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07.07.2014 | | Posted at 10:09 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Cesar Chavez didn’t chase his own “dream,” the proudly stated goal of self-interested folks nowadays, but pursued a more fulfilling calling: justice for people who had none. Specifically: the farm workers of California, the people who bend over and pick the lettuce for our salads and the grapes for our domestic wine. In the early 1960s when Chavez began organizing them in...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 The first sign of trouble on moving day: the family dog refuses to come inside. The second: discovering the boarded-up entrance to a disused cellar. It was downhill from there for the unfortunate family that purchased
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
 When his credit suddenly goes south, middle-aged Sandy (Jason Bateman) learns his identity has been stolen. He tracks down the culprit 2,000 miles away in Miami. She's Diana (Melissa McCarthy), living high on the hog. The cops have neither the staff nor the inclination to bring her in
Monday, March 30, 2009

Being Buck Howard

In recent years John Malkovich has starred in a run of quirky little indie movies, most designed at least in part around the quirks of his haughty, disdainful persona. Being Malkovich has been its own reward, but also perhaps a trap for the talented actor. In The Great Buck Howard, Malkovich expands beyond his norm. To be sure, the familiar studied air of superiority, the supercilious glare, remain. But in The Great Buck Howard Malkovich...
11.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Angelina Jolie has climbed a long way up from her days as a Tomb Raider. Nowadays her roles usually demand acting. In Changeling, she plays Christine Collins, a mother whose panic quietly overtakes her denial when her nine-year old son doesn�t run to greet her when she comes home. Her face registers the gathering unease as she calls out his name, going room by empty room before the realization...
09.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
After winning Oscars with the unrelentingly grim No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers lighten up a little for Burn After Reading. Their new film traverses territory more familiar to the filmmakers. Here, death doesn�t descend in the form of an enigmatic hit man who tosses coins for the lives he encounters. Death just happens. Mordantly humorous but seldom laugh out loud, Burn After Reading ...
02.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
John Malkovich is everyone�s idea of a decadent, slightly dangerous aesthete. He brought this persona to its sharpest point as the cultured American expatriate killer in the little seen Ripley�s Game and as the Faustian German filmmaker F.W. Murnau in Shadow of the Vampire. He was cast by director Raul Ruiz as the titular figure in Klimpt, a film (out now on DVD) about one of the titans of Vienn...