Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Oscar nominations in the AM — plan your morning accordingly.

Here they come. Seth and Emma will do all the talking. ABC will do something unseemly, stretching out the experience (NBC is WORSE with the Golden Globes, so there’s that). And we’ll know when we know. You know the drill … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Joe Manganiello on “Magic Mike,” “How I Met Your Mother” and baring it all

I first noticed Joe Manganiello during his scene-stealing turns in “How I Met Your Mother.” A recurring character, the towering Joe M. would walk into a scene, nail a big laugh, and get out. He’s like the Patrick Warburton in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Jane Eyre”

A solitary figure, clad in gray, stumbles and weeps across a rainswept moor. Yes, it’s “Jane Eyre” time again. One of the most frequently-film period pieces from the golden age of the corset is back, with Mia “Alice in Wonderland” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star”

Nick Swardson is the latest comic reclamation project to come out of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company. He’s been given a star vehicle, “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star,” a comedy about a farm country dimwit who discovers … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Atlas Shrugged,” and so will you

The “s”  word is never used in “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” the first film of a planned trilogy of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus. But it’s there in spirit, whispered off camera by the heroes of Rand’s exceptional-people-intent-on-doing-exceptional-things tale, saving the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Undefeated”

“The Undefeated” is a slick one hour and 50 minute version of those political convention hagiographies  (“A Man From Hope”), so it’s not exactly an objective take on its subject, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “30 Minutes or Less”

It’s great to see Jesse Eisenberg break out of his nebbish trap, just a bit, as a swaggering, sarcastic slacker in “30 Minutes or Less,” his latest collaboration with his “Zombieland” director. But it’s sad to see that Danny McBride … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Apollo 18”

Note to any future filmmakers planning on using that played and played-out horror subgenre, the “found footage” film. Pay attention, please. It’s kind of important if your thriller is built on “found footage” that there be some way humanly possible … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Soul Surfer”

“Soul Surfer” is the best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton’s life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach. It’s corny in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: McConaughey’s comeback begins with “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Matthew McConaughey may be the only actor in Hollywood who can swagger while sitting down. He drawls and cracks out that toothy grin and it’s lock-up-your-daughters/hide granny’s mattress money time. You either fall for his charm or roll your eyes … Continue reading

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