Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Movie Review: More of the same, some of it fun, in “RED 2”

They bicker, emotionally blackmail each other, kiss and make up. Because they have history. But Bruce Willis and John Malkovich aren’t the “real” couple at the heart of “RED 2,” the action comedy sequel about retired government assassins. They’re just … Continue reading

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Downey, Tatum, Jackman and Wahlberg top Forbes “Highest Paid Actors” list

This isn’t the annual assessment of bang-for-your-movie-investment-buck list that Forbes compiles, telling us which stars are actually worth the big salaries they command, in box office, and which aren’t. It’s a simple statement of earnings over the past year. “Iron … Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch IS Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate”

Self-important, pretentious, deeply-flawed. It’s a trifle too “on the nose” casting, yes? Putting the fellow who dazzles playing the troubled Brit TV Sherlock Holmes in the role of Wikileaks Emperor Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate.” But man, he’s on … Continue reading

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“Dear Mr. Watterson” is the new documentary about “Calvin & Hobbes”

Yes, kids, there used to be things called “newspapers.” With what we called, back then “Funny pages.” And the best thing ever to hit those funny pages was the sublimely silly, serenely insightful “Calvin & Hobbes,” a dizzy take on … Continue reading

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Critical Consensus: “Turbo” barely makes it around the track

Dreamworks, like Pixar, wasn’t able to put its best foot forward with a big summer movie this year. The idea cupboards at both dream factories seem pretty bare. “Monsters University” was hyped and promoted to beat the band, but thin … Continue reading

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Today’s screening, “Fruitvale Station”

The Weinstein Co. may roll this indie drama into many more markets, simply due to its topicality. It’s a true story about a young black man with a checkered past who gets into a dust-up with BART (Bay Area) transit … Continue reading

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