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The 84th Academy Awards nominations—uneventful, for the most part

By Hiram Lee, January 25, 2012

The 84th annual Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles. Few of the films have anything substantial to say about real life.

David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Hiram Lee, January 6, 2012

Prominent American director David Fincher returns with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s popular crime novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Moneyball, and the uneven playing field of professional sports

By Hiram Lee, October 28, 2011

Filmmaker Bennett Miller turns a critical eye on the American professional sports industry in Moneyball.

Contagion, the latest from Steven Soderbergh

By Hiram Lee, September 26, 2011

Steven Soderbergh returns with a film about a mass epidemic caused by a mysterious new disease and the social panic that follows.

Captain America returns to battle

By Hiram Lee, August 13, 2011

Comic book hero Captain America comes to the big screen in the latest of Hollywood’s blockbuster superhero movies.

From Shakespeare to comic books: Kenneth Branagh directs Thor

By Hiram Lee, May 26, 2011

Thor, directed by actor-director Kenneth Branagh, is this year’s first blockbuster comic book movie.

Source Code and Hanna—two new Hollywood thrillers

By Hiram Lee, May 3, 2011

Source Code and Hanna are among the most recent and, unfortunately, most typical of Hollywood thrillers.

Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon, dead at 86

By Hiram Lee, April 20, 2011

American filmmaker Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and Serpico, died April 9 at the age of 86.

Dealing with tragedy and grief in the Rabbit Hole

By Hiram Lee, February 19, 2011

A married couple tries to put their lives back together following the tragic death of their son in John Cameron Mitchell’s new film Rabbit Hole.

True Grit, a revenge tale from the Coen brothers

By Hiram Lee, January 25, 2011

The Coen brothers have returned with a remake of the 1969 western True Grit.

The Tourist, an artist on vacation from serious work

By Hiram Lee, December 28, 2010

The Tourist is the latest film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose The Lives of Others won international acclaim in 2007.

Hereafter: Another strangely unaffecting film from Clint Eastwood

By Hiram Lee, December 8, 2010

Clint Eastwood’s latest film tells the story of three people whose lives have been touched by death and who must struggle to cope with personal tragedy.