Monthly Archives: January 2013

Movie Review: “Hereafter”

Clint Eastwood’s late life/late career fascination with mortality, death and grieving devolves, at long last, into a cheap parlor trick in “Hereafter.” This wholly unsatisfying variation on “what lies beyond” shows him to be ill-suited to the subject and to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”

In the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” novels of Kathryn Lasky, owls have mastered fire and metallurgy and have been known to play the lute as they sing their epic poems about epic battles from days of yore. And in the film … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Devil”

M. Night Shyamalan indulges his messianic side with “Devil,” a quasi-religious supernatural thriller he has released under his The Night Chronicles production banner. It’s a tidy tale about the Devil picking off folks trapped in an elevator in a Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “You Again”

Disney’s effort to turn Kristen Bell into America’s Sweetheart reaches its tipping point with “You Again,” a flat romantic comedy that packages her in a funny setup and surrounds her with funny people. That the experiment tips over backwards isn’t … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Hava Nagila,” a documentary about the song that makes everybody Jewish

I learned it in elementary school music class. Along with kibbutz working songs. I think the teacher in the small town where I grew up was a closet Zionist. Everybody knows it. Or knows a little of it. Even anti-Semites. … Continue reading

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Jessica Chastain as “Miss Julie”? Yes, a Liv Ullman film co-starring Colin Farrell

Hollywood isn’t exactly beating down the doors to make movies of August Strindberg plays. But Liv Ullman, muse to the late Ingmar Bergman, wants to direct a film of the Swede’s most famous play, “Miss Julie.” She’s got Colin Farrell … Continue reading

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MGM back in the game, with a new infusion of cash?

MGM, the studio Louis Mayer led to glory in the 30s, 40s and 50s, has long been Hollywood’s version of Broadway, a “fabulous invalid” always on life support, in and out of comas, selling off its backlot, back catalog, what … Continue reading

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La Streisand will sing at the Oscars

Adele is going to sing her James Bond song, “Skyfall.” Norah Jones will sing the title tune from “Ted,” and Barbra Streisand, 70, has agreed to show up to sing a “special” song. Will it be a Bond tribute, a … Continue reading

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Seth MacFarlane will show his face co-starring with Charlize Theron in a comic Western

Seth MacFarlane is managing a Conan O’Brien transition the likes of which the movies have never seen. He’s gone from creating cartoons to voicing a potty-mouthed special effects teddy bear to hosting the Oscars to writing, directing and starring in … Continue reading

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Indie distributor Indomina — they released “Holy Motors,””LUV,” etc. — closes up shop

Sorry to hear that the small-scale global distributor Indomina has given up the ghost, pretty much, in the US. Most everybody laid off, operations winding down. They released the film I thought was the best documentary of last year — … Continue reading

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