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True Love

by John Rodat January 16, 2014

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  The trailers for Spike Jonze’s Her are misleading. They admit upfront that the plot involves the love relationship that develops between a lonely man and a computer-operating system. But they allow the misapprehension that Her ...

Chutzpah

by Shawn Stone December 19, 2013

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  American Hustle is a twisty story of corruption and redemption. It’s a con inside a con; a duplicitous provocation that simultaneously fools the characters in the film and the audience in the theater. Most of ...

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 ...

It’s Time To Light The Lights

by John Rodat December 1, 2011

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The praise—both critical and popular—for The Muppets comes across as virtual sigh of relief: "They didn't screw it up!" is the implicit refrain. Each new installment of a franchise runs the risk of torpedoing former ...

Spring Is Here (Almost), and So Is Oscar

by Ann Morrow February 23, 2011

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Much to everyone’s surprise, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the folks who put on the annual Oscar clambake—decided to stay with 10 nominated films in the Best Picture category. Sure, the wags agree ...

Punk Drunk Love

by John Rodat January 5, 2011

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The names attached, however briefly, to The Fighter, preproduction, indicate that it was always intended to be a big film. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were in the running for the part that ultimately went ...