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The Lincoln Lawyer

Matthew McConaughey wants to show you his legal briefs.


Thriller

Doug Bentin
Ever since the glory days of “Perry Mason,” I’ve been a sucker for stories about slick lawyers who live along the thin line of professional ethics, sometimes on one side, sometimes on the other.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Jane Eyre

A good adaptation of one of world literature’s essential novels


Drama

Doug Bentin
Perhaps the reason so many adult women became enthralled by the romance of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan is because they never read “Jane Eyre,” which could reasonably be called “Twilight” for grown-ups.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Source Code

Can’t save the world in eight minutes? Try, try again, posits ‘Source Code,’ a mind-bender that keeps you guessing.


Thriller

Doug Bentin
In order to enjoy “Source Code” to its fullest, stay alert — not always a necessity with thrillers. This time, if you snooze, you lose.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

Perhaps plotting a course for reinvention, Matthew McConaughey drives ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ a solid legal thriller.


Drama

Doug Bentin
Ever since the glory days of “Perry Mason,” I’ve been a sucker for stories about slick lawyers who live along the thin line of professional ethics, sometimes on one side, sometimes on the other.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Red Riding Hood

The freakazoid love child of Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer


Horror

Doug Bentin
You’ll have no one to blame but yourself if you become stupid because of “Red Riding Hood.”
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dogtooth

Remarkable.


Drama

Doug Bentin
In “Dogtooth,” a remarkable, absurdist dark comedy from Greece, the meaning of every plot turn and character is up for grabs.
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Machete


Action

Doug Bentin
Let’s go slumming.
 
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Little Fockers


Comedy

Doug Bentin
Here’s what “Little Fockers” needed: to get rid of all the characters but Greg Focker (Ben Stiller, “Greenberg”) and Jack Byrns (Robert De Niro, “Machete”).
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gulliver's Travels


Comedy

Doug Bentin
I’ve been suspicious for some time, but now it’s official: I am tired of Jack Black’s overaged rocker shtick. Sorry, Jethro, but you can be too old to be a rock ’n’ roll doofus, and Black is.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TRON: Legacy


Science Fiction

Doug Bentin
Disney’s ‘TRON: Legacy,’ a sequel to a movie that wasn’t crying for one, needs a good, strong reboot itself.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Tourist


Action

Doug Bentin
Strangers on a train Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp meet cute in ‘The Tourist.’ May we see your vacation photos, please?
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

 
Thursday, September 30, 2010

'The Killer Inside Me' returns to Oklahoma as an on-demand movie carried by an effectively sadistic Casey Affleck


Music

Doug Bentin
Director Michael Winterbottom ("A Mighty Heart") has been accused of going over the top in "The Killer Inside Me" with its two protracted scenes of violence against women.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amateur musicians vie for a title in 'They Came to Play,' a documentary that explores competition


Music

Doug Bentin
They Came to Play is a sly title. The movie isn't about sports, as is implied. Rather, it's about people with a competitive spirit that, while not duplicating that of the big-time athlete, suggests ...
 
Thursday, June 24, 2010
 
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