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Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

After the final season of Dexter, it’s kind of hard to remember how well received this show was at first. The main title sequence was pure brilliance. Set to Rolfe Kent’s disarmingly offbeat theme, it presented Dexter’s morning routines, but in such a clever way that simple acts of cracking eggs, grinding coffee beans, shaving … Continue reading Dexter: Brother, Friend, Serial Killer

Cadillac Records

FOLLOW THE BEAT TO ITS SOURCE. In 1940s Chicago, Polish immigrant and jazz club entrepreneur Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) gets involved with a record label and starts signing black artists that will change the history of rock ‘n’ roll… Darnell Martin’s chronicle of the rise and fall of Chess Records invites us into the lives, … Continue reading Cadillac Records

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here

Be Kind Rewind

YOU NAME IT, WE SHOOT IT. When Jerry (Jack Black) becomes magnetized in an accident, every tape in his buddy’s (Mos Def) video store is destroyed; the solution could be to offer customers amateur versions of famous movies. Versatile director Michel Gondry delivers a kooky comedy that is decidedly Jack Black-ish. Results are uneven, but pretty … Continue reading Be Kind Rewind

The Woodsman

NOTHING CAN UNDO THE PAST. Walter Rossworth (Kevin Bacon), who’s just spent 12 years in prison for molesting children, comes back to his hometown a broken man trying to create a new life. Pedophilia is a challenging subject matter for someone making their first film, but director Nicole Kassel delivers a thought-provoking, intelligent drama. Bacon … Continue reading The Woodsman

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

NO BRAKES. NO BRAINS.  NASCAR champ Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) has a successful partnership with a colleague (John C. Reilly), but their friendship and NASCAR supremacy are challenged by a newly arrived French driver (Sacha Baron Cohen). The director and the star of Anchorman (2004) thrilled their fans with a film much like it. As … Continue reading Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Italian Job

GET IN. GET OUT. GET EVEN. A gang of thieves led by Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) try to steal back $35 million in gold bars from the slimeball who double-crossed them. A pretty good remake of the classic 1969 heist movie that knows what to borrow and what to change. There are slow stretches, but … Continue reading The Italian Job