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Films That Will Not Be Opening This Summernew

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Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  05-24-2012  |  Movies

Documentary as Aggressionnew

'A Film Unfinished' examines how the Nazis turned one of their atrocities into a reality show.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  10-21-2010  |  Reviews

Characters Sans Characternew

'Animal Kingdom' presents gangsters in a whole new light: as extremely boring.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  09-30-2010  |  Reviews

Going-Out Partynew

Get Low is an interesting sort of mystery film, because, unlike the standard mystery movie, the question is not "who dunnit?" but "what done he did?" Robert Duvall stars as Felix Bush, an ornery old hermit who, like all the best ornery old hermits, lives on the outskirts of a small town in 1930s Tennessee...
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  08-25-2010  |  Reviews

Swedish Suspensenew

Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's crime novels are now so popular that, to the surprise of snooty Europeans, actual Americans have been found reading them, in spite of the fact that the novels are written in words However, for the true American, only moving, talking pictures are a fit form of entertainment...
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  08-12-2010  |  Reviews

Eric Who?new

If you're a huge Eric Cantona fan, you're not going to want to miss Looking for Eric, which may be the best Eric Cantona-oriented movie of the last five years If, like the vast majority of the human race, you've never heard of Eric Cantona, and wouldn't care about him even if you did know what he was famous for, then Looking for Eric might be a harder sell...
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  07-28-2010  |  Reviews

Animation With Stylenew

While reviewing a film, I like to point out that only a certain subset of the population will enjoy it. For example, if it's something like Saw or Hostel, then I assume that John Yoo and Jay Bybee will want to see it; if it's Sex and the City 2, then I urge paleontologists to give it a look. But with The Secret of Kells, it's hard to imagine who wouldn't want to see it. Maybe the Amish? But other than them, and those incapable of appreciating beauty, everyone will love The Secret of Kells. The film was nominated for
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  06-02-2010  |  Reviews

Conservatives and Cashnew

Casino Jack weaves a lot of details into its impressive telling of the Jack Abramoff story.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  05-25-2010  |  Reviews

'Death at a Funeral' is a Tragic Remakenew

Unless you're dying to see James Marsden's ass, there's no reason to see Death at a Funeral.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  04-22-2010  |  Reviews

'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': A Fast-Paced Investigationnew

At 2 1/2 hours, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo flies by, thanks to tension and a compelling narrative.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  04-08-2010  |  Reviews

Emotion Exposed! Noah Baumbach's 'Greenberg'new

Noah Baumbach twists a clich├ęd romance-movie trope to make it seem new again with Greenberg.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  03-25-2010  |  Reviews

For This Werner Herzog Film, the Title Says It Allnew

Werner Herzog uses an amateurish script and bizarre acting to create a film that makes it seem like he lost a bet.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  03-17-2010  |  Reviews

'The White Ribbon' is Impressive but Not Necessarily Enjoyablenew

The film The White Ribbon follows the recollections of a schoolteacher (played by Christian Friedel as a young man, and Ernst Jacobi in voiceover narration) who looks back some 50 years to a time just before World War I, when he worked in the small German village of Eichwald.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  02-24-2010  |  Reviews

'The Last Station' an Amusing, Breast-Filled Romantic Comedynew

It's as though modern breasts are sleazy and exploitive, but period breasts enlighten our moral conscience. Strangely, audiences that get picky about the historical accuracy of sets and costumes never complain about an anachronistic bosom.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  02-17-2010  |  Reviews

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