Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

Movie Review: “Hyde Park on Hudson”

The frenetic, comic and booze-assisted visit of King George and Queen (“Mum”) Elizabeth to the private home of President Franklin Roosevelt on the eve of World War II might make for a jaunty comedy of manners in the Downton Abbey … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “House at the End of the Street”

A horror movie might seem an oddly unambitious choice for rising starlet Jennifer Lawrence at this stage of her career. She’s been in one franchise (“X-Men: First Class”), launched another (“The Hunger Games”) and is earning serious Oscar buzz for … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hotel Transylvania”

  Welcome to the “Hotel Transylvania” where “you can check out any time you like, but you will never laugh.” With apologies to The Eagles, “almost never.”

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Movie Review: “Hitchcock”

Fifty years past his heyday, and thirty years after his death, the world still knows Alfred Hitchcock by reputation, even if you can’t get the kids to check out his classic movies. “Hitchcock,” a dark and dazzling bio-thriller about the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Transformers, Dark of the Moon”

  All the technical prowess of “aliens invade” thrillers, from “Independence Day” through “Battle: Lost Angeles,” and the best comic actors money can buy serve “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” well. The funniest, best-executed film in the Earth-protecting robots-that-look-like-cars-and-trucks series, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beginners”

We meet Oliver as he is cleaning up his father’s bungalow and dumping Dad’s prescription pill supply down the toilet.  His father has died, and we can see in Ewan McGregor’s face that this is but the latest blow to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hope Springs”

You’ve never seen Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones quite like this. As old marrieds facing “intensive” couples counseling over their comatose sexual relationship, two of America’s finest screen actors are by turns silly, befuddled, awkward and confused. And “Hope … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Larry Crowne”

We haven’t seen Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts in a movie like “Larry Crowne” in decades.When you’ve got “Oscar winner” and “blockbuster hits” on your resume, feather-light character comedies fall off your radar.

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Movie Review: “This is 40”

Stupid freaking Judd Apatow, with his stupid freaking foul-mouthed and sentimental “Hobbit” length comedies, his stupid freaking insistence on not only peopling them with his old comic cronies, but his wife and cursing kids. Happy freaking R-rated holidays, America. Here’s … Continue reading

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Movie Nation Interview: Gearhead Dax Shepard

  Boy, it sure looks like Dax Shepard is doing all his own crazy, gonzo stunt-driving in “Hit and Run,” the car-chase comedy he wrote and co-directed. “All me, 100%,” he says. You know how you can tell? Look in … Continue reading

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