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Movie Review: ‘The Runaways’

Like many a musical odyssey (Help!, Velvet Goldmine, SpiceWorld), this story of the Runaways' volatile tenure zips through a scene or two of a band…
Troy Patterson / March 1, 2010

Movie Review: ‘Shutter Island’

Four years after The Departed, Martin Scorsese returns to Massachusetts -- and to his favorite leading man. Here, it's 1954, and the director ferries DiCaprio…
Troy Patterson / February 18, 2010

‘It Might Get Loud’ (Sony Pictures Classics)

David Guggenheim's delightfully unsnobby symposium of a documentary convenes three masters who share one love: electric guitar. Page is a walking monument to Led Zeppelin's…
Troy Patterson / August 11, 2009

Movie Review: Milk

Gus Van Sant's portrait of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk clunks along as the squarest movie he's ever made, a result of the director investing…
Troy Patterson / November 24, 2008

Boarding Gate

Combining elements of a D-grade erotic thriller and a deconstructed international thriller, Boarding Gate proves duly snazzy and sleazy -- kinda skanky in a highfalutin'
Troy Patterson / February 24, 2008

Paranoid Park

The action -- if action isn't too strong in the context of Gus Van Sant's latest downbeat meditation -- partly unfolds at a skate park…
Troy Patterson / February 24, 2008

Snow Angels

David Gordon Green, a director who made his name creating detailed portraits of the small-town South (like George Washington and All the Real Girls), heads…
Troy Patterson / February 24, 2008

The Bank Job

The makers of this extra-­crunchy popcorn movie -- an Inside Man-ish heist flick, but also a spy tale, and ultimately a tribute to an exuberant…
Troy Patterson / February 24, 2008

The Killing of John Lennon

This portrait of psychosis slouches into release a couple months before the other Mark David Chapman movie, Chapter 27, which stars Jared Leto as the…
Troy Patterson / January 30, 2008

How to Rob a Bank

Loopy but glossy, this heist movie plays like a camp classic searching for its cult. Jason (Stahl), who has wandered in from some Reality Bites…
Troy Patterson / January 30, 2008

Be Kind Rewind

The titular establishment dodders along on a shabby corner in Passaic, New Jersey. It's a neighborhood video store whose owner -- called Mr. Fletcher, as…
Troy Patterson / January 30, 2008


Adapting her memoir into a starkly beautiful animated feature, comics artist Marjane Satrapi braids personal history and national tragedy. From the perspective of her parents,…
Troy Patterson / January 30, 2008