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Monthly Archives: November 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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