The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

May 29, 2010 by Mr. Nau This Swedish film, based on the best-selling novel by the late Stieg Larsson, follows the investigation by a middle-aged journalist, assisted by a troubled but brilliant female hacker, of the disappearance of an industrialist’s niece in the sixties. This intricate mystery twists and turns brilliantly through unexpected territory. Grade: […]

The Hurt Locker (2008)

May 23, 2010 by Mr. Nau Kathryn Bigelow directs this critically-acclaimed picture that follows the exploits of an explosive ordinance disposal detail of the US Army, trying to defuse and disarm improvised explosive devices. Brilliant acting performances and a realistic screenplay earned this masterful work a plethora of awards, including an Oscar for Best Director. […]

Black Book (2006)

May 20, 2010 by Mr. Nau A Jewish singer in Nazi-occupied Holland infiltrates the SS headquarters in the Hague to act as a spy for the Dutch resistance. This gritty period thriller is very well written, has a palpable atmosphere of intrigue and danger, shows the inside of underground resistance, and features believable acting performances. […]

Pineapple Express (2008)

May 19, 2010 by Mr. Nau Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride lead a star-studded cast in this Judd Apatow-produced stoner action comedy. Rogen is Dale Denton, a process server, who runs to his pot dealer (Franco) for help after witnessing a murder. The two have to survive crooked cops and ruthless criminals. Grade: […]

Superbad (2007)

May 19, 2010 by Mr. Nau Jonah Hill and Michael Cera star in this hilarious Judd Apatow-produced high school party comedy. In their attempts to get alcohol for a party their classmates are throwing, they ditch a creepy stranger, evade a pair of bumbling cops, and try to seduce girls far out of their league. […]

Planet B-Boy (2007)

May 17, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this engrossing documentary, a number of breakdance crews come from around the world to compete in the world championship in Germany. Their backgrounds and home environments are explored in-depth. The audience is thrilled with astonishing acrobatic routines that require intricate choreography, incredible strength, unbelievable coordination, and focused practice. […]

Kick-Ass (2010)

May 16, 2010 by Mr. Nau A young high school student decides, with no combat training or defense skills, to become a superhero. In the process, our hero gets beat up a lot and teams up with a plucky young girl who excels at dizzying martial arts moves. This fun action flick keeps the adrenaline […]

Letting Life In (2003)

May 11, 2010 by Mr. Nau Michael is a reclusive novelist, afraid to leave the house. He reluctantly hires a young cancer survivor, Sarah, as a personal assistant. This extremely low budget, badly-acted movie with a clunky script explores the relationship between the two, as they try to get a grown man to live life. […]

District 9 (2009)

May 08, 2010 by Mr. Nau Aliens arrive in Johannesberg, South Africa, in this gritty science fiction picture, and are confined and exploited in a ghetto called “District 9” after their technology fails to allow them to leave Earth. An inventive story, eye-popping visuals, and decent, realistic acting performances make this Apartheid analog worth watching. […]

Adaptation (2002)

May 05, 2010 by Mr. Nau Nicolas Cage leads a phenomenal cast, including Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, and Tilda Swinton, in this story about a screenwriter trying to adapt a non-fiction book about orchid poachers for film. A wonderful screenplay and incredible acting performances garnered multiple Oscar nominations and one win for best supporting actor. […]

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