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Dan Kois

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Review

The single advantage the awful Twilight movies have over Stephenie Meyer’s awful-but-gripping novels is that, unlike the books' sad sack, movie Bella Swan is a spiky, populist heroine. On film, Kristen Stewart beautifully underplays (or, for all I know, overplays to the absolute peak of her abilities) Bella’s deadpan ordinariness,......

50/50 Review

One scene captures the tricky tonal balance of cancer comedy 50/50. Adam, the straightedge radio producer played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has just finished his first round of chemo. It was tough, but the kindly gents IV'd next to him made it easier by sharing their pot brownies. As the Bee......

TANGLED

GO  TANGLED "Great," sighs the wicked witch in Tangled, a CG-animated spin on the Rapunzel story, "now I'm the bad guy." Mother Gothel, the frizzy-haired, sharp-featured enchantress with the inimitable voice of Donna Murphy, is Disney's first villainess whose chief crime is being an underminer, and the heroine of Disney's......
Threesome: Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The End Is Near

A teenage witch stands trembling behind her unsuspecting mother and father, wand raised. Obliviate, she whispers, and her parents' eyes go glassy, their memories erased. On the mantel, the girl's image disappears from the family's photos. Blinking back tears, she walks into the street, the link between herself and her......

FOUR LIONS

GO  FOUR LIONS It would be unwise to consider Four Lions a movie that has much to say about radical Islam or the threat of terrorism. Instead, think of Four Lions as Airheads, except that instead of the idiots wanting to get their song played on the radio, the idiots......

127 HOURS

GO  127 HOURS Watch what James Franco — actor/sleepy grad student/tepid writer/viral video comedian/conceptual artist/aficionado of gender fuckery — can accomplish when he actually focuses for a couple of weeks. In Danny Boyle's latest, Franco plays Aron Ralston, who in 2003 cut off his arm after being stuck for five......

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS Kristen Stewart's not exactly playing a hooker with a heart of gold in Jake Scott's underwritten Welcome to the Rileys, but she is playing a hooker, named Mallory, and the movie's got something to do with her heart — though a lot more to do with......

WILD TARGET

WILD TARGET The whole time I was watching Wild Target, I was trying to figure out just how to explain its weirdly old-fashioned comedic tone. I could talk about its absurd plot, which has fastidious assassin Victor Maynard — played by Bill Nighy with a center part, silly mustache and......

FREAKONOMICS

FREAKONOMICS A quartet of uneven TV pilots posing as a full-length documentary, Seth Gordon's anthology Freakonomics pulls case studies from Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt's best-selling book of pop-math and hands them over to famous doc filmmakers to make their own. Gordon (King of Kong) knits together the resulting shorts......