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Damsel in Distress

by Laura Leon August 22, 2013

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  As he has in the past, Woody Allen proves his talent for depicting frazzled women in a way that perhaps only Pedro Almodovar, or in the past, George Stevens, could. Blue Jasmine refers to the ...

The Future is Now

by Ann Morrow August 15, 2013

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  The year is 2154, the place a “diseased, polluted, and vastly overpopulated” planet Earth, and the writer-director is Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind District 9, the unlikely 2009 sci-fi Best Picture Oscar nominee. In Elysium, ...

Nothing’s Shocking

by Laura Leon August 15, 2013

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  When drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) gets mugged and his bankroll snatched, he has to scramble to find a way to avoid revenge by his boss (Ed Helms), a guy so well-off and twisted ...

Flying High

by Laura Leon August 15, 2013

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  Disney’s Planes is very much like Pixar’s Cars, in that it’s animated (and available in 3D) and softly colored, and features machines that function with far more capabilities than those for which they were intended. ...

Sex Negative

by Shawn Stone August 15, 2013

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  It’s hard to imagine now, when a wide variety of sexual activity is available for your perusal just a few clicks away on the Internet, but watching porn used to be difficult. Most folks had ...

It’s Just Sex

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2013

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  Brandi Klark (Aubrey Plaza) has accomplished everything she’s set out to do in her high school career. She’s class valedictorian. She’s been accepted to a great university far, far away from her Boise, Idaho, home. ...

Real Drama

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2013

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  This is the best big-budget superhero/monster/Sci Fi action movie of the summer. In The Wolverine, Logan (Hugh Jackman) rediscovers his calling as a soldier for the forces of good. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) ...

Personal and Political

by Ann Morrow August 1, 2013

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  The Attack is about an Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv whose wife disappears and is suspected of terrorism. Yet despite its title and setting, this Lebanese film (adapted from an Algerian novel) can be thought ...

Testament

by Laura Leon August 1, 2013

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  The comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case will be inevitable, but a discussion of Fruitvale Station should include questions such as how we measure the meaning of a life: How it is lived and how ...

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The Attendants

by Ann Morrow July 25, 2013

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  Sometimes all it takes is one summertime friend to change a hopeless wallflower into a confident cool guy. And that’s what happens to Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old so insecure he’s completely inarticulate. But what ...

Let’s Do It Again

by Shawn Stone July 25, 2013

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  As RED 2 begins, the world is on the brink of nuclear disaster. It’s time for the aging heroes of 2010’s sleeper hit, played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Brian Cox and Helen Mirren, to ...

Monstrous Fun

by Shawn Stone July 18, 2013

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  The trailer for this film was dispiriting. Even with the wonderful Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) on board as director and cowriter, the bad vibe was inescapable and left just one wearying question in ...

The Singing Codgers

by Ann Morrow July 18, 2013

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  Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) may be old but she still wants to have a bit of fun, and so she joins a singing group at a nearby senior center. Her antisocial husband, Arthur (Terence Stamp), thinks ...

Let It Rip

by Laura Leon July 18, 2013

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  Farts. Barfs. Burps. Boob and dick jokes. It’s all here, in Grown Ups 2, the latest example of Adam Sandler’s inability to grasp that he’s approaching 50—and maybe his audience is, too. That said, I found ...

Softer Heart Still Shines

by Laura Leon July 10, 2013

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  Pulling off a sequel to Despicable Me, in which the evil genius Gru (Steve Carell) steals the moon from the sky before succumbing to the sweetness of the three little girls he adopts, is a ...

Female Trouble

by Laura Leon July 3, 2013

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  The cop buddy film is legend, if not always legendary, but it has provided more than its share of enjoyable onscreen moments. I still remember the sheer joy that was Eddie Murphy running roughshod over ...

Snoozing Through Georgia

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2013

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  During the Civil War era, “copperhead” was slang for Northerners who sympathized with the Confederate cause. There were even copperheads in New York state, though not all of them were against emancipation. But some were, ...

If First You Don’t Succeed, Blow It Up Again

by Shawn Stone July 3, 2013

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  When I was younger, the films of Roland Emmerich bothered me. In fact, they bothered me much more than they should have. At first, this was because of the peculiar (and consistent) manner they fell ...

Love’s Labour’s Won

by Laura Leon June 26, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing

  Joss Whedon, noted mastermind behind TV hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and megaflicks like The Avengers, goes softer, yet more urgent, with his modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Set in Santa ...

What Makes Right?

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2013

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  In this smart and topical eco-thriller, it’s an eye for eye, or as the members of the East, an environmental terrorism cell, put it: “Poison our habitat, and we’ll poison yours.” And for most of ...

Toothless

by Shawn Stone June 26, 2013

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  I’m no expert, but when zombies come to mind they fall into one of three groups. First, there are the old-school voodoo zombies of the Caribbean, as seen in The Serpent and the Rainbow, White ...

Reboot Successful

by Ann Morrow June 19, 2013

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  Planet Krypton is heading for destruction. Rebellious leader Jor-El (Russell Crowe) prepares for the end by rocketing his newborn son to a life-form-compatible planet called Earth. The end is even nearer for Jor-El, though, when ...

Love Hurts

by Laura Leon June 19, 2013

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  Has it really been 18 years since film audiences were charmed by the flirtations of American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French Celine (Julie Delpy)? They met cute on a train crossing Europe, and enjoyed the ...

High Adventure

by Ann Morrow June 13, 2013

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  Adventure stories don’t get any more timeless than this 1947 true-life adventure of a half-dozen reckless young men rafting across almost 5,000 miles of Pacific Ocean. And just as Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl, author of ...

Serious Soap

by Laura Leon June 13, 2013

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  The slow dissolve of a gray high-rise being washed over in egg-yolk yellow that precedes the narrative of Love Is All You Need is pretty much all you need to know about where this movie, ...