Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Belle” director and star go where Jane Austen never dared

Folding fans flutter, bosoms heave above Empire-waisted dresses and class distinctions get in the way of true love. But in the 18th century romance “Belle,” the young British aristocrat trying to find her place, in society, and in love, is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Decoding Annie Parker”

It’s easy to forget the dark ages — when women died in their thousands and the staid, male-dominated medical profession didn’t react with alarm and purpose in trying to figure out why, when geneticists wouldn’t roll up their sleeves to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Belle,” an instant classic

“Belle” is a movie that instantly joins the ranks of the screen’s great period piece romances. Imagine a Jane Austen adaptation, with all its Empire waistlines and romantic longing, but a film in which the obstacles to love are far … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” still fails to amaze

If there’s a tie that binds most of the characters of the Marvel Universe together, it’s the mutability of the supposedly immutable human body. Characters are poisoned by radiation, zapped by electricity, bitten by spiders or broken, crushed, ruined or … Continue reading

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Today’s screening: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Have to admit, I was underwhelmed with the re-booted “Spider-Man,” the cynicism behind doing it, the Tony Perkins-ish leading man, the whole emotionally sterile/bottom line nature of the thing. So it is with a modicum of trepidation that I approach … Continue reading

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Pssst, Disney’s “Frozen” just crossed $400 million in US box office

It happened Friday night. It’s not on a lot of screens, and it only earned $39,000 nationwide all day Friday. But for fans who won’t just “Let it Go,” Disney’s “Frozen” has passed a pretty big milestone.  Little girls, and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tom Hardy, and a BMW with Bluetooth sell the minimalist “Locke”

Ivan Locke is organized. We can tell by the way he loads everything he’ll need into his BMW SUV. He’s a born manager, a gifted multi-tasker. Every call he makes or takes carries the tone of a man calming down … Continue reading

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Box Office: It’s Ladies night, all weekend, as “The Other Woman” rules

Predictions by box office prognosticators figured “The Other Woman” were all below $20 million — enough, in some cases, to win the weekend, but not suggesting how the movie really plays to a female audience. I saw it with such … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Other Woman” set to slap “Captain America,” “Heaven” should hang on

“The Other Woman” isn’t nearly as raunchy as “Bridesmaids”, or as McCarthy or Bullocky as “The Heat.” But listening to the excited chatter and reaction o the mostly-female preview audience I saw it with, this Cameron Diaz/Leslie Mann/Kate Upton comedy … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Quiet Ones” is a little — you guessed it — too quiet.

Come now, not every demonic possession thriller can claim to be “inspired by true events,” even though all of them do. “The Quiet Ones” is a rather old-fashioned possession story concocted by those kings of horror camp, Britain’s Hammer Films, … Continue reading

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