Daily Archives: January 6, 2013

Movie Review: “Red Lights”

Here’s one thing the movies get wrong pretty consistently — the reaction of seemingly rational people upon seeing the supernatural, the impossible, the miraculous. “Red Lights” is a promising psychological thriller that gets that detail just right. Advertisements

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Movie Review: “Take This Waltz,” Canadian content, yes, but not much else

Canadian actress-turned-director Sarah Polley landed Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman for her first directorial outing since the Oscar-nominated “Away From Her.” Unfortunately, the mopey anti-romance she stuck them in didn’t take advantage of their full talents, and the … Continue reading

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Sally Potter’s latest, “Ginger & Rosa,” featuring Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall and Christina Hendricks

So Sally “Orlando” Potter’s latest is a poetic coming of age piece set during the alarming nuclear fears of the 1960s. Looks intriguing, and that cast is pretty sure-handed in picking good pictures. “Ginger & Rosa” has already opened in … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Chainsaw” $23, “Django-saw” $20

A decent-enough opening weekend of the year at the box office, with the lone “new” wide release doing $23 million, at 3D ticket prices. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” wins with a $23 million take. “Django Unchained” is holding audience better than … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Star Trek” gets a J.J. Abrams re-boot, and boost

It took decades of increasingly mediocre TV series and Data-dull movies to beat Star Trek to death. But J.J. Abrams brings it all back to basics, and back to life, with a rousing “How Scotty Met Sulu” prequel about how … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “50/50”

As frightening as the word is, you don’t put “cancer” in a movie’s title if you want people to come see it. Thus, the serio-comic “I’m With Cancer” was renamed “50/50.” Those are our hero’s odds of surviving the malignancy … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Courageous”

It’s interesting to track the growing cinematic sophistication of those preaching/filmmaking brothers of Sherwood Baptist Church from “Facing the Giants” to their breakout hit “Fireproof” to their latest film. Writer Stephen Kendrick and writer-director-actor Alex Kendrick have mastered building suspense, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “What’s Your Number?”

Bad timing allowed “What’s Your Number?,” a mildly raunchy romantic comedy about a woman lamenting her sexual history as she resolves to finally save herself for Mr. Right, to come out mere months after the too similar “Bridesmaids.”

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Movie Review: “Dream House”

Whatever its shortcomings, director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts deserved better than the give-away-the-store trailer that Universal delivered for “Dream House.” Screenwriter David Loucka? Oh yeah, HE deserved a trailer that drops the film’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Way”

Emilio Estevez wrote, directed and took a supporting role in “The Way,” an easy-going road picture that plays right into his father, Martin Sheen’s wheelhouse.

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