Daily Archives: January 6, 2013

Movie Review: Romance among the French in “The Names of Love”

The rules of screen romance don’t change much, from country to country, culture to culture. The cinematic language of love is universal. Thus the French romance “The Names of Love” plays with conventions that American filmgoers will find familiar and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The “Twilight Zone” returns in “Real Steel”

“Real Steel” is “Transformers” meets “The Champ,” a cute, occasionally sentimental father-son bonding picture with Rock’Em Sock’Em boxing robots as its backdrop.\

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Movie Review: Gus Van Sant’s “Restless”

Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” is predicated on an old movie truism — the quirkiest romances begin at funerals. That’s where Enoch (Henry Hopper) meets Annabell (Mia Wasikowska). He’s a morbidly curious funeral-crashing teenager who lives in a rundown mansion, wears … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Ides of March”

Stephen Myers knows his boss’s talking points so well he can stand in for him, reciting them as technicians adjust the lights for the next presidential debate. “My religion, what I believe in, is called the Constitution of the United … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Whistleblower”

Rachel Weisz has her best role since her Oscar winning turn in “The Constant Gardener” in “The Whistleblower,” another tale in which she plays an idealistic, morally complicated woman in pursuit of a deadly truth.

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Movie Review: “Footloose”

Toes are tapping, feet are shuffling and boots are bouncing in the opening to the new “Footloose.” Kids are dancing and frolicking, having a few beers to the title song of a 1984 movie, a tune by Kenny Loggins. Then … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Mighty Macs”

  There’s something irresistible about a the underdog’s plight, something glorious about a “Cinderella Story” in sports. “The Mighty Macs” is a movie that taps into that, telling us of the glory days of  Immaculata College’s women’s basketball team. This … Continue reading

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