Monthly Archives: November 2013

Review Roundup: “Hunger Games” wildly over-rated, “Delivery Man” panned, “Christmas Candle” snuffed out

Call it another form of bandwagoning, or a wave of critics relieved that at least the production values were sharper and the supporting cast beefed up. But “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is enjoying reviews that, based on the meta-meter and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Christmas Candle”

If lush settings were plums and costumes were nuts we’d all have fruitcake for Christmas. And we could enjoy it watching the lovely looking but dramatically flat and emotionally sterile “The Christmas Candle”, a pretty period piece of a holiday … Continue reading

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Cuaron’s kid does a “Gravity” short addendum to their film

The nepotism keeps on giving here as Juan Cuaron, co-writer of “Gravity” with his dad (that’s called buying your kid a credit, in some circles) does this short film about the other end of the distress call Sandra Bullock makes, … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Homefront”

Jason Statham’s the guy who wants to mind his own business, do the low profile small town thing. And James Franco is the fellow who isn’t having it. Violence ensues. “Homefront” opens Nov. 27.

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Movie Review: “Delivery Man”

“Delivery Man” is a Vince Vaughn comedy about an irresponsible oaf who discovers that his sperm-donations-for-money years resulted in 533 kids he never knew he had. Since he learns this news, that “his” kids are reaching out to break the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Philomena”

He is an ex-journalist who crossed over to a government spokesman job that has just blown up in his face. Depressed, embarrassed, the one story idea he’s been pitched is “human interest,” a story by and about “weak-minded, vulgar, ignorant … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Hunger Games, Catching Fire”

It begins with a 90 minute fashion show masquerading as a sci-fi epic, and ends abruptly. Because “Hunger Games:  Catching Fire,” is the most female-friendly/runway ready sci-fi franchise ever, and we’re not above pandering to that audience, are we? And … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Mark Frost brings the “Cuban Fury” to this dance comedy

Simon Pegg’s portly pal stars in this comedy about a lumpy Brit who falls for the new American “boss” (Rashida Jones). He has no prayer, right? I mean, Chris O’Dowd’s also in the office, all cool and charming and Irish. … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Thor” thunders to another $38, “Best Man” racks up $30

A big weekend for “The Best Man Holiday” — it actually won Friday’s face-off — was not enough to get the God of Thunder off the top of the box office heap one last time before “Hunger Games” comes along … Continue reading

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Kristen Bell on “Frozen, “Veronica Mars Movie” and naming her baby after a Car

There are things her most devoted fans know about Kristen Bell that people who didn’t help fan-finance her big screen “Veronica Mars” movie might not. She can sing, for starters. “When you’re too small to play sports, you compete in … Continue reading

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