Daily Archives: December 30, 2012

Movie Review: “The Artist”

Riotous laughs, breathless thrills and weeping pathos — film managed all that when the movies were silent, the movies were black and white, and the movies were shot on actual celluloid. “The Artist” is a light, sweet, pretty much irony-free … Continue reading

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Omar Sharif reminds us that it’s “Lawrence of Arabia” night in America

Here’s what Omar Sharif, then a young actor who had only worked in Egypt, thought when the offer of a co-starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia” came to him. “I thought it was a bit of a stupid idea,” he … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Angelina Jolie directs “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

Angelina Jolie’s debut film as a writer-director has a cause, vivid characters and a compelling story. An ill-fated romance between Muslm and Serb set against the backdrop of the Bonsian civil war, it’s so involving you may find yourself shouting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”

Cartoon Network alumni Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim bring their awkward, amateurish and lower-than-lowbrow “style” to the big screen with “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” It’s such an inept exercise in infantilism that you wonder where these guys got … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Here Comes the Boom”

Kid-friendly funnyman Kevin James is at his cuddliest in “Here Comes the Boom.” And he has to be. This amusing bu sometimes unsettling comedy marries the teacher-turns-to-mixed martial arts mayhem of “Warrior” to that wholesome family dramedy “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Bourne Legacy”

You don’t need Matt Damon to revive the Bourne film franchise. And you probably don’t need Paul Greengrass, the quick-cutting action auteur who directed the best of the Damon films about Jason Bourne, the trained and chemically altered super-spy who … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Brave”

There are so many rules for a Disney princess. Too many for Disney’s newest princess, the Scottish heroine Merida in “Brave” to remember. “A princess does not doodle,” her mother lectures in a light Scottish burr. “A princess does not … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bringing Up Bobby”

Model turned actress Famke Janssen turns writer-director for “Bringing Up Bobby,” a lightweight drama about a gone-wrong mom who wants a better life for her going-wrong son. It has a novel setting — rural Oklahoma — a “name” cast and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Breaking Dawn, Part 2”

Whatever happens before it, the finale is a doozy, almost certain to be satisfying to fans and impressive even to the casual “Twilight” viewer. But so much of what comes before that payoff in “Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” the conclusion … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Big Miracle”

The title isn’t an exaggeration. It was something of a “Big Miracle,” the way the plight of a family of gray whales, stranded under the Alaska ice, captivated the country and forced oil men and environmentalists, natives and Cold War … Continue reading

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