Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tonight’s screening: “Venus & Serena”

They have dominated women’s tennis for a decade and a half, so much so that the tennis-loving public came to take them for granted. So give the Williams sisters their due, and that’s what “Venus & Serena” appears to want … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Iceman”

The phrase “banality of evil” popped up when historians sought to explain the bland men and women who carried out the Holocaust, when critics looked for ways to describe the often dull villains that Alfred Hitchcock astutely observed were not … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Iron Man 3”

The third “Iron Man” movie, the finale to this trilogy of Marvel marvels, is the jokiest and cutest of the Iron Man movies. The Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gets a kiddie sidekick, for Pete’s Sake. It’s also far … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Kon-Tiki” is old fashioned in all the best ways

“Kon-Tiki” needed to be made for the simple reason that the world needs to remember that real scientific adventure existed long before George Lucas dreamed up Indiana Jones. The sixty-some years that have passed since Thor Heyerdahl & Co. set … Continue reading

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Next interview: Got questions for “Star Trek’s” Simon Pegg?

So my thinking re: “Star Trek Into Darkness” interviews was I’d just interviewed Chris Pine, and Zach Quinto just before him. Karl Urban I’ve talked to twice. And then I brain farted and forgot to push for Benedict Cumberbatch. But … Continue reading

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The Wondercon “Pacific Rim” footage

Steal ideas from one creator, you’re a plagiarist. Steal from a few — GENIUS — or so it is said. “Pacific Rim” has a touch of “Godzilla,” a hint of “Avatar,” a taste of “Transformers” and design elements from “Iron … Continue reading

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Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks? In the new “Annie,” it could happen

They’ve cast the little girl from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” in this Jay Z/Will Smith produced version of the musical “Annie.” But they need a Daddy Warbucks, aka Benjamin Stacks as he’s being called in this African American spin … Continue reading

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Tonight’s screening: “Iron Man 3”

As linked earlier on this blog, “Iron Man 3” has already pulled in about $200 million overseas, so it’s destined to be a blockbuster — the first of summer. So long “Oblivion,” “Olympus Has Fallen” etc. The so-so spring takes … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Winona Ryder on that “balance” in life, work, the Internet and nostalgia

Winona Ryder has a new film with a juicy role for her to play in it going into limited release this coming weekend. “The Iceman” is another tour de force Michael Shannon performance,this time as a real-life Jersey hitman. And … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Kon Tiki”

I’ve read a lot about Thor Heyerdahl and his various sea-tested “theories” about human migration/colonization. Seen the early docs about him. Now, there’s this narrative feature, which I’ve been dying to see. I hope its “Real Adventure Has No Limits” … Continue reading

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