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2011 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • A One-man Show of Mexican Cartel Horror Stories in El Sicario, Room 164

    published December 28, 2011

    To follow news of the Mexican cartel wars is to perpetually learn anew of the worst thing you have ever heard of: the village-size mass graves,... More >>

  • Angels Crest

    published December 28, 2011

    Angels Crest doesn't have a single moment of feeling that punctures the "well-made" production, but what it lacks in palpable pain, it... More >>

  • Some Nouns, Some Verbs, and 9/11: Milking Tragedy in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    published December 21, 2011

    Director Stephen Daldry has never met a Big Theme he didn't like: After 2002's The Hours, a lugubrious women's-problem picture touching... More >>

  • Boy Reporter, Back for New Adventures in Spielberg's Tintin

    published December 21, 2011

    Steven Spielberg's motion-captured, 3-D The Adventures of Tintin rolls together plot elements from three comic-book tales starring... More >>

  • A Bond Makeover for Sherlock Holmes in Game of Shadows

    published December 14, 2011

    Although supplying boy's adventure thrills on the side, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are remarkable for how they make the... More >>

  • Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

    published December 14, 2011

    Bio-doc Corman's World examines the maverick legacy of Roger Corman, who made his reputation, such as it is, beginning in the '50s as... More >>

  • Cook County

    published December 14, 2011

    One's tolerance for Cook County, a dysfunctional family melodrama set amid the chaos of a family home/meth lab in East Texas, is... More >>

  • Sleepless Night Stories

    published December 14, 2011

    Jonas Mekas, 88-year-old Lithuanian-American poet, filmmaker, co-founder of Anthology Film Archives, and all-around proselytizer for the... More >>

  • Man on a Mission

    published December 14, 2011

    For 15 years and now four sequels, Tom Cruise has pilgrimaged regularly to the Mission: Impossible franchise. Like a Hindu’s... More >>

  • John Hurt Never Had Any Ambition, and Other Good Stuff

    published December 7, 2011

    One of the most accomplished (and most steadily-employed) English actors of his generation, John Hurt is known for his droll Quentin Crisp,... More >>

  • Khodorkovsky

    published November 30, 2011

    "In all my human rights work, this is the first time I've defended a capitalist," says a Hague lawyer of the unlikeliest of political martyrs,... More >>

  • Under Control

    published November 30, 2011

    Formalist documentary Under Control, Volker Sattel's portfolio of widescreen images taken at a series of Deutschland's nuclear power... More >>

  • Outrage

    published November 30, 2011

    Takeshi Kitano's latest finds the actor-director returning to the familiar terrain of the yakuza film after recent farces (Achilles and the... More >>

  • For Shame: Our 10 Favorite Swinging Dicks of Films Past

    published November 30, 2011

    The movies are full of bed-hopping men—think of Humphrey Bogart’s serial flirtations in The Big Sleep (1946) and Richard... More >>

  • Caitlin Plays Herself

    published November 30, 2011

    Joe Swanberg’s films combine a Midwestern male’s fear of anything exceptional with pasty exhibitionism. They tend to feature... More >>

  • Edward Yang, Urban Dweller

    published November 23, 2011

    Edwards Yang’s seventh and final feature, 2000’s Yi Yi, was the only to receive U.S. distribution—but even if Yi... More >>

  • Arthur Christmas

    published November 23, 2011

    The animated, 3-D Arthur Christmas introduces three generations of St. Nick’s family: Weedy retired Grandsanta (voiced by Bill Nighy,... More >>

  • Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    published November 23, 2011

    Watching the succession of talking-head testimonials by former disciples of Chogyam Trungpa that comprise Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of... More >>

  • Romantics Anonymous

    published November 23, 2011

    Romantics Anonymous is about the private comfort of sweets, and, as a romance that gently coddles the fantasies of shut-ins, it is the... More >>

  • The Lie

    published November 16, 2011

    Lonnie (writer-director Joshua Leonard) and wife, Clover (Jess Weixler), are ex-idealists—we know this because she wears a Crass... More >>

  • The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

    published November 16, 2011

    The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch is based on a Belgian comic book originally begun in the 1970s. It must be that the film’s murky,... More >>

  • In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery

    published November 16, 2011

    Documentary In Heaven Underground offers a history of Jewish life in Berlin as seen through Weissensee, “the largest active Jewish... More >>

  • Rid of Me

    published November 16, 2011

    A movie whose first five minutes contain a woman having menstrual blood rubbed on her face in a grocery store, a sub–Terrence Malick... More >>

  • Happy Feet Two

    published November 16, 2011

    Mumble, the hoofing emperor penguin from the first Happy Feet (voiced again by Elijah Wood), now struggles to make a fatherly impression on... More >>

  • The Greening of Whitney Brown

    published November 9, 2011

    Tween Whitney Brown (Sammi Hanratty) is at the top of the food chain at her Philadelphia prep school—class president, a date for the formal... More >>

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