Monthly Archives: August 2013

Weekend Box Office: “Butler” wins a weak one, “You’re Next” flops

“The Butler” probably won’t stick around long enough to pass “We’re the Millers” as a late August surprise at the box office. But it did well enough to win its second weekend in a row — over $17 million. “Millers” … Continue reading

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Julie Harris: 1925-2013

Julie Harris collected six Tonys and more than a few movie anecdotes over the course of her long, storied career. She acted opposite James Dean in “East of Eden,” and told great stories about what a camera hog and fussbudget … Continue reading

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Brian DePalma hunts for more passion in this remake of a French film

The 2010 French film “Crime d’Amour (Love Crime)” opened to unspectacular reviews and indifferent box office in France and then the U.S. But something about it intrigued legendary American filmmaker Brian DePalma. And when a producer pitched the idea of … Continue reading

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The Gothic South of Billy Bob Thornton

The rural South hasn’t produced many filmmaking voices. But one of them is Billy Bob Thornton. And that’s important, because there are things a guy who grew up in the South knows, experienced and appreciates that no New York film … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “Butler” beats back “Mortals,” “World’s End,” “You’re Next” bombs

The only new opening this weekend at the movies that’s performing off par is “You’re Next,” a superior slasher picture that should have ridden decent reviews and a reliable fanbase to a $15 million+ opening weekend. And it isn’t. Based … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “You’re Next” may best “World’s End,” but “Mortal” looks quite mortal

These are the dog days of August, especially for movie goers. It’s not that the films are bad, but expectations drop, the audience shrinks with kids back in school and we are reminded, every Sunday night, that the last blockbuster … Continue reading

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Affleck vs. Cavell in the Batman/Superman movie –and the backlash begins

I say “vs.” because I am assuming, based on earlier reports, that this next Superman film will play with the caped heroes in conflict formula run through comic books of the ’80s and 90s. The Dark Knight is really dark, … Continue reading

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Dueling Lance Armstrong movies — who will win the yellow jersey?

Bradley Cooper will produce and certainly could (if that’s his intention) star in a Lance Armstrong: PHD Star cycling bio-pic. He’s fit and dashing and could manage the look. Will the Cooper produced film beat the planned Stephen Frears/Julian Fellowes … Continue reading

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“The Book Thief” rolls out in November, just in time for Oscar consideration?

It’s a Holocaust drama based on an acclaimed best seller. It stars Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, has adorable kids, life-and-death consequences and a love of books. Might this be an Oscar contender? Nov. 15, when “The Book … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Cutie and the Boxer”

An old man strips off his shirt and dons goggles and boxing gloves with foam pads taped over the fists. He plunges those fists into tubs of paint and proceeds to go three vigorous rounds, pounding his paint-fists onto a … Continue reading

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