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John Barry: License to Thrill

If the success of multiple lousy “franchises” is any indication, moviegoers can be conditioned to salivate on cue—and nothing made us drool like the James Bond theme of John Barry, who died yesterday at age 77.

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Edelstein on 2012

"'2012' rides in on and reinforces an especially idiotic wave of evangelical doomsday predictions with supposed roots in the Mayan calendar, and it’s too trivial to live."

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Edelstein on Polanski

"Now, there will be a lot of grandstanding by idiots, who will say that Polanski is worse than the likes of Peter Braunstein and should be thrown in prison for the remainder of his life."

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Edelstein on Moore

"It's sprawling, scattershot, sniggery, and, in one instance, exploitative. It's brazenly one-sided. But ..."

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Edelstein on Swayze

"In 'Dirty Dancing,' Swayze combined brawny physicality and feline grace in a way that made millions of women (and a lot of men) weak in the knees."

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Edelstein on Hughes

"Of all the big, commercially successful American auteurs, he has always seemed to me the most mysterious, the most conflicted, the most unfulfilled."

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Edelstein Unabridged

You've read David Edelstein's reviews of 'Harry Potter 6' and '(500) Days of Summer' — but have you read them with footnotes?

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Downey’s Douchiness Reconsidered

"It's easier to see why Robert Downey Jr. bristled when asked what his character in 'Tropic Thunder' would say about Jamie Foxx’s performance as the brilliant cellist Nathaniel Ayers."

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