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James Bond better than ever in ‘Skyfall’ November Issue 3 2012

James Bond better than ever in ‘Skyfall’

To borrow a line from Depeche Mode, death is everywhere in “Skyfall.” James Bond’s mortality has never been in such prominent focus, but the demise of the entire British spy game as we know it seems imminent, as well.

‘The Details’ says little new about suburbia November Issue 2 2012

‘The Details’ says little new about suburbia

In “The Details,” Dr. Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) lives in a charming suburban Seattle home with his beautiful wife, Nealy (Elizabeth Banks), and their adorable, 2-year-old son. When we first see him, he’s driving home in his Toyota Prius — which has a campaign sticker for President Obama on it, naturally — with a large, lovely plant from Trader Joe’s in the backseat.

November Issue 1 2012

‘Cloud Atlas’ is laughably self-serious

Maybe if you’re 20 years old and high in your dorm room with your friends, the platitudes presented in “Cloud Atlas” might seem profound.

Review: ‘Looper’ takes you to unexpected places October Issue 1 2012

Review: ‘Looper’ takes you to unexpected places

It’s distracting at first: the fact that you’re looking at Joseph Gordon-Levitt but he doesn’t look exactly like the Joseph Gordon-Levitt you’ve come to know and love. Aren’t his eyes brown? Isn’t his nose longer and thinner? Even the blasé smirk on his face seems like an unfamiliar expression given his usual likable, boyish cool.

August Issue 3 2012

Review: Fourth ‘Bourne’ more brainy than brawny

The fourth film in the Bourne franchise, “The Bourne Legacy,” may seem heady and intentionally disorienting and hard to follow at first — until you realize it’s really about drug addiction, and the lengths to which a junkie will go to get his fix.

Suburbia under sci-fi siege in ‘The Watch’ August Issue 1 2012

Suburbia under sci-fi siege in ‘The Watch’

Suburban paranoia can be as funny as it can be dangerous. But in “The Watch,” which was renamed from “Neighborhood Watch” to distance itself from the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida, the threat to an ordered Ohio town isn’t anything with contemporary resonance. It’s just aliens.

Review: Batman series ends as epic letdown July Issue 4 2012

Review: Batman series ends as epic letdown

Christopher Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy in typically spectacular, ambitious fashion with “The Dark Knight Rises,” but the feeling of frustration and disappointment is unshakable.

Stone back in bold form with ‘Savages’ July Issue 2 2012

Stone back in bold form with ‘Savages’

The sun, in its various hues and levels of intensity, plays an important role in Oliver Stone’s latest, “Savages.”

Review: ‘Abraham Lincoln’ a murky, joyless hunt June Issue 4 2012

Review: ‘Abraham Lincoln’ a murky, joyless hunt

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”: Those four words, strung together in that order, sound like a lot of fun, don’t they?

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