Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

Tonight’s Screening: “The Kings of Summer,” this year’s “Superbad?”

It seems too soft, too sweet, too coming-of-age. Light on the “McLovin,” if you follow. But “The Kings of Summer” seems to wear its heart on its teenage boy’s sleeve. Pals sneak off into the woods to build a cabin … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “What Maisie Knew”

Henry James was onto something over 100 years ago when he zeroed in on the true victim and best observer of a divorce, a child, in “What Maisie Knew.” Now that novel has been modernized and freely adapted into a … Continue reading

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How much WILL Robert Downey Jr. pocket from “Iron Man 3,” and can “The Avengers 2” afford him?

Interesting speculative piece on Deadline.com today about Marvel’s potential problems lining up the stars for an “Avengers” sequel. With Robert Downey Jr. on track to take home $50-60 million or more from “Iron Man 3,” and contractually free from the … Continue reading

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Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” invites comparisons to “The Help”

Lee “Precious” Daniels rounded up Oscar winners, and Oprah, to bring his version of the life of a White House butler who had a front row seat to the great swing in America’s racial history. Forest Whitaker has the title … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Aftershock”

Young tourists party their way across Chile, hitting the clubs, hunting for a little “Third World” experience.“Like, COOL Third World,” one explains. “You know. Like Bali.”They chatter on their cell phones, hit on drunken hotties and sprinkle Yiddish into their … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Great Gatsby”

Jazzy, fizzy and often quite fun, Baz Luhrmann’s “Pretty Good Gatsby” takes F. Scott Fizgerald’s Great American Novel out for a sometimes dazzling, always irreverent spin. The gauzy picture postcard 3D production design and superb leading players breathe life into … Continue reading

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