Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Movie Review: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Audacious, violent and disquieting, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a summer sequel that’s better than it has any right to be. This movie about how the apes rose up against the humans who would trap them, cage … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Horrible Bosses”

Ripped from the recessionary zeitgeist, raunchy and rude and built around something like a dream cast, “Horrible Bosses” gives those ill-mannered “Bridesmaids” a run for their money.

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Movie Review: Jodie Foster gives Mel Gibson his last hurrah in “The Beaver”

You’ve never seen a Mel Gibson quite like this. Distraught, depressed and suicidal, yes. He’s been fond of that MO over the decades, sticking a gun in his mouth, wracked by guilt over this, persecuted over that. But in Jodie … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Change-Up”

The comedy envelope has been pushed, pulled, twisted and torn during this current run of smash hit R-rated sex comedies. But “The Change-Up,” the punctuation at the end of the summer of “Bridesmaids,” “Bad Teacher” and “Friends With Benefits,” dares … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The First Grader”

“The First Grader” is an earnest and well-intentioned if somewhat emotionally dry drama about one man’s pursuit of redemption and an education, a Kenyan who sought to enroll in school to learn to read in his 80s. This “inspired by … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Trollhunter”

Fun, though not nearly as much fun as it might have been, “TrollHunter” is a bit like a Norwegian version of “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale,” the Finnish horror film about “the REAL (and really evil) Santa Claus.”

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Movie Preview: “Parker,” how bad can it be?

Jason Statham is consistently interesting as an action hero — a dynamo who leans into the frame, with or without a gun. I’ve been a fan since his early Guy Ritchie days, on through “Transporter” and “Bank Job,” through “Crank,” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Devil’s Double”

Dominic Cooper goes positively Pacino in “The Devil’s Double,” a film biography of a real-life Iraqi “Scarface” and the poor sap ordered to be his stand-in.

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Box Office: Read between the lines, “Haunted” bests “Zero Dark,” “Hobbit” is still making money

In actual per screen averages, last weekend’s number 2 film at the box office, the sluggishly paced and laugh-starved “Haunted House” made more money than “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Oscar nominated winner of the overall box office race. That’s money … Continue reading

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Golden Globes: A true “Alternative Oscars” this year?

“Les Miserables” won best picture/comedy or musical, “Argo” won best picture, drama and Ben Affleck won best director. Since none of those (first two) are likely to win the Academy Award, and Affleck wasn’t even nominated, let’s call the 70th … Continue reading

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