs

Was Apple’s founder and figurehead Steve Jobs a master strategist? A tech visionary? A bullying boss? A douchebag ex? A deadbeat dad? Steve Jobs, the film, argues all of the above about Steve Jobs, the man. Framed in three real-time-ish parts, the story takes us behind the scenes of three product launch events (in 1984, …

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Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a sweet, gentle man who excels at a job that is perfect for sweet, gentle people. In this very near-future world, Theodore works at a Hallmark-ish company that will dictate and generate hand-written personal correspondence between you and whomever you wish (for a small fee, of course). It’s so personal, that …

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