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Daily Archives: January 16, 2013
Despite its title, it has nothing to do with cigarettes. But its star, as he once famously said on screen, is absolutely “smokin’.” Jim Carrey is the narrator, heart and soul of “I Love You Phillip Morris,” transforming what could … Continue reading
With the self-consciously clever and sometimes achingly romantic “Happythankyoumoreplease,” TV star Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) has concocted a big screen starring vehicle for himself that calls to mind both his hopelessly romantic TV persona, and an earlier … Continue reading
Jeff Bridges dons John Wayne’s sizable boots in “True Grit,” a grittier Coen Brothers version of the tale that won the Duke his Oscar forty years ago. And if the fit isn’t as snug and the performance not as warm … Continue reading
A crime epic in two parts, the story of Jacques Mesrine makes for a glittering tour de force turn by Vincent Cassel in the title role. His mesmerizing presence in the center of Jean-François Richet’s two films lifts them above … Continue reading
Jean-Francois Richet’s two-part chronicle of the gangster Jacques Mesrine is framed within the “Bonnie & Clyde” hail of bullets that ended the notorious gangster’s life. that’s how part one, “Killer Instinct,” of this two part action bio-drama begins. So of … Continue reading
Back in his heyday, Will Smith used to brag that “July 4 weekend belongs to ME” at the movies. Mark Wahlberg is staking his own claim to a piece of the cinematic calendar. As producer and star, he’s making sure … Continue reading
“Training Day” becomes “Coming of Age Day” in “LUV,” a clumsily violent attempt at grafting two reliable genres together into one somewhat edgy picture.
“Black Swan” is that rare holiday Oscar contender that is a movie for all seasons, a film that is all things to all people Artful, epic, operatic even, this thriller set in the world of ballet challenges the viewer with … Continue reading
Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” is an entertaining old-fashioned prison escape movie with a touch of the epic about it. The novelty in this “Great Escape” is that the prisoners — soldiers and political prisoners — are on the run … Continue reading