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500 days500 Days of Summer

Relationships are confusing, perhaps more now than ever.  A man meets a woman.  They go out a few times.  They start out as friends.  How and when do they become “a couple”?  Do they just like one another?  What if the relationship becomes sexual?  What happens when one is more serious about the relationship than the other?

Away We GoAway We Go

When slacker thirtysomething couple Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) discover that his parents are moving overseas, the duo -- who expect their first child in a few months -- set off on a cross-country tour to figure out where they should lay down some roots in Sam Mendes' poignant comedy Away We Go. READ MORE
The Blind Side

blind sideTeenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael -- wearing shorts and a tee shirt in the dead of winter -- come out of the cold. READ MORE
Bright StarBright Star

Based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. READ MORE

Curious CaseThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“I was born under unusual circumstances.” And so begins “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us. READ MORE

Best Supporting Actress Penelope


It’s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schools’ strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep). READ MORE


educationAn Education

Carey Mulligan (BLEAK HOUSE) stars as Jenny, a young woman full of promise and intent to study at Oxford. But meeting an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) leads Jenny to believe that she can learn things outside the classroom, casting doubt on her future plans. READ MORE

Gran TorinoGran Torino

Walt Kowalski is an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. Film critic Tom Condon, OP looks at the latest film from Clint Eastwood and sees it as a very Catholic film... READ MORE
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.READ MORE
The Hurt Locker

This acclaimed new film from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal takes us to Iraq in 2004.  In this especially chaotic time in the war, The Hurt Locker focuses on the work of a three member EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) team.  The team searches out and dismantles bombs... READ MORE


Julie & Julia has been one of the most anticipated films of the summer by those of us who were not lining up for the latest Transformers movie.  Photos and clips of Meryl Streep as Julia Child have been around for months now, whetting our appetites for more. READ MORE


His life changed history. His courage changed lives. In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. READ MORE

Best Actor: Sean Penn

ReaderThe Reader

Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in The Hours director Stephen Daldry's haunting period romance tracing the complicated love affair between a German teen and a mysterious woman twice his age. READ MORE

Best Actress: Kate Winslet

SlumdogSlumdog Millionaire

Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him. READ MORE


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The Soloist

Journalist Steve Lopez discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers , a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. READ MORE

star trekStar Trek
This intergalactic adventure centers around the meeting of two wet-behind-the-ears Starfleet recruits: half-Vulcan Spock and all-American rebel James T. Kirk. Thrown together on a perilous mission, they must settle their differences to defeat a nefarious time-travelling Romulan. Read Tom Condon's take on the film.
WrestlerThe Wrestler

A drama centered on retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson as he makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival. Critic Tom Condon, OP offers his view of the film and warns: I hope the recognition Mickey Rourke received for his performance helps to revitalize his career.  Just don’t make me sit through this movie again.

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. Does film critic Tom Condon take the flight of fantasy with him? READ MORE