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2008 Stories by Scott Foundas

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  • The Man Who Nearly Killed Hitler

    published December 25, 2008

    It’s July 20, 1944, and Adolf Hitler has been assassinated—the victim of a bomb blast organized and executed by a cabal of... More >>

  • Will Smith Weighed Down by Seven Pounds

    published December 18, 2008

    Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most... More >>

  • Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies

    published October 9, 2008

    A new kind of war movie for a new kind of war, Body of Lies is about the War on Terror as it is being waged on the ground, in the air,... More >>

  • Very Minor Miracle

    published September 25, 2008

    On some level, you've got to hand it to Spike Lee. There are probably less than a handful of directors working in Hollywood today who could put... More >>

  • Our Friends and Neighbors

    published September 18, 2008

    Earlier this year, when I found myself assigned to jury duty on a drug-related trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court, our jury foreman turned... More >>

  • In the Heat of the Knight

    published September 4, 2008

    And so another summer movie season comes to an end, not with a bang but a whimper — what else to call four new releases (Babylon A.D.,... More >>

  • Change You Can't Believe In

    published July 31, 2008

    Swing Vote is an election-themed comedy that's about twice as smart as you expect it to be and still only half as smart as you wish it... More >>

  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe

    published July 31, 2008

    The truth is still out there, like an unsold lawn chair at a garage sale, in this just plain lousy second big-screen outing for erstwhile FBI... More >>

  • Men Will Be Boys

    published July 24, 2008

    I haven't seen much at the movies in the past two years that has given me as much unbridled comic pleasure as the sight of Will Ferrell as the... More >>

  • Heath Ledger's Last Stand

    published July 17, 2008

    What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City — if pleasure is the right word for a movie that gazes... More >>

  • Supermarket Sweep

    published June 5, 2008

    Screenwriter Steven Conrad writes movies about success and self-fulfillment in America — how we define it, the price we pay for it, and... More >>

  • Simple, Not Stupid

    published June 5, 2008

    I was originally supposed to write about the new Van Morrison album, Keep It Simple (which was released April 1), a few weeks ago, when... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published May 22, 2008

    It's hard being a human, but being a common person in China is even more difficult," says one tearful shopkeeper along the soon-to-be-submerged... More >>

  • A Polish auteur -- and Mike Tyson! -- stage comebacks at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

    published May 22, 2008

    Call them the comeback kids: In its early days, the 2008 Cannes Film Festival has served as a staging ground for a number of unlikely returns,... More >>

  • Mighty Avenger

    published May 1, 2008

    Chalk it up to personal preference, but I've always been fonder of those comic-book heroes who emerge by intent rather than happenstance. I... More >>

  • Fourth and Inches

    published April 3, 2008

    When Time recently featured George Clooney on its cover accompanied by the headline "The Last Movie Star" — note not even a... More >>

  • Apolitical Theater

    published March 27, 2008

    Considering that the war in Iraq has proven to be Washington's shot-by-shot remake of Vietnam, it's only natural that Hollywood has followed... More >>

  • The Truth Won't Set You Free

    published February 21, 2008

    Remember the 1985 movie version of the Parker Brothers whodunit board game Clue, with its pre-DVD-era gimmick of multiple endings? Well,... More >>

  • Pity the Fool

    published February 7, 2008

    When a friend recently told me she'd been confused by the poster for the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson fortune-hunting romp Fool's... More >>

  • American Heroes and Zeroes at Sundance '08

    published January 31, 2008

    Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Sugar, which premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (and was... More >>

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