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Daily Archives: January 10, 2013
Miranda July takes “twee” about as far as she can, and then some, with “The Future,” her latest, most melancholy romance. The director of “Me and You and Everyone We Know” transcends cute and crosses into precious with this film, … Continue reading
Ever since “300,” Zack Snyder has been the darling of the Warner Bros. lot, left to try his hand at the most famous graphic novel adaptation of all (“Watchmen”) and even given a kids’ movie about talking warrior owls from … Continue reading
The Oscar-nominated French Canadian drama “Incendies” takes us from Montreal to Lebanon as two 30ish siblings try to unravel the mystery of their mother’s life and flight from that country decades before. Not that it identifies those locales right away. … Continue reading
A boy on a black bicycle slushes by a long line of gray-clad soldiers, pedestrians and refugees on a snowy dike-top road. It’s January of 1945, “Winter in Wartime,” and nobody has gasoline but the Germans, and the Germans are … Continue reading
Film buffs tend to forget, with the half century or more of hoopla surrounding “Seven Samurai” and “Yojimbo,” that samurai pictures were and remain the equivalent of Westerns in Japan — formula films with time-honored motifs, action beats and archetypes. … Continue reading
“Thor,” the first summer comic book blockbuster out of the gate, has a lot of that winking wit we’ve come to expect from our post-’Spider Man” Marvel movies. It has a hunky, self-mocking young star, solid support from a couple … Continue reading
A good science fiction movie will let you forget it’s sci-fi , focusing on characters, their humanity and their quest. It doesn’t matter if they’re hurtling through space or time or in what universe they’re inhabiting. If the movie gets … Continue reading
The French thriller “Point Blank” clocks in at just 84 minutes. And a leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year. Fred Cavaye’s film is a ticking clock tale with all the … Continue reading
Take “Kick-Ass,” a film about an ordinary delusional guy who creates a costume, dons a mask and calls himself a “superhero” — albeit one without any “super” powers. Strip it of most of its wit and charm, amp up the … Continue reading
So one isn’t considered a promising enough prospect to warrant a preview screening. And the other could do for zombies what “Twilight” did for blood-suckers — make’em young and romantic. High hopes for one, guarded fears for the other.