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Edelstein: Oz the Great and Powerful Is Peculiarly Joyless
James Franco is generally unconvincing as the title character in this 3-D prequel.
Take My Wives, Please
Albert Brooks can’t shake off his own persona in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.
Now Playing at Your Local Multiplex: Torture Porn
Why has America gone nuts for blood, guts, and sadism?
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Losing the Plot
Tristram Shandy’s a delightful work of postmodern abandon, but Manderlay is better left alone.
Boris Karloff: The Monster Who Would Tuck You in at Night
Young at Heart
Jonathan Demme syncs up perfectly with Neil Young. Plus: Harrison Ford as Indiana Cybergeek, and Soderbergh’s wobbly Bubble.
From Russia With Blood
The vampire thriller Night Watch is both hard and fun to follow. Plus: Oh, non, it’s Steve Martin’s Clouseau.
A Black-and-White Movie
The racial drama Freedomland is heavy-handed yet wrenching. Plus: Better living through amnesia!
Our Men in Bolivia
A very inside look at James Carville & Co.’s tragic electioneering. Plus: Bruce Willis, bleary action star.
The Pre-Show Game
New York’s David Edelstein and Hollywood’s Lynda Obst engage in their annual dissection of the Oscars.
Los Space Invaders
Duck Season’s a Mexican hangout movie with two extra guests. Plus: Colin and Salma’s insult-fest.
Oscar Party Crashers
New York critic David Edelstein and Hollywood producer Lynda Obst on the one big surprise of the evening.
V for Vendetta is a welcome blast of pop subversion. And Spike Lee finally delivers a joint worth savoring.
What Fresh Hell Is This?
A documentary about a very troubled musician asks if artists always have to tango with the devil.
Money Changes Everything
Director Nicole Holofcener takes on another taboo topic. Plus: Basic Instinct 2 pleasures itself, but not you.
Ready for Her Close-Ups
Gretchen Mol makes a long-overdue comeback in the semi-parodic—but never camp—Bettie Page.
The clumsy farce American Dreamz takes a swing at some worthy targets, but ends up flat on its face.
The Close-Up Is Her Voodoo
What makes Julia Roberts the ultimate movie star—and how is that different from being an actress? Reflections on a Hollywood career and a Broadway debut.
Should Hollywood be in the 9/11 business? Only if it can make movies like United 93.