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  • In the case of 'Paranoia,' the enemy is within ★★

    In the case of 'Paranoia,' the enemy is within ★&#9733
    There's nothing wrong with "Paranoia" that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure. It's too bad. All year we see R-rated movies crammed with fantasy violence too rough for teenagers yet fiscally dependent on that demographic. Now and then a more "grown-up" picture (ironically and typically rated PG-13) wanders past the studio gates, aimed at a somewhat broader and more seasoned crowd. The "Arbitrage" crowd, let's say: folks who, in this instance, might enjoy seeing Harrison Ford (as a Steve Jobs-type tech powerhouse, about to launch a "game changer" of a smartphone) chewing scenery, discreetly, opposite Gary Oldman (as his protege turned murderous business rival).
  • The purr of power in 'Broken City' ★★ 1/2

    The purr of power in 'Broken City' ★★ 1/2
    In "Broken City," a Manhattan-set drama likely to appeal to those who enjoyed the more elegantly plotted machinations of "Arbitrage," the scenes between Russell Crowe as a powerful New York City mayor and Jeffrey Wright as the equally powerful police...

    Spielberg's 'Lincoln' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven

    Spielberg's 'Lincoln' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven
    The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms. Steven Spielberg's epic on the 16th president, "Lincoln," stood out in the film categories with seven Golden Globe nominations, followed...

    'Arbitrage': Sympathy for the devil ★★★

    'Arbitrage': Sympathy for the devil ★★★
    It's an unseemly request by a movie, to ask us to root for the lying, scrambling but extremely well-coiffed hedge fund billionaire weasel played by Richard Gere in the new film "Arbitrage." But there it is. The movie does ask, and to varying degrees, we...

    Artful cons in 'Blue Jasmine,' 'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'American Hustle'

    Artful cons in 'Blue Jasmine,' 'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'American Hustle'
    American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry." Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his...