Daily Archives: January 28, 2013

Movie Review: “Megamind”

There are rules to this super-hero/super-villain game, and they’re laid out by the title character in the chatty new animated adventure comedy “Megamind” starring Will Ferrell. “Good receives all the praise and adulation. Evil is sent for quiet time in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” is Woody at his weakest

Woody Allen’s oft-repeated modus operandi is that he has an idea, jots it on a slip of paper, shoves it into a desk and then takes it out later and makes a movie out of it. What was on the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beastly”

The first good movie of the new year happens to be a “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” “Beastly” is a high school non-musical updating of “Beauty and the Beast. Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly … Continue reading

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“Upside Down” — the craziest concept for a sci-fi romance ever

It looks like an SFX loaded “Another Earth,” with fortunes spent on the whole Kirsten Dunstr drinks her martini up/down, and the like. “Upside Down” stars Dunst and Jim Sturgess, lovers upside down from each other on twin planets. Dunst … Continue reading

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Disney’s 2014 film “1952” is now titled “Tomorrowland”

The back story to Disney’s Brad Bird film “1952” is that there was this fanciful, predict-the-future box of plans, notes, etc. from Walt Disney that had that year scribbled on its lid which Disney folks found after his death. George … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Rooney Mara also fails to talk Soderbergh out of retiring

Steven Soderbergh’s retiring. There’s no getting around it. But people like me keep asking those who work with the director what they’re doing to talk him out of it. Matt Damon, an old Soderbergh pal and collaborator, said “If you … Continue reading

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Ashton Kutcher IS Steve “Jobs”

A clip from the movie, opening in April. Not utterly sold. Kutcher’s as tech-savvy a star as there is in Hollywood. But does he have manic/ruthless/charming/icy in him? I wonder.

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Movie Review: “Stand Up Guys” falls down and barely gets back up

Not every senior citizen passes his or her autumn years in dignity, surrounded by family, respected by the few peers they still have left in this world. And if the retirees in question are grizzled mobsters, old “made men” who … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Let Me In”

There are monsters who wander the halls of our schools, selecting victims, destroying lives. We call them bullies. And they’re the real beasts of Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In,” his bloody, almost note-for-note remake of the Swedish tween vampire hit, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Buried”

You have to remind yourself to breathe.  It’s not that you’re literally stuck, in a coffin, with Ryan Reynolds for the 90 minutes that he’s “Buried.”  But this everybody’s-worst-nightmare thriller makes feel that you are. “Buried” works on you that … Continue reading

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