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2010 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • Wings of Desire

    published December 30, 2010

    In 1952, Manoel de Oliveira sketched a fable of impossible longing that became, finally, The Strange Case of Angelica. Though the... More >>

  • The Focker Gang's All Here

    published December 23, 2010

    Just in time for the whole family to file into the multiplex on a silent Christmas night, when there’s nowhere else to go: a return to the... More >>

  • Life On Narnia

    published December 9, 2010

    A massive project, taken up lightly by Disney in the giddy post-Lord of the Rings atmosphere and dropped upon failing to return the... More >>

  • Capturing the Dursts

    published December 2, 2010

    Generously bankrolled (then shelved) by an imperiled Weinstein Co. and peopled with Oscar® nominees, it’s tempting to call All... More >>

  • Blood Simple

    published September 30, 2010

    An orphan for all practical purposes, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has been left to sprout like a weed. At home, he gets sparse recognition... More >>

  • 'Wall Street' Bailout

    published September 23, 2010

    Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps doesn’t have the clean, fable-like arc of its predecessor, the tale of the Fox... More >>

  • Ben Affleck: Townie Made Good

    published September 16, 2010

    Directing himself as a verifiable big-movie lead after some time in supporting-actor Triple-A ball, director/star Ben Affleck models a full... More >>

  • 'The Romantics' Prove Romance Is Dead

    published September 9, 2010

    As Galt Niederhoffer’s comedy of no manners begins, seven college friends, now closing in on their 30s, come together for the wedding of... More >>

  • 'The Last Exorcism' Twists the Demon Genre

    published August 26, 2010

    With a small, well-chosen cast; sly script; and slippery, ambivalent characters, The Last Exorcism gives a welcome twist to the... More >>

  • Sly and the Family Stallone

    published August 12, 2010

    “If the money’s right, we don’t care where the job is.” So explains the leader of hired-gun task force the Expendables,... More >>

  • Cop Out

    published August 5, 2010

    After obligatory helicopter views of New York’s skyline open Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, we’re introduced to Danson... More >>

  • Dream a Little Dream of 'Inception'

    published July 15, 2010

    Inception is a chilling trip into the psyche . . . of writer/director Christopher Nolan, an Anglo-American action director who... More >>

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    published June 10, 2010

    Like its predecessor, 2010’s Harald Zwart–directed The Karate Kid begins with an uprooting. Young Dre Parker (Jaden Smith)... More >>

  • Bringing Up Baby

    published June 3, 2010

    Though Sundance-screened and sporting an upscale cast, writer/director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice has a mad-science quality. He has... More >>

  • 'Iron Man 2' Was Built to Last

    published May 6, 2010

    As Iron Man 2 begins, Tony Stark—mechanical genius, Forbes 400 perennial, pop-star CEO of Stark Industries—has dropped any... More >>

  • Love and Angst In 'Remember Me'

    published March 11, 2010

    Putatively a new romance starring Robert Pattinson, Remember Me begins like a vigilante movie: a Brooklyn subway platform in 1991, a... More >>

  • Stuck on 'Shutter Island'

    published February 18, 2010

    Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, a florid art shocker that Paramount welcomed into the world with the strained enthusiasm of a... More >>

  • Cowboy Diplomacy From Our Man In Paris, John Travolta

    published February 4, 2010

    ReviewYippee Ki Yay, Fils de Putain! Cowboy diplomacy from our man in Paris, John TravoltaAs personal assistant... More >>

  • Mel Gibson Gets Some Kind of Revenge with Semi-Successful 'Edge of Darkness'

    published January 28, 2010

    Back From the Edge?Mel Gibson gets some kind of revenge with a semi-successful vigilante... More >>

  • Despite Its Made-For-TV Feel, 'Extraordinary Measures' Works On Its Own Terms

    published January 28, 2010

    A Measured SuccessDespite its made-for-TV feel, Extraordinary Measures works on its own... More >>

  • The Postapocalyptic Theology In 'The Book of Eli' Is a Little Warped

    published January 14, 2010

    Kicking Ass for JesusThe Book of Eli’s post-apocalyptic theology is a little warpedDirectors Allen... More >>

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