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Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class was a bad movie, which is sad, because there's some groundwork for a very good one. Read More »

The High Cost of Ignorance: Education and Information Flow

Responding to Dave Eggers on education reform and the lessons of military thinking. Read More »

Movie Review: Splice

Splice is a smart, claustrophobic film that balances an array of dramatic parts in service to a powerful whole. Read More »

Movie Review: Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 is successful despite some unnecessary baggage squeezed into the plot Read More »

Movie Review: Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass is a comic book fantasy that succeeds as mindless action, but stumbles when it tries to be something else. Read More »

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland: no masterpiece, but Burton clearly had fun making it, so I think I can enjoy it, too. Read More »

Movie Review: Shutter Island

Shutter Island hits hard, with Martin Scorsese skillfully maneuvering some dark psychological terrain Read More »

Movie Review: The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman does some things well, but it blows its core function: creating a werewolf we can take seriously. Read More »

Movie Review: The Shinjuku Incident

Jackie Chan's new "serious" film, The Shinjuku Incident, is ruthless, but compelling and effective. Read More »

Movie Review: Daybreakers

The is an amazing movie hidden inside Daybreakers, if you just know where to look for it. Read More »