Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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Next Interview: Tommy Lee Jones, of “Emperor”

No. He didn’t win another Oscar for “Lincoln.” But let’s hope he’s not irked about that. The title of his new film, “Emperor,” has multiple meanings. Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur, who led Allied forces to victory in the Pacific … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Sweeney”

Movie shoot-outs are often dazzling feats of marksmanship. Few filmmakers have the guts to show their version of “Gunfight at the OK Corral” the way such gunfights actually go down — dozens of rounds, most  missing the mark — pistols … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Stoker”

The Stoker house is in mourning. Widow Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) has crawled into a bottle, weeping. Teenage daughter India (Mia Wasikowska), already withdrawn from Mom, pulls further into her sullen shell. She hates to be touched, becomes even more of … Continue reading

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Today’s next screening, “Phantom,” a Cold War Era Soviet sub tale

Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Sean Patrick Flannery, Lance Henriksen, Johnathan Schaech — it’s a Boy’s Club at sea in this thriller, “Phantom,” set to open Friday. It’s only coming to a few cities, Orlando included.  My review is … Continue reading

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Ray Winstone gets back to his Cockney roots in “The Sweeney”

Visit any website devoted to British films and TV shows, and the talk’s been there for years. “When will they make a movie of ‘The Sweeney’?” And “Ray Winstone should play Regan.” “The Sweeney” is the iconic, gritty and violent … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hide Away (A Year in Mooring)”

Not every movie has to cover a lot of ground or take you on an epic journey to succeed. Sometimes the shortest trips can be rich and rewarding enough. So it is with Chris Eyre’s “Hide Away.” It’s a simple, … Continue reading

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OSCAR ratings: Up 4%

More people watched the Academy Awards last night, as Variety reports that the Oscars had their best numbers since 2007. So the Academy, in hiring Seth MacFarlane, in spreading the honors to a lot of potential winners, found a formula … Continue reading

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