Daily Archives: February 5, 2013

Movie Review: “Side Effects”

Steven Soderbergh, rightly considered one of Hollywood’s smartest movie makers, is at his cleverest in “Side Effects,” a canny, cunning big idea thriller in a minor key, an engrossing zeitgeist whodunit about Wall Street, Big Pharma, prescription drugs and the … Continue reading

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“Spider-Man” sequel begins production

Oh well, there’s no fighting big box office –– soulless or not. Marc Webb is back on the set with his web slinger.

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Rooney Mara on fame, portraying depression and de-compressing

It’s been a dizzying couple of years for Rooney Mara, the young actress who gained a little attention in “The Social Network” and then worldwide fame for starring in Hollywood’s version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” The offers … Continue reading

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A Mad Magazine documentary? It could happen, with your help

What American smart-aleck didn’t get his or her start reading the infamous Mad Magazine, where parodies abounded, sarcasm reigned and anarchy was the watchword? What, me worry? Some filmmakers want to raise $50,000 to make a documentary about this once-glorious … Continue reading

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“Red Dawn” remade, “Top Gun” back in IMAX 3D, Sly and Arnie — what was Hollywood thinking?

There’s a trend story in this “Red Dawn” remake, “Top Gun” re-release (this weekend), return of Sly and Arnold to their ’80s era Big Screen guises. Was Hollywood betting on a return to Reagan era right-wingery at the polls last … Continue reading

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Wiig joins Ferrell and Carell in “Anchorman II”

Will Ferrell’s years-long excursion into funny buddy pictures, edgy dark comedies (“Everything Must Go”) and Spanish experiments (“Casa de mi Padre”) is over, so “Anchorman 2” continues to come together as a potential Christmas blockbuster comedy. To ensure that, they’re … Continue reading

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A Yoda-centric “Star Wars” from J.J. ?

It has been years YEARS since I linked to anything on Ain’t It Cool. Not a prejudice or anything, I had just forgotten that this groundbreaking fanboy site was there. And “breaking” gossip from there seemed to dry up as … Continue reading

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Drive-ins, the last to convert to digital projection, get help

Hollywood is phasing out production of 35mm celluloid film prints this year, ending a 120 year technological tradition that dates from the very beginning of motion pictures. And the last places in North America to show movies that way are, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Sorcerer and the White Snake”

 The modern reshaping of the economic struggle between East and West plays out in “The Sorcerer and the White Snake,” a sharp Chinese reminder that not all cheese comes from Switzerland or Wisconsin. A mad, laugh-out-loud mashup of “The Little … Continue reading

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Critic’s Log: Today’s screening, “Identity Thief”

Here’s what we know about Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy, “Identity Thief.” First, we’re referring to it as a Melissa McCarthy comedy. Her “Bridesmaids” breakout and enduring TV series have made her a reliable comic brand. Yeah, Jason Bateman’s been reliably … Continue reading

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