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Manohla Dargis Ruins Another Summer Movie Season, Laments 'the Symbolic Phallus'

Manohla Dargis gets embarrassingly feminist and Freudian describing a scene in a new Western: "I just don't believe that scene where her character pulls out a rifle to protect the wagon train's ...

Times Finally Weighs in on 'Atlas Shrugged,' Hates It (Of Course)

Carina Chocano called the movie, based on Ayn Rand's "ham-fisted fable of laissez-faire capitalism," "rushed, amateurish and clumsy," and burdened by its libertarian ideology. Since when has a ...

Of Gods and Men

Catch the hauntingly beautiful film "Of Gods and Men," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. "Schindler's List" was aimed at your heart; "Of Gods and Men" captures your soul.

NPR Uses 'The China Syndrome,' 'On the Beach' to Hype Radiation Threat

On Monday's All Things Considered, NPR's Bob Mondello used movies about fictional nuclear disasters, such as "The China Syndrome" and "Silkwood," to play up atomic energy's hazards. Mondello ...

NYT Movie Critic Warns of the Violence Inside Critics of 'Laudable' Gay Marriage

A Times movie critic celebrates the message of a film "about double lives, the violence that can lurk inside those who cannot face themselves and the laudable quest for gay marriage in the United ...

Frank Rich Goes to the Movies, Finds Another Silly Political Metaphor

Only the overdramatic columnist Frank Rich could find a political message in a Western remake: "The double-barreled success of 'True Grit,' then and now, spreads well beyond those conservative ...

Oliver Stone Not Leftist Enough for Economics Writer Joe Nocera

"The greed that Mr. Stone so vividly conveyed in his first 'Wall Street' movie got completely out of hand. Much of the trading that went on in the prelude to the crisis was almost nihilistic, ...

Director Kazan's 'Naming Names' Lumped in With Anti-Semitism, Murder

"Naming names" as bad as exploiting teen daughters and anti-Semitism? Arts reporter Randy Kennedy ponders the evils of exposing Communists and defenders of Stalinist tyranny: "Should we think 'On ...

An Inconvenient Followup - NYT Loved Director's Al Gore Apocalypse Movie, But Finds 'Waiting for Superman' Exaggerated

The Times loved director Davis Guggenheim's Al Gore jeremiad "An Inconvenient Truth," with the Times' chief movie critic calling it "a necessary movie." But Trip Gabriel found early detractors for ...

A Conservative Movie Initiative

Hollywood director/producer Ray Griggs has made a breezy and yet substantive documtary titled "I Want Your Money" that can educate young voters on the differences between Reaganomics and Obamanomics.
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