Monthly Archives: November 2014

Movie Lover’s Christmas Present? How about Hollywood WWII history, “Five Came Back”?

I just loved the new Mark Harris Hollywood history “Five Came Back,” an account of the American film industry’s response to World War II as seen through the actions of five filmmakers who joined up, did their patriotic duty and … Continue reading

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — where you can see the trailer, including here

The first place will be in select cinemas, nationwide starting today (Black Friday, or black screen with yellow titles Friday). Starwars.com has a link to a list. iTunes posted it this AM, just a few minutes ago. Here it is. … Continue reading

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The Best Picture Oscar Race– the conventional vs. the unconventional?

As I wrap up seeing the last of the potential Top Ten list movies for this year, I keep stumbling across this word “conventional,” which I’ve used in reviews for “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” — both … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Movies: “Penguins” and “Imitation Game” endorsed, “Horrible Bosses” not

One great way to spoil Thanksgiving would be to drag the friends and family to “Horrible Bosses  2,” with its headache-inducing two-guys-babbling/one-guy-screeching all at once dialogue, limp plot and reprised characters totally outclassing the new additions. Chris Pine does the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Imitation Game”

World War II, for those a little rusty on their history, wasn’t won by Brad Pitt or General Patton or Captain America. It was won by a bunch of nerds led by a socially inept, puzzle-obsessed mathematical genius who also … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Jurassic World” is straight up horror

There’s no pretense of magic and majesty to this “Jurassic Park,” no notion that this is a reboot. No, the story has progressed, the theme park has opened, safety concerns be damned. No, science has learned nothing about genetic tinkering … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Before I Disappear”

Writer-director-star Shawn Christensen’s “Curfew” was a minor miracle of a short film. This 2012 Oscar nominee was cynical and bitter, sad and uplifting — and deeply, darkly hilarious — a lot to manage in 19 magical minutes. “Curfew” earns a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Babadook”

  A mop-topped six year-old sees something in the back of his mother’s station wagon. His eyes go wild with terror and he lets out a blood-curdling scream. It’s broad daylight. And even though we sympathize with his harassed, widowed … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

Blame it on lowered expectations for the umpteenth cartoon starring those commando penguins from “Madagascar,” over-exposed little darlings who stole all those movies and went on to star in their own spin off TV series. Or lay it at the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Horrible Bosses 2”

Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing — and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching — all at once. That’s how they communicate. And if we … Continue reading

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