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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson’s intricate mystery The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a page-turner, and the Swedish filmmakers who adapted the first book of his Millennium trilogy capture that feeling of constant forward motion in a lengthy, engrossing thriller, rearranging some of the ornate plotting while

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

During one of the many times Rob Gordon (John Cusack) directly addresses the camera in High Fidelity, he discusses the making of an effective mix tape and the appropriation of someone else’s art to express your own emotions. For Rob, that’s a telling statement. The

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Twentieth anniversaries mark the point where pop culture becomes cultural history, be it a forgettable television show or a landmark hip-hop album. Nas: Time is Illmatic feels like the reexamination of a sacred text, especially in brief testimonials – from Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, and

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Spoofing the Cold War mindset and the spy movies it spawned, French film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a cinematic bon bon with a crunchy nut at its center. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Agent 117 in the Office of Strategic Services,

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day tries mightily to capture a moment in the life of woman whose small world is spiraling out of control – and a nation on the precipice of World War II. The result is more froth than substance, although director