Monthly Archives: January 2015

Movie Review: “Song One”

It’s common Hollywood practice to follow an Oscar win with a trip to big budget land, where the paychecks, the trailers and and the impact on the culture are potentially huge. So Sandra Bullock did “Gravity” right after “Blind Side,” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mommy”

It’s easy to judge her. Diane Després is 40something, wears her skirts too short, her jeans too tight (and too bedazzled) and her blouses open a little too low. She’s a brassy gum-snapper, cheap and so self-absorbed it’s no surprise … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Humbling” is somewhat less than Pacino’s tour de force

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre “Hoo Hah!” Something about his Oscar winning turn in “Scent of a Woman” unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Big Muddy”

  “Big Muddy” is a big ol’ muddle of a thriller, a lot of dangerous characters converging, from various parts of the Canadian prairie, on a femme fatale and her teenage son. It’s a modern day Western, a B-movie that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Americons”

Take away the high-wattage stars, the staggering budget and the celebratory nature of the thievery, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” would look something like “Americons,” an indie parable about greed, high-living and wrongdoing that led to the real estate/home … Continue reading

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Eddie Redmayne on Awards, and Stephen Hawking’s place in the universe

Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne had to come up with a few more surprised and “incredibly honored” remarks when his Oscar nomination for “The Theory of Everything” was announced Thursday. He’s trying to keep his head about him, even as … Continue reading

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Anne Hathaway on “Song One” and Brooklyn’s indie music scene

Anne Hathaway didn’t sing in “Interstellar,” but she does croon a tune in her latest. When the movie’s titled “Song One” and is set in the lively indie music scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it’s to be expected. But it’s not … Continue reading

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Box Office: “American Sniper” picks off “Paddington,” “Wedding Ringer” — and sets a record

Every NRA member must have gone. And a lot of conservative media outlets and websites have been all over Clint EAstwood’s somewhat controversial film (apparently a whitewashing of the real shooter), and the endorsements put meat in the seats, as … Continue reading

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Best weekend to see “Selma,” this one — best way to see it? Free, if you’re a student

Paramount and the black business community in at least 25 cities has arranged to give away over a quarter million student tickets to see “Selma” for free. Since young people are the ones who need to know this history (adults … Continue reading

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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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