Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

Movie Review: “Spare Parts”

“Spare Parts” is a pleasant enough run-of-the-mill outsiders-beat-the-odds dramedy in the “Race the Sun” mold. It’s about undocumented high school kids who enter a big robot-building competition, and make a splash in that state most hostile to illegal immigration — … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

“The Wedding Ringer” is “Wedding Crashers Redux,” a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps “Ringer” work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Timbuktu”

“Timbuktu” is a picturesque nightmare, a quiet, beautiful and chilling account of a city under the rule of Islamic jihadists. They briefly seized the ancient city in Mali a couple of years back, but the conflict and events depicted in … Continue reading

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Oscar snubs — Gyllenhaal, Gugu, “Force Majeure,” “Lego Movie”?

Jake Gyllenhaal could have made that best actor field, and that’s a performance that merited inclusion. I don’t disagree with Bradley Cooper’s nomination for best actor for “American Sniper.” The movie’s controversy aside, he gives a real performance in it … Continue reading

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35th Razzies dishonor Sandler, MacFarlane, Kirk Cameron, “Transformers” and those sucky “Turtles”

The Golden Raspberry Awards, trashing the worst in cinema in a given year, and once an amusing antidote to Hollywood’s self-celebration, pretty much totally jump the shark this year, turning their “announcement” into a video event, their website into an … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Blackhat”

As focused as the blurred, often random moments of unsteady steadicam shots and as coherent as co-star Wei Tang’s indecipherable Chinese accent, Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” is a classic January fire sale thriller. Mann’s worst film since he transitioned into the … Continue reading

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