Monthly Archives: February 2014

Authenticity and good intentions were the bywords for the “Son of God” team

Producer Mark Burnett and his actress-producer wife Roma Downey are not just show business people. And not just Christians, Downey points out. “We’re very noisy Christians. With good intentions.” That’s how she explains their involvement in putting “The Bible” together … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “3 Days to Kill” opens mildly, “Lego” wins again

Chalk up another $29 million or so for “The Lego Movie,” which added screens this weekend despite the fact that “Pompeii” is opening on over 2500 3D screens nationwide. “3 Days to Kill” may make it into the low teen$, … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Great reviews for “The Wind Rises,” poor notices for everything else

Hiyao Miyazaki delivered a lovely, fanciful anime version of Japanese pre-World War II history with “The Wind Rises.” And it takes little away from the film to note that he scrubs Japan’s role in starting the war  out of this … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Stalingrad”

Interesting use of the IMAX screen and 3D format here, an epic Russian-based recounting of the pivotal battle of World War II — Stalingrad. Thomas Kreutschmann (“The Pianist”) is the most familiar face and name in the cast of this … Continue reading

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Questions for Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and “Jesus” from “Son of God” and “The Bible”?

They’ve turned their History Channel TV series into a New Testament movie. “The Bible” has been boiled down to “Son of God,” or at least “Bible” elements have been added to this faith-based feature film. Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) and his … Continue reading

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Today’s screening: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Wes Anderson did it, Bill Murray did a Charlie Rose interview promoting it. It’s going to be daft and twee and all those words critics like to use about comedies that make you titter and smirk in wry recognition. Love … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “3 Days to Kill”

Kevin Costner and the director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in “3 Days to Kill,” a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood.This being a Besson script and production, it’s also about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Paul W.S. Anderson forgets himself in “Pompeii”

Pity Paul W.S. Anderson. He’s directed so many awful movies, most of them with “Resident” and “Evil” in the title, that Sony-Tristar ineptly elected to dump his “Pompeii” at the end of February, to hide it from movie critics until … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Guardians of the Galaxy,” are we excited yet?

Maybe. The tone’s right — this trailer’s a bit of a “Get the band together” stiff. But John C. Reilly, Djimon Honsou, a sort of “Firefly” take on galactic “heroes.” It could work. Summer.

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Movie Review: Miyazaki tackles a pre-war war story in “The Wind Rises”

 ”The Wind Rises” was a dream project for the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and this gorgeous film makes a fine capstone for his career. But even though it has fanciful dream sequences and some of the most lovely hand-drawn … Continue reading

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