Monthly Archives: April 2014

Movie Review: Paul Walker’s next to last film, “Brick Mansions,” is far too typical of his weaker films

The late Paul Walker wasn’t a great actor, but within a narrow corner of the action genre, he was the guy who got the job done. A vulnerable tough guy who could hold his own in stunt brawls and car … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Walking with the Enemy”

Ben Kingsley classes up “Walking with the Enemy,” an ambitious if muddled World War II drama about the Holocaust in Hungary. Kingsley plays Miklos Horthy, Regent of Hungary during the war. He gives the leader, an ally of Nazi Germany, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Other Woman”

And thus, is a great comic duo born.“The Other Woman” is a female empowerment comedy and buddy picture, a PG-13 “Bridesmaids,” as if that was even possible. But it is, because of Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. Diaz, whom future … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The German Doctor”

As plain and simple as the title is, it still gives the story away.“The German Doctor” is set in South America — Argentina — in 1960. And you’d have to have slept through years of history classes and skipped past … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Railway Man”

In Hollywood parlance, they “meet cute” — he stumbles into her first class seat on the train to Edinburgh. She (Nicole Kidman) is a bit taken aback, but only for a moment. She offers, way too soon, that she’s “newly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Blue Ruin”

Every homeless man has a story. And in the case of Dwight Evans, the “Duck Dynasty”-bearded hermit of the minimalist thriller “Blue Ruin,” it’s a minor epic.Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s film is about a blood feud, the crippling impact of long-ago … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Last Passenger”

A runaway train tale is a disaster made for the movies. It happens in real time, a ticking clock thriller where “the end of the line” is literally the end of the line for its victims. We learn which characters … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Heaven is for Real” opens big, “Transcendence” doesn’t, “Bears” bombs

This spring’s steady diet of faith-based films has apparently gotten SOME folks back in the habit of going to the movies. The faithful are tithing to Tristar as Sony’s “Heaven is for Real,” based on the best seller about a … Continue reading

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Easter Weekend Box Office: Can “Heaven is for Real” transcend “Transcendence”?

Neither of the major openings this weekend has a prayer of catching “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or “Rio 2.” The bad reviews for Johnny Depp’s last film in which he does not play a pirate (merely a prediction) won’t … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Belle”

A period piece about an illegitimate, mixed-raced beauty raised by her aristocratic uncle (Tom Wilkinson), “Belle” could be a breakthrough role for Gugu Mbatha-Raw, of English and South African ancestry. And in a posh period piece, no less. Matthew Goode, … Continue reading

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