Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert: 1942-2013

He was the first movie critic most of us ever heard of, the Critic Next Door/Everyman with Everyman’s Tastes who shared a TV set with the seemingly snobbier Gene Siskel in the Golden Age of Film Reviewing. Roger Ebert turned … Continue reading

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Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” a welcome “Nemo” sequel

Ellen DeGeneres gave one of the great, quirky vocal performances in animation history when she brought the daffy,, short-term memory-loss suffering Blue Tang “Dory” to life in “Finding Nemo.” And even though that film’s heart and narrative drive were in … Continue reading

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“The Great Gatsby” — new trailer shows flashbacks, violence

And it lets us hear us hear an original Beyonce tune from the soundtrack. Looks like an expansion of the novel, and the whole “Moulin Rougeing” of the music seems to work OK. Carey Mulligan, too smart to play Daisy … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Renoir” at the Florida Film Festival

“Renoir” aims to do for the great Auguste Renoir what “The Last Station” did for Leo Tolstoy. It’s a lovely, painterly period piece that mimics the colors of Renoir’s art, but one that never manages to find the warm, beating … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Greetings from Tim Buckley”

Tim Buckley died in the 70s, was part of that whole singer songwriter movement of that moment, and the son he never knew (Jeff Buckley) was just icing on the cake of the Buckley myth. Penn Badgley plays the son … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Ryan Gosling’s next one, “Only God Forgives”

A violent man in a violent underworld of Thai fight clubs in Thailand. The director of “Drive” is behind the camera (Nicolas Winding Refn), with Gosling as his existential lead, Kristen Scott Thomas playing the femme fatale mom. “Only God … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman on “Arrested Development — New Episodes” hitting Netflix

Deadline.com is reporting that “Arrested Development” returns to the loving embrace of its fans on May 26 (midnight the 27th for us East Coasters) on Netflix. These are the new episodes — Netflix is ordering more — that will lead … Continue reading

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“Jack the Giant Slayer” puts Warners $140 million in the red

The reviews weren’t scathing. Just indifferent, generally. As were the crowds. THR reports that Warners/Legendary’s Bryan Singer fairytale epic “Jack the Giant Slayer” never packed them in and Warner Brothers will take a $140 million bath on this first epic … Continue reading

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