Daily Archives: December 30, 2012

Movie Review: “Blue Like Jazz”

The movies haven’t shown much grace when dealing with matters of faith in recent decades. Hollywood steers clear of the subject altogether, and faith-based filmmakers tend to avoid reality to avoid letting their movies become too “edgy.” “Blue Like Jazz” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Magic of Belle Isle”

Rob Reiner’s late-career return to the sentimental youth-oriented films of his early days as director is a welcome one for any parent who longs for movies that you can watch with your children. But much of the magic of “Flipped” … Continue reading

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Memoirs as they are practiced today are can feel like self-serving, self-pitying exercises in self-help. But watching “Being Flynn,” it’s hard to begrudge playwright/poet and memoirist Nick Flynn his musings, mostly about his homeless, alcoholic and delusional writer-father, Jonathan. The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beauty and the Beast”

  That “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme” returns to the screen, now in 3D. But Beauty and the Beast, the greatest animated film ever made and one of the screen’s great musicals, hardly needs this … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

There’s magic in poverty, wonder in the squalor of impoverished lives on an island that’s being swallowed by erosion and rising sea levels off the Southern Louisana coast. That’s what New York filmmaker Benh Zeitlin discovered in “Beasts of the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Battleship”

There will be bigger movies this summer, and better ones and worse ones. But there will not be a dumber movie than “Battleship.” Ponderous and pandering, shameless and head-slappingly silly, this Navy vs. Aliens epic delivers a few thrills and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bridesmaids II?” That would be “Bachelorette”

You could, if you wanted, sit in a dark theater and simply check off the simularities between the blockbuster “Bridesmaids” and this fall’s “Bridesmaids” knockoff, titled “Bachelorette.” Female bodily function jokes? Check. Inappropriate come-ons on an airline flight? Check. Crass, … Continue reading

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Movies about the mentally ill tend to render them in cute, charming strokes — with only the occasional blast of ugly to remind us, “Oh yeah, this gorgeous, lovelorn soul is still CRAZY.” And “Silver Linings Playbook” has a hint … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Johnny English Reborn”

Discuss This: Comments(2) | Add to del.icio.us | Digg it One thing we can conclude conclusively from Rowan Atkinson’s second big screen outing as Johnny English. He would have been a FAR superior revived Inspector Clouseau to Steve Martin’s embarrassing … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Befouling “The Three Musketeers”

  Perhaps, like me and hundreds of millions of others, you skipped Paul W.S. Anderson’s befouling of “The Three Musketeers” in 3D on its opening weekend. This is just a short note, well, a review, to point out our collective … Continue reading

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