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Sick of Myself

Sick of Myself

Signe (Kristine Kujath Thorp) is a plain jane Oslo barista who finds herself growing increasingly envious of the attention that her arrogant artist boyfriend Thomas (Eirik Sæther) is receiving, and although one of her first lines in Sick of Myself is "I'm not a narcissist", we know that's a lie, as moments later she begins her campaign to get more… read more!

Sicko

Sicko

More entertaining, angering, depressing agitprop from Michael Moore. This time he takes aim at the US health insurance industry. No surprises there: Almost every American has had some sort of nightmare story in terms of dealing with their insurance company, so it's an easy target. Yet while this is an important film to see - especially for those who mindlessly… read more!

Sideways

Sideways

The first film I know of that can be called a "wine lover's movie", Sideways is a simply told but morally complex comedy about two fortyish Southern California men – Miles (Paul Giamatti), a stifled writer, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), a floundering actor – who spend the week before Jack's gloomy-looking wedding to explore Santa Barbara County's wine region,… read more!

Signs

Signs

In the 1970s, Steven Spielberg had the market cornered on films about ordinary Middle Americans put into extraordinary situations, usually involving sharks or aliens. Then he got caught up in his obsessions with special effects and World War II, leaving the field wide open for a successor. Enter M. Night Shyamalan, a young film student who, like me, grew up… read more!

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a supposedly likable everyman suffering from bipolar disorder. Released from a psychiatric hospital into the custody of his parents (Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro, whose superstitious Pat Sr. is almost as crazy as his son), Pat is completely manic, and singularly obsessed with reconciling with his wife, whose lover he had beaten to a pulp… read more!

Simon Magus

Simon Magus

Not to be confused with the other recent art film Simon Magus, an English-language fantasy starring Noah Taylor and Ian Holm, this is yet another intriguing – and kooky – feature from one of Europe's most interesting filmmakers, Ildikó Enyedi, who made the better-known My Twentieth Century and the hard-to-find Magic Hunter, one of my favorite films of recent years.… read more!

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

Possibly the most amazing thing about The Simpsons Movie is that The Simpsons has been on TV since the late '80s, meaning that there are legal adults today who literally do not know what a life without The Simpsons is like. So it's funny that it should take so long for America's favorite dysfunctional cartoon family to hit the big… read more!

Sin City

Sin City

You won't get any argument from me that Sin City, pseudo-iconoclastic filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's cult comic book series, isn't "eye popping". Part Dick Tracy, part Pulp Fiction, part Rumble Fish, part Batman, this film is a fanboy's delight. Rodriguez found so much inspiration in Miller's stark black and white visuals that he apparently used the Sin… read more!

A Single Man

A Single Man

A couple of years ago, fashion designer Tom Ford was given the unlikely task of guest-editing Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue. The openly gay Ford infamously put himself on the cover, cavorting with a nude Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightly after Rachel McAdams backed out as the third unclothed muse. (Ford kept his suit on for the shoot.) Little did… read more!

The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

Because of its goofy title, reminiscent of costar John C. Reilly's 2008 outing Step Brothers, one might be inclined to believe that The Sisters Brothers is a comedy. That would be a mistake. Although it contains a smattering of dark humor, this film is a rambling, esoteric, occasionally brutal Western. Don't come for the laughs. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play the… read more!

Sisu

Sisu

Take a John Wick movie, place it in the Northern Finnish tundra in the year 1944, and you've got Sisu. The title is an untranslatable Finnish word meaning grit, bravery, determination, and so forth – and that's what Sisu offers, primarily in the form of bloody violence. During the final year of World War II, the tide has turned against… read more!

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

First, a funny story: I had arranged to go out one Friday night with my friend and her fiancé. We were discussing what movie to go see. This new Bruce Willis flick called The Sixth Sense was opening that weekend. No one was yet talking about it. It sounded intriguing. But my friend decided that we should see this new… read more!

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins opens with Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bil Hader), twins who live 3,000 miles apart yet who haven't been in contact for ten years (for reasons that are never explained), both attempting suicide. So despite the comedic reputations of these two Saturday Night Live alumni, the film makes no bones – pun intended – about what you're… read more!

Sketches of Frank Gehry

Sketches of Frank Gehry

If this documentary looks like something you'd see on PBS, that's because it is something you'd see on PBS: Sketches of Frank Gehry is an American Masters production that surprisingly got a theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics. While I agree that Gehry, who in recent years has become the most famous architect in the United States, deserves the big-screen… read more!

Skyfall

Skyfall

Although I loved James Bond movies as a kid – cheesy though they were, with a lazy Roger Moore smirking through his scenes – they've done little for me as an adult, and I've only seen a couple of the post-Moore entries. (I finally saw some of the Sean Connery Bonds a couple years back. I wasn't impressed. So sue… read more!

Sleepwalk With Me

Sleepwalk With Me

The first feature film produced by popular NPR radio program This American Life is more or less what you'd expect, given the imprimatur. Director/cowriter/star Birbiglia is a standup comic who had told his story about his bizarre sleepwalking condition on TAL years ago. Finally, working with TAL creator/host Ira Glass (who coproduced and cowrote this film), Birbiglia transforms his tale… read more!

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy's adaptation of Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A is a Dickensian melodrama set in contemporary Mumbai where Jamal (Dev Patel), an uneducated "chaiwalla" (tea server) from the slums, has just made it to the final round of India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire... but the show's host, and the cops, think he's cheating. After… read more!

Snide and Prejudice

Snide and Prejudice

My heart goes out to Philippe Mora. Snide and Prejudice was obviously shot a long time ago: we see Brion James in a small role, and Brion James died in August 1999. Only in November 2001 has the film finally seen the light of day – in a single dingy Hollywood theatre, no less. In a Los Angeles mental hospital,… read more!

Snow Day

Snow Day

[Note: I wrote this review while employed at Paramount Pictures.] A movie starring Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott, and a bunch of obnoxious kids. Why even watch this film, much less review it? You may well ask. Answer: It's a Paramount product, I'm a Paramount employee, so I got to see it for free at work. Besides, I always say that… read more!

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

After seeing the difficulties his countrymen had with their own English language debuts – Kim Jee-woon's reviled Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand and Park Chan-wook's divisive Stoker (fine direction, lousy script) – it's no wonder why Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho fought his American distributor Harvey Weinstein for a full year in order to retain final cut over this, his own… read more!