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2012 Premier

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on December 2009 Hollywood loves destroying the world, and over the next few months, good old Earth is in for some major catastrophes on the big screen. The first, 2012, is a $200 million epic directed…

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Up

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on December 2009 One of the best things about Pixar animations is their refusal to pander to children. Or to talk down to them. Oh, there’s plenty of color and activity for the tykes to enjoy,…

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Capitalism: A Love Story

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on December 2009 “I refuse to live in a country like this,” says Michael Moore in his most impassioned op-ed rave since 1989’s Roger and Me, “And I’m not leaving.” Here he posits that capitalism in…

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The Informant!

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on December 2009 Steven Soderbergh’s take on the mostly true story of an erratic corporate whistleblower who’s hilariously unable to tell the truth, or even to stop talking, stars a slyly comic Matt Damon in a…

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What We Do Is Secret

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on December 2009 Dramatized fake doc on the life and death of Darby Crash, frontman for LA punk band The Germs, is more concerned with the lyricist’s fall than his rise, and fails to explain to…

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Nakinagara Ikite

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 The direct translation of Nakinagara Ikite is “living while crying,” and at times it seems this film’s raison d’etre is to make everyone in it, and the audience, break down in tears. That…

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Up

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 Pixar has been a force for innovation in the animation industry, and the studio’s latest film, Up (titled Uncle Carl’s Flying Home for Japan), is no exception. Yet beyond the outstanding animation and…

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Infestation

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 This little comedy-horror creature feature is not a great movie. But I enjoyed it more than the ’tweener vampire installment, the Spanish slasher, or the lame romantic comedy that also open this week….

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Paintball

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 Bunch of paintballers sign on for an expensive European competition and have a bit of moronic fun until, inevitably because it’s a movie, they discover that someone out there is using real bullets….

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The Rebound

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 Though hard to find, there are some good romantic comedies out there. This is not one of them. It probably looked better on paper, and Catherine Zeta-Jones likely saw a challenge in the…

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 I’m at a distinct not-give-a-crap disadvantage with this juiceless, fun-free, mope-fest first sequel in a ’tweener “saga” that wanders somewhat more than the Aeneid. If this were the first movie, there wouldn’t be…

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