Monthly Archives: July 2013

Movie Review: Olivia Wilde is queen of the “Drinking Buddies”

It’s a tired Hollywood maxim that gorgeous actresses have to dress down and frump up to be taken seriously in their craft. Take that far enough — as the statuesque goddess Charlize Theron did in “Monster” — and there’s an … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Riveting performances anchor “The Spectacular Now”

Strip away the makeup and the pretense, turn a few generic high school situations on their ear and an amazing thing can happen to a teen summer movie. Reality sets in, romance feels awkward, difficult and earned and characters make … Continue reading

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Kickstarter, get the animated “Art Story” onto the screen

Local guys, former Disney Feature Animation-Florida studio folk, working to get the film they pitch here up and running. It looks promising, more promising than most of the animated duds of the summer of 2013.

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Movie Preview: Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”

Shia LaBeouf slinging an English accent, and thinking things about the alluring Stacy Martin, all in this turgid clip from Von Triers’ latest headline-grabber.

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Next interview: Got questions for Shailene Woodley?

She gained notice for TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and fame from the George Clooney/Alexander Payne dramedy “The Descendents.” Shailene Woodley’s first film after that was “The Spectacular Now,” which features another dazzlingly natural turn from this … Continue reading

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Foster (Ben) and Frears teaming up for Lance Armstrong movie

Ben Foster of “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Messenger” and “Rampart” is an intense actor with a killer gaze. Which he’ll need if he plays Lance Armstrong in Stephen “The Queen” Frears’ Lance Armstrong bio-pic. Armstrong turned that looks-could-kill thing on … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “A Single Shot” starts a world of trouble

Sam Rockwell’s a good ol’boy hunter who accidentally shoots somebody with a bag full of ill-gotten cash. And that brings William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and others into his life — with deadly consequences. Late August, VOD, with a limited … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Wolverine” fades, “Conjuring” rolls, “Fruitvale” opens big

After a robust Thursday night and a solid Friday, “The Wolverine” looked to be on track to bust into the $60million+ range for its opening weekend, kind of on the lower end of most projections for its performance. But Saturday … Continue reading

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Another “Beverly Hills Cop” movie? Eddie Murphy says “What else have I got to do?”

The ’80s action comedy phenomenon has been shopped and talked up as a TV series pitch for the past few months. That may or may not happen. But Paramount took that idea — a network or two has passed on … Continue reading

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The Great James Cromwell takes another bow with “Still Mine”

A character actor’s career can often be translated into a stock market graph. Some years you’re up, some you’re down, and some years you’re just treading water, waiting for that next role that makes your stock spike in value. “Longevity … Continue reading

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