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Monthly Archives: March 2014
“Cesar Chavez” is a Mexican-American “42,” a quietly inspiring and well-acted tale of a civil rights icon whose story isn’t nearly as familiar as Jackie Robinson’s. But then, Chavez wasn’t a ball player. He was a union organizer. And while … Continue reading
The average new release on Metacritic or Rottentomatoes.com has a healthy sampling of America’s reviewers weighing in on its merits. Chances are, you can find a review to your liking or that fits your tastes — since a lot of … Continue reading
“The Raid 2: Berendal” is the most violent movie ever made. The exploding heads, slit, gurgling throats and claw-hammer crunches and tears are so excessive as to make the works of Pekinpah, Tarantino and torture porn king Eli Roth seem … Continue reading
When you lose your temper, mother always taught you, “You’ve already lost the argument.” That’s not good news for “God’s Not Dead.” This is the angriest faith-based film in memory. Believers here are outnumbered, a persecuted, righteous and intellectually rigorous … Continue reading
“Divergent” had a banner Saturday to go with a healthy Friday, and should come close to $56 million by midnight tonight (Sunday.). The weekend’s biggest surprise might be “God’s Not Dead,” another indie Christian studio (FREE) release that opened mostly … Continue reading
Hand it to Summit. Te “Twilight” co., which cranked up “Hunger Games” as it was swallowed by Lionsgate, knows its demographic. Teenage girls are buying everybody in the office Bentleys. Again. “Divergent,” which critics panned and felt like a soft … Continue reading
It’s the Erroll Morris take on another secretary of defense, this one Donald Rumsfeld. His manner of thinking, his means of making decisions, the odd turns and twists in his career. For those who remember EM and his combative interview … Continue reading
Jude Law’s the randy, rough ex-con who has a Come to Jesus (or at least the Emergency Room) moment that shakes up that life and puts him back in touch with the daughter he didn’t get to see grow up. … Continue reading
That’s what the prognosticators says. The latest femme-friendly YA (young adult) action film in the “Hunger Games” mold will do do Katniss-sized business, at least on its opening weekend. “Divergent” is a pre-ordained franchise. There appears to be nothing in … Continue reading