Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Movie Preview: “Olympus has Fallen”

The good news is that this is the first White House under assault thriller to hit theaters this year. March 22. They won’t be compared to “White House Down” with the red hot Channing Tatum until that film comes out … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Quartet”

Old musicians – they have the best insults. “Your singing brought tears…to my ears.” “I can’t forget you in ‘Carmen.’ But I’ll try.” The retired musicians at Britain’s Beecham House may not have the cash or relatives to ensure they … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sanctum”

Beautifully back-lit bodies are suspended in water and suspended from the 3D screen in “Sanctum,” the new trapped-in-a-cave thriller that James Cameron produced as a way of showing off his love of all things underwater. It’s a solid, old-fashioned action … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hall Pass”

Those “There’s Something About Mary” Farrelly Brothers try to get their edge back with “Hall Pass,” a rude and seriously crude riff on taking a vacation from marriage. But as they get older, they’re having more and more trouble balancing … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Mama” does $33 over the long holiday weekend — “Silver Linings” blows up

Finally going into WIDE release on a lot of screen, “Silver Linings Playbook” cracked the top three, with a $10 million weekend. “Mama,” a better-than-average horror tale with Jessica Chastain and the imprint of producer Guillermo del Toro, did a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Another movie slice of “real” British life, “Another Year” for Mike Leigh

“Life’s not always kind, is it?” a sympathetic character says, trying to comfort a friend in “Another Year.” But in the films of Mike Leigh, there are almost always kind people, sympathetic even — generally working class and always always … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Depardieu holds our interest as “Inspector Bellamy”

The late French filmmaker Claude Chabrol, who died in September at 80 after a long career in movies and TV, will be remembered for his place within the 1950s French New Wave (“Le Beau Serge, “1958) and such later movies  … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Somewhere”

At one point in her quiet and downright languorous Hymn to Hollywood, “Somewhere,” Sofia Coppola points her static camera at her star, Stephen Dorff, as his head is encased in goo. He’s a movie star who needs to have a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Biutiful”

Ugliness earns the label “art” in “Biutiful,” a film so gritty, grungy and depressing as to stand alone in a cinema built around beauty. Lovely but downbeat in the extreme, this seemingly personal project from Alejandro González Iñárritu (” Amores … Continue reading

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Sundance acquisitions — Weinsteins, Sony, others pick up films for distribution

  Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directing debut (he stars in it, too) is “Don John’s Addiction,” and Relativity Media has reportedly paid a staggering price for the indie comedy about a porn-addicted “playa” who tries to mend his ways. They must sense … Continue reading

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