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2008 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Risky Business

    published December 25, 2008

    Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg — a lot of name for a lot of guy. Born into German aristocracy in 1907, he was a soldier by... More >>

  • Spinning Blues Into Lies

    published December 4, 2008

    First, a key spoiler: Cadillac Records is not the story of Chess Records, the blues label started in Chicago in 1950 by brothers Leonard... More >>

  • Neither Shaken nor Stirred

    published November 13, 2008

    Those of us who adored Casino Royale, the 2006 reboot of the haggard, self-parodic James Bond franchise, had some trouble trying to... More >>

  • Strictly Softcore

    published October 30, 2008

    Ostensibly, Zack and Miri Make a Porno should be money-shot Kevin Smith: Pals make a porn to pay the bills and, in the process of... More >>

  • We Rent the Night

    published October 23, 2008

    Pride and Glory doesn't make any effort to disguise precisely what it is: a barely held-together string of vignettes lifted from every cop... More >>

  • Sex Crime

    published September 25, 2008

    There's a whole lotta fucking going on in Choke, Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's first-person novel about a sex addict... More >>

  • Not To Be

    published August 21, 2008

    In its final 10 minutes, Hamlet 2 is little more than chaos, noise, and nonsense, and those are 10 perfectly enjoyable minutes. It's... More >>

  • Apocalypse Whatever

    published August 14, 2008

    Early buzz out of Hollywood pegged Tropic Thunder, directed and cowritten by star Ben Stiller, as the end-all and be-all of movie-biz... More >>

  • True Bromance

    published August 7, 2008

    On the surface, Pineapple Express offers precisely what it advertises: a roll-'em-up, smoke-'em-up, blow-'em-up bromantic comedy from... More >>

  • Going Down

    published July 10, 2008

    At the top, let's be clear about one thing: Journey to the Center of the Earth is more a demo reel than a narrative feature. It's a... More >>

  • Superzero

    published July 3, 2008

    The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its follow-up,... More >>

  • Al Green

    published June 12, 2008

    Lay It Down is easily the right Rev.'s best in five years — in other words, since his last Blue Note outing. This time around,... More >>

  • The Fortress of Sad Decline

    published May 22, 2008

    Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because 19 years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't and 15 years after... More >>

  • Here Comes the Bride. Yawn.

    published May 1, 2008

    In Made of Honor, Patrick Dempsey plays a conveniently rich and willfully single serial "fornicator" slowly but surely domesticated by his... More >>

  • Let's Go to Prison

    published April 24, 2008

    Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle with the novel idea: What if you made a John Hughes movie,... More >>

  • Nobody's Baby

    published April 24, 2008

    Could have sworn I've seen this episode of Baby Mama before — like sometime in January 2007, when it was originally titled "The Baby... More >>

  • Sad Sack Extraordinaire

    published April 17, 2008

    Jason Segel is responsible for two of the most cringe-inducing, hands-in-front-of-your-face moments in the recent history of television, both... More >>

  • Ordinary People

    published April 10, 2008

    Smart people got no reason to live — and, sure, that's not quite how Randy Newman sang it, but the point still stands. Because in Noam... More >>

  • Counting Sheep

    published March 27, 2008

    Ben Mezrich's 2002 bestseller Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas For Millions was a smart... More >>

  • Three the Hard Way

    published March 13, 2008

    No Country for Old Men (Paramount) "A horror comedy chase" is how a grinning Tommy Lee Jones describes No Country... More >>

  • Oscar-Starved

    published March 6, 2008

    Into the Wild (Paramount) Sean Penn waited a good decade before adapting Jon Krakauer's book about Chris... More >>

  • Fast and Loose

    published March 6, 2008

    Based on a true story," brags The Bank Job before diving into the clear blue water of the Caribbean, where, in 1970, a topless woman... More >>

  • Move Along, Kids

    published February 28, 2008

    Justice League: The New Frontier (Warner Bros.) Based on Darwyn Cooke's comic-book miniseries — a... More >>

  • Personal Foul

    published February 28, 2008

    Semi-Pro's much better than Blades of Glory, which wasn't nearly as good as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,... More >>

  • Laughing Pains

    published February 21, 2008

    Margot at the Wedding (Paramount) Margot (Nicole Kidman, or someone who looks just like her) is a fiction writer... More >>

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