Dan Kois

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  • 4 years ago | Film Reviews

    One single scene captures the tricky tonal balance of Jonathan Levine's cancer comedy 50/50. Adam, the straightedge radio producer played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has just finished his first round of chemotherapy. It was tough, but the kindly gent...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    Other people besides James Franco appear in 127 Hours, but as they're unimportant, they will not be mentioned in this review. Danny Boyle's film—based on the story of Aron Ralston, who in 2003 cut off his own arm after being stuck for five d...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    A teenage witch stands trembling behind her unsuspecting mother and father, wand raised. "Obliviate," she whispers, and her parents' eyes go glassy, their memories erased. On the mantel, the girl's image disappears from the family's photos. Blinki...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    In Steve Carell's first few episodes of the American version of The Office, his character, Michael Scott, hewed closely to the template created by the series' British mastermind, Ricky Gervais. Scott, like David Brent before him, was cruel and obt...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    You know and love Jason Bourne as an implacable killing machine. But what if he was a mouthy asshole instead? That's the provocative question posed by James Mangold's Knight and Day, which casts Tom Cruise as a Bourne wannabe who seriously can't s...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    Lost boy John Hughes was inducted into the pantheon this month, when the Academy devoted a moving Oscar-night tribute to the departed writer-director. But do you actually remember being a teenage moviegoer in the 1980s? It wasn't all some kind of ...

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