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Detroit

Detroit

The simplicity of Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is its best and worst quality. Her direction has such clarity and power that the chaos and brutality of 50 years ago is vivid and immediate.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

None of the three major media stories that Brian Knappenberger explores in his facile documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press gets the in-depth coverage it deserves, and that’s by design.

The Adderall Diaries

The Adderall Diaries

In this sketchy adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s The Adderall Diaries, James Franco portrays the author as fabulist and dilettante. Franco alternates between flighty entitlement and tortured preening as a literary star whose bestsellers detail his abuse, addiction, and institutionalization.

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

Not since Clueless has a movie gone so far to try and reverse a negative female stereotype. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a prototypical ditzy blonde, well-versed in the art of good grooming and casual California exhibitionism, but hopelessly out of her depth when it

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

The story of Gustav Klimt’s painting The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (confiscated by Nazis, displayed as Austria’s Mona Lisa in a Vienna museum, test case in the law granting reparations to Jewish descendants) has already been detailed in articles, a book, and several documentaries. What