Monthly Archives: February 2014

Movie Review: “Son of God” makes an effective-enough clip job

Blame Mel Gibson for it if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his torture and crucifixion. And “Son of God” has stretches where the agony we watch this … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Questions for Elijah Wood?

The once and forever hobbit Frodo Elijah Wood has had a pretty interesting career post-Middle Earth. Not that a lot of people have noticed. He was terrific in a small role in “Sin City,” was perfect in “Everything is Illuminated,” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Liam Neeson makes “Non-Stop” work, all by himself

 The label “durable” as in “durable leading man” has never fit Liam Neeson more than it does in these late career action pictures that have become his bread and butter since “Taken.” He still looks like he can take a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Check into the glories of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 We should all be so lucky as to live in a world designed, peopled and manipulated by Wes Anderson. His latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is a dark, daft and deft triumph of design details. From the purple velvet … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Steve Coogan brings his greatest creation to the big screen — “Alan Partridge”

Steve Coogan may have copped Oscar nominations for writing and producing “Philomena,” a film that offers Judi Dench another shot at an acting Oscar and Coogan a chance to re-invent himself as an actor. But the reason Coogan’s always needed … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Alan Partridge”

If you don’t know the name, you’ve been remiss in keeping up with your BBC America viewing. Steve Coogan’s greatest TV creation, a dumb, shallow and embittered talk show host with a jones for ABBA — and himself — has … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Stalingrad,” in IMAX 3D

 ”Stalingrad” is a huge, old-fashioned combat spectacle, a war story told on a vast scale and shown on vast IMAX movie screens, in 3D no less.It’s Russian — oh so very Russian, an epic of “The Great Patriotic War” that … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Harold Ramis:1944 – 2014

Very sad to hear that funnyman, writer/director Harold Ramis has died. He was 69, the Chicago Tribune says in the story on his death. He wrote “Caddyshack,” was famous for the “Ghostbusters” movies, reliable support to Bill Murray in “Stripes,” … Continue reading

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Box Office: “LEGO” closes in on $200 million, “3 Days” opens weak, “Pompeii” weaker

There’s a lot to be extrapolated from this weekend’s box office tallies, far beyond the ongoing love for “The LEGO Movie” and arrival of Kevin Hart as a big box office star. Another $30 million or so added on this … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Lunchbox”

 The better the obstacles to love and happiness, the more bittersweet the romance. That’s a reminder from “The Lunchbox,” an Indian film (in English and Hindi) that remembers it’s not sizzling sex scenes that make movie love stories work, it’s … Continue reading

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