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  • Review: 'The First Basket'

    Review: 'The First Basket'

    The story of how basketball helped young Jewish immigrants assimilate at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Review: 'Synecdoche, New York'

    Review: 'Synecdoche, New York'

    A great incomprehensible phantasmagoria of a film written by Charlie Kaufman and set in a New York warehouse.

  • Review: 'Changeling'

    Review: 'Changeling'

    True story of a mother whose son goes missing lacks some of the passion of Angelina Jolie's earlier performances.

  • Review: 'I've Loved You So Long'

    Review: 'I've Loved You So Long'

    Kristen Scott Thomas perfectly captures the despairing resilience of a woman released from prison after 15 years.

  • Review: 'Pride and Glory'

    Review: 'Pride and Glory'

    Drama about familial strife in the New York City Police Department has a powerhouse cast.

  • Review: 'W.'

    Review: 'W.'

    Rushed out before Election Day, Oliver Stone's biographical take on the president offers no new insight into George W.

  • Review: 'The Secret Life of Bees'

    Review: 'The Secret Life of Bees'

    Set in South Carolina during the 1960s, 'Bees' tackles racism and redemption but slips over the sappiness line.

  • Review: 'What Just Happened'

    Review: 'What Just Happened'

    This satire is a perfect sendup of Hollywood with a marvelous cast, including De Niro in his best performance in years.

  • Review: 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

    Review: 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

    Mike Leigh's spirited new movie about a sweet-tempered schoolteacher is both humane and real.

  • Review: 'Frontrunners'

    Review: 'Frontrunners'

    Documentary follows the insanely competitive race for student council president at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

  • Review: 'Body of Lies'

    Review: 'Body of Lies'

    This high-speed spy movie pits the CIA against Middle Eastern jihadists but resembles a trailer of itself.

  • Review: 'The Express'

    Review: 'The Express'

    The story of Ernie Davis, the first black athlete to win college football's highest trophy, is milked for inspirational uplift – and clichés.

  • Review: 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'

    Review: 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'

    Michael Cera stars in this teen love story that alternates between sweet and touching and goofball gross-out.

  • Review: 'Rachel Getting Married'

    Review: 'Rachel Getting Married'

    Wrenching family drama puts Anne Hathaway center stage as an emotional wreck who creates havoc at her sister's nuptials.

  • Review: 'Religulous'

    Review: 'Religulous'

    Bill Maher's documentary skewers religion but chooses laughable targets to make his point.

  • Review: 'Blindness'

    Review: 'Blindness'

    Set in a city where people are suddenly stricken with sightlessness, allegory never rises to level of believability.

  • From our files: A conversation with Paul Newman

    From our files: A conversation with Paul Newman

    The Monitor spoke with the late actor and director in 1981 about selecting roles, plots that challenge an audience, and journalism.

  • Review: 'Miracle at St. Anna'

    Review: 'Miracle at St. Anna'

    Spike Lee's retelling of World War II's black infantry draws on all the clichés.

  • Review: 'The Lucky Ones'

    Review: 'The Lucky Ones'

    In a plot full of glib contrivances, this home-front story of the Iraq war follows the lives of three returning vets.

  • Review: 'Choke'

    Review: 'Choke'

    Adaptation of Palahniuk novel is a dark comedy about sexual addiction and mothers and sons.