Monthly Archives: April 2014

Movie Review: “Gabrielle”

Gabrielle is 22 and impulsive. But who isn’t, at that age?She wears her heart on her sleeve and a grin on her face. She loves her bracelets, and she loves to sing. Gabrielle has perfect pitch, “just like my father.” … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: Thumbs up on “Bears,” but “Heaven” isn’t for real and “Transcendence” is trashed”

No surprise that another of Disneynature’s engaging, kid-friendly documentaries has earned universal thumbs up from critics. “Bears” has really good photography, faintly cute (ok, cloying) narration by the ursine John C. Reilly, and no bear dies. What’s not to love? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Transcendence” doesn’t transcend cliches

For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a haircut. “Chocolat,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Sleepy Hollow” — unchallenging, mop-topped coincidences, or a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Striking photography and Disney cute work together in Disneynature’s “Bears”

“Bears” is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day.It’s gorgeous, intimate and beautifully photographed. And it’s cute … Continue reading

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Greg Kinnear, an actor perpetually on the verge of tears (he’s the “white Terrence Howard) is the perfect choice to play a preacher whose son tells him he’s been to heaven. And “Heaven is for Real,” based on a book … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Aged Woody and ageless Turturro look for laughs in “Fading Gigolo”

“Fading Gigolo” is John Turturro’s idea of an old school Woody Allen comedy, so he wrote Allen into it.It’s a sentimental farce that presents Turturro as a Brooklyn Jack of All Trades whose pal (Allen) decides another trade this Jack, … Continue reading

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Turturro talks about writing for Woody, teasing tha Hassidic and playing a “Fading Gigolo”

of his many associations with Spike Lee — from “Do the Right Thing,” to “Clockers” to “He Got Game” — eight films stretching back to the ’80s.Or maybe it’s the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” connection, his four films with … Continue reading

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Box Office: Weak reviews, word of mouth tamp down “Rio 2” — “Captain America” wins another weekend

Based on the great Friday night it had, “Rio 2” appeared headed for a $43 million opening weekend at the box office, an established brand whose fans ignored poor reviews to give it a weekend win over blockbuster “Captain America: … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Rio 2” runs over “Captain America” — “Oculus” is respectable

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” seemed overly praised when it opened last week. To me, it’s more of a shrug than “the best Marvel movie” since this or that. The swooning by a few seemed unwarranted. Audiences made it a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Cuban Fury”

In the ’80s, when he was a young lad, Bruce heard the siren’s call. More likely, it was Gloria Estefan’s call. The “rhythm is gonna getcha,” and it did. As a teen, he danced salsa with his sister Sam all … Continue reading

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