Daily Archives: February 26, 2013

It’s official, Dreamworks’ “Rise of the Guardians” was a big flop

I called it “the worst animated film ever to wear the Dreamworks label,” or some such, when I reviewed the lifeless “Rise of the Guardians.” But it earned over $300 million, worldwide. Not too shabby. That didn’t keep the studio … Continue reading

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Next screening: “No,” in which Gael Garcia Bernal goes “Mad Men” on General Pinochet

It wasn’t guns and guerillas that overthrew the military dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile. It was advertising. The Pablo Larrain film “No” captures Chileans as they work to build voter turnout, through advertising, on an election that would have legitimized … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Peeples,” with Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier

Always like seeing David Alan Grier, a funny actor who should have had more of a career post “In Living Color” than he did. Craig Robinson’s the guy in love with Kerry Washington. Who isn’t? But he’s got to meet … Continue reading

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Coen Brothers get writing assignment from Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie wants to direct and Universal would like to release a film based on Laura “Seabiscuit” Hillenbrand’s biography, “Unbroken.” But first they need a workable script. That’s where Joel and Ethan Coen come in. They’re taking the money to … Continue reading

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Oscar night’s “hidden” Visual Effects protest explained

One Oscar winner was played off stage when he was “about” to start talking about the disastrous financial shape the VFX industry is in, with the “Life of Pi” effects house Rhythm & Hues shutting down, and Digital Domain expecting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Phantom”

In sports and the military, “professionalism” describes people who go about their work, their duty, with a calm, dispassionate efficiency – no fuss, no panic when things go wrong, few mistakes, little attention paid to the odds, the chance for … Continue reading

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Senate closes down “Zero Dark Thirty” witchhunt the day after the Oscars

How’s this for timing? The Senate Intelligence Committee, which had injected itself into the Oscar race by deposing Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and others involved in the film in order to find out the source of their Killing Bin … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”

Mira’s Nair new film is about the radicalization of an Americanized Pakistani, a young guy educated here, who has bought into the system, and then, after 9/11, feels thaty he’s being persecuted into someone he is not. It stars Riz … Continue reading

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