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Monthly Archives: June 2013
Here’s a kinky, intimate drama about two mothers and friends (Watts and Wright) whose teen surfer sons represent temptation at its most carnal. Not “icky” you say? “Sensual,” etc.? Change the mothers to fathers and the sons to daughters in … Continue reading
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
“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
For everybody who believes there are no new plots under the sun (as Vladimir “Morphology of a Folk Tale” Propp posited, there are 27 plots — in toto — since the beginning of storytelling), here’s a remake of a Steve … Continue reading