Monthly Archives: February 2013

Today’s next screening: “Greedy, Lying Bastards”

It’s about global warming deniers. No, not the rubes who only recently realized that whatever Fox News was serving up on the subject was utter bull and saw the light — after their house was washed away by Sandy, burnt … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Gael Garcia Bernal teaches Chileans “We are the World” in “No”

Here’s a fascinating piece of history that escaped much of the world’s notice, when it happened back in 1988. That’s the year that international pressure finally caused the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet to hold an election in Chile, the … Continue reading

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Kristin Chenoweth gets an Oscar bump?

The diminutive Broadway/TV star Kristin Chenoweth was full of love for EVERYbody on the red carpet Oscar night, anchoring the red carpet “Who are you wearing?” silliness, looking way up at pretty much every star she waved a microphone at. … Continue reading

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Did the Weinsteins wreck “Planet Earth”?

That was the allegation of a lawsuit filed by those who put the film into production, a suit they filed a year before the film — rewritten and reshot to death — a year before it went into release. Brian … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

One thing this current run of blockbuster fairy tales inspired by Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” has taught us is how very hard it is to be Tim Burton. Multiple versions of “Snow White,” a comic spatter film “Hansel & … Continue reading

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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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