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Producers Guild goes for “Birdman,” “Lego Movie” and “Life Itself”

The PGA is widely regarded as the surest of sure fire Oscar indicators, and if so, that means “Birdman” is the favorite come Academy Awards night. It took the two top awards at Saturday’s Producers Guild honors. But “The Lego … Continue reading

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Box Office: Another “Sniper” weekend, J.Lo opens well, Depp bombs

“American Sniper” looks to have tallied another 50-$61 million this weekend, after yet another massive Friday. It’s a certified smash, a rare one in Clint Eastwood’s canon, and should have cleared $150-$175 by the end of its run. “Wedding Ringer” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Strange Magic”

“Strange Magic” is a cartoon fantasy cooked up from a half-baked idea from George Lucas. The hook in that this tale of fairies fighting goblins over a love potion is that every minute or three, some fairy, elf or goblin … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mortdecai”

As you might have guessed from the daft and something-short-of-hilarious TV ads, “Mortdecai” is an extended inside Anglo joke that most of us aren’t in on. Rather. But for a certain sort of Anglophile, one who recognizes the attempted homage … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mommy”

It’s easy to judge her. Diane Despr├ęs is 40something, wears her skirts too short, her jeans too tight (and too bedazzled) and her blouses open a little too low. She’s a brassy gum-snapper, cheap and so self-absorbed it’s no surprise … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Humbling” is somewhat less than Pacino’s tour de force

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre “Hoo Hah!” Something about his Oscar winning turn in “Scent of a Woman” unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Big Muddy”

“Big Muddy” is a big ol’ muddle of a thriller, a lot of dangerous characters converging, from various parts of the Canadian prairie, on a femme fatale and her teenage son. It’s a modern day Western, a B-movie that founders … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Americons”

Take away the high-wattage stars, the staggering budget and the celebratory nature of the thievery, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” would look something like “Americons,” an indie parable about greed, high-living and wrongdoing that led to the real estate/home … Continue reading

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Eddie Redmayne on Awards, and Stephen Hawking’s place in the universe

Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne had to come up with a few more surprised and “incredibly honored” remarks when his Oscar nomination for “The Theory of Everything” was announced Thursday. He’s trying to keep his head about him, even as … Continue reading

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Anne Hathaway on “Song One” and Brooklyn’s indie music scene

Anne Hathaway didn’t sing in “Interstellar,” but she does croon a tune in her latest. When the movie’s titled “Song One” and is set in the lively indie music scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it’s to be expected. But it’s not … Continue reading

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