Monthly Archives: July 2013

Movie Preview: “American Hustle” is David O. Russell’s all-star ’70s slam

It’s an age of ABSCAM (wiki it) hustle-hoodwink thriller with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. And a lot of ’70s music, fashions and facial hair. Sex, drugs and Led Zep? In December. Advertisements

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Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence top Forbes’ best-paid-actresses list

Jolie collected a big check for a movie that hasn’t come out yet.  She pulled in $33, June 2012 to June 2013. Jennifer Lawrence has two franchises in play (“X-Men” prequels, “Hunger Games” sequels), an Oscar (like Jolie) and is … Continue reading

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Next Screening: “We’re the Millers”

Jennifer Aniston joins Jason Sudeikis in another raunchy post-“Hangover” comedy about a pot smuggler who hires a stripper, a runaway and a teen boy whose description (“the virgin”) is probably as sophisticated as this farce gets. Four credited screenwriters, an … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Got Questions for Paul Schrader?

His “The Canyons” hits a limited number of theaters next week. It has buzz — notoriety — if not great advance reviews. The Lindsay Lohan casting coup was obviously pretty polarizing, pairing her up with a young porn actor was … Continue reading

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Critical Consensus: Shockingly, not everybody says “Smurfs” suck

Give the Smurf Devil his due — “Smurfs 2” has a couple of pretty good effects. A Ferris wheel busts loose and rolls through Paris, for instance. But the movie? Somebody pull Neil Patrick Harris’s cool-and-gay card. What drivel. Even … Continue reading

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Ron Livingston, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass

Yeah, I have a hard time figuring out which one I’m seeing in “Drinking Buddies,” “The Spectacular Now,” or “Safety Not Guaranteed.” How about you? Duplass is in the middle, and if it’s indie, I expect it to be him. … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Pretty moving, and not at all what I expected from a new screen version of James Thurber’s most famous story. Does “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a humorous tale of a guy with a rich fantasy life (adventure, etc.) … Continue reading

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“Artemis Fowl” headed to the big screen

Disney and its longs-estranged former partners, The Weinsteins, will bring the popular children’s book series “Artemis Fowl” to the screen, according to a report in THR. The eight sci-fi books by Eoin Colfer, about a teenage criminal mastermind, were a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Smurfs 2”

Get yourself into a Smurfy frame of mind, hum a few notes of “The Smurf Song” and try to remember your cartoon watching primary school years. Cross your fingers that actors Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays and Brendan … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Canyons”

Both sides of the Lindsay Lohan divide can draw comfort from “The Canyons,” Paul Schrader’s lurid film of the Bret Easton Ellis script about “what a small town” LA is for the young and beautiful around the fringes of the … Continue reading

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