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2008 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • 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... 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 recent TV history, both of which... 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 best seller Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT 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... More >>

  • Fast and Loose

    published March 13, 2008

    The English media has spent the better part of a year back-and-forthing over the true-or-false plot points of the 1971-set Bank Job, a... 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 >>

  • Personal Foul

    published March 6, 2008

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

  • Reel Wrap Redux

    published March 6, 2008

    Mataharis: Three women who work as private eyes at a Madrid detective agency find that their cases illuminate troubling aspects... 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 >>

  • Laughing Pains

    published February 21, 2008

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

  • Straight to Video

    published February 21, 2008

    The pleasures of Be Kind Rewind do not extend far beyond the promise of its premise: Jack Black, magnetized and manic... More >>

  • Chafing Dishes

    published February 14, 2008

    No Reservations (Warner Bros.) From its cheap, mid-'90s-looking package to its woefully scant extras (one... More >>

  • Absolutely, Positively

    published February 14, 2008

    Sandwiched somewhere between the American Spirit commercials and the Clinton campaigning that make up Definitely, Maybe is a... More >>

  • How the West Was Wasted

    published February 7, 2008

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Warner Bros.) Beautifully shot, masterfully... More >>

  • Donkey Punch

    published January 31, 2008

    The King of Kong (New Line) Seth Gordon's best-of-2007 documentary, about the battle for Donkey... More >>

  • Chick Flick, Two Ways

    published January 17, 2008

    If Diane Keaton were a comer in 2007, she'd likely be stuck in romantic comedies cooked up in movie studio test kitchens. No Godfather... More >>

  • Wookiee Mistake

    published January 17, 2008

    Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest (Fox) As someone with no use for Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed... More >>

  • Boy Trouble

    published January 10, 2008

    Joshua (Fox) George Ratliff's movie, a sort of satirical take on Rosemary's Baby, came and went... More >>

  • Black Russian

    published January 3, 2008

    Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Hitchcock/Cary... More >>

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