Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Movie Preview: Jeff Garlin meets Little League parents and finds himself “Dealin’ With Idiots”

Cute little offbeat comedy, sort of Larry David Lite, if Garlin’s prior career is to be trusted. Gina Gershon, Jamie Gertz, Timothy Olyphant, Fred Willard, Richard Kind, that “Big Fat Greek” wedding lady Nia Vardalos is in it, too. Filmmaker … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Emmerich takes terrorism WAY over the top with “White House Down”

If you see just one terrorists-take-over-the-White-House thriller this year, make it “White House Down.” But even if you saw the dour and bloody “Olympus Has Fallen,” which has a LOT in common with “White House Down,” you owe it to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Fill the Void” takes us into ultra-Orthodox Israeli life

“Fill the Void” is an intimate, sensitive portrait of life, love, tragedy and tradition within the world of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews. Writer-director Rama Burshtein turns her camera on her own community and presents a tender look at people bound by … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Europa Report”

“Europa Report” is a lean, ultra-realistic sci-fi thriller that shows you don’t have to spend Tom Cruise or Will Smith money to tell a tight, intimate story. This frill-free “found footage” film may have the limited scope of a made-for-SyFy … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor”

The cast is first rate — Pitt, Bardem, Cruz, Fassbender and Cameron Diaz. The plot — not much revealed in this teaser. It’s a thriller about a lawyer who gets mixed up with drug trafficking. But we’re intrigued, which is … Continue reading

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Brad “Wild Hogs” Copeland lands “Knight Rider” script job

Central Florida native screenwriter Brad Copeland, a veteran of a lot of TV sitcom scripting gigs, has landed the job of adapting “Knight Rider,” the talking Pontiac cop show of the ’80s, into a movie. Copeland also wrote “Yogi Bear.” … Continue reading

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“Child 44” will star Tom Hardy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman

Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy of thriller/mystery novels is about a Soviet era investigation into child murders that seem to be connected to someone politically connected, or high up in the Communist Party. So “Child 44” bears a resemblance to both … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Unfinished Song” could have used some finishing

“Unfinished Song” is a cute British senior singers dramedy all-too-obviously inspired by the 2007 American documentary “Young@Heart.” Round up some adorable retirees — “Old Age Pensioners, or O.A.P.’s” the Brits call them. Put them in tie-dyed T-shirts, teach them “The … Continue reading

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