Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

Movie Review: “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

For much of the cinema’s history, the movies have had the good sense to keep Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty off camera, an unseen menace made all the more menacing by his absence. But Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”

Megan McDonald’s third-grade spitfire Judy Moody makes her moody leap from the page to the big screen with much of the spit, if not her fire, intact. “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” is a mild-mannered kids’ comedy that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Buck”

The heft of having Robert Redford in your documentary can’t have hurt the filmmakers behind “Buck,” a somewhat superficial look at the famed horse trainer who coached Redford during the making of “The Horse Whisperer.” And where that star power … Continue reading

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Critic’s log: today’s screening — “Beware of Mr. Baker”

Ginger Baker invented “rock drumming,” with Cream and assorted groups that followed in the ’60s and early ’70s. He’s a nut, very difficult to deal with. And unlike Keith Moon, say, he’s still around. This Jay Bulger doc captures Ginger … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Tree of Life”

Terrence Malick is still making poetry in that most prosaic of worlds, the movies. But is there a place for the director of “Days of Heaven” and “The New World” in today’s high-def, literal, ultra-realistic cinema? Judging from his ambitious, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Trip”

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon revive their funny, odd and unbalanced “relationship” in “The Trip,” a largely improvised and often very funny road picture about two comic actors visiting the great roads and great restaurants of “The North” of England. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Attack the Block”

  The low-budget British aliens-invade-the-hood thriller “Attack the Block” reminded me of Rick’s famous line in “Casablanca,” his reply when Major Strasser asks about how he’ll feel with the Nazis are in New York. “Well there are certain sections of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Art of Getting By”

“The Art of Getting By” is a screen romance that echoes its title. It gets by. Barely.

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Weekend Box Office: It’s a four way race with “Django” and “Chainsaw” battling for the bloodlust top spot

The 38 year old “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise will duel “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit” for the top spot at the box office this weekend. And Box Office Mojo figures the only horror movie, only NEW movie in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

There’s something gloriously twee about “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” Maybe it’s the very conceit of the thing, that a mad — some would say “visionary– Anglofile sheikh could want to fling his millions at a water project in his … Continue reading

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