Monthly Archives: April 2015

Movie Review: The history of music’s “New Romantics” is explored in “Soul Boys of the Western World”

Spandau Ballet launched the “New Romantics” movement in pop’s New Wave, the music that blended punk and disco and fashion and paved the way for the “hair metal” and hip hop that followed as reactions to it. But Duran Duran, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “3 Hearts” gives Gainsbourg another emotional kick in the gut

Charlotte Gainsbourg has always had a flinch in her acting, a twitch that suggests she’s bracing for that next blow — physical or psychological. It made her the perfect Jane Eyre, perfect as Sean Penn’s I-know-he’ll-leave-me wife in “21 Grams,” … Continue reading

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Carey Mulligan — a feminist out of her time?

Glowing reviews are nothing new to English rose Carey Mulligan. The star of “An Education,” damsel in distress of “Drive” and Daisy Buchanan of the recent “Great Gatsby” is used to the sort of notices she’s earning for her turn … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Far from the Madding Crowd”

Thomas Hardy’s romantic Victorian novel of class, labor and the fickle finger of love, “Far From the Madding Crowd,” earns a stately yet earthy and full-blooded film treatment from the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. The film makes a fine showcase … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

“Casting is 90 percent” of movie-making, the old maxim goes, and nowhere is that more obvious than the Marvel corps assembled for these Avengers movies. Everybody looks right for the part, can play pathos and humor with aplomb and just … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Maya the Bee Movie”

A one-hundred year-old German children’s book earns a fresh big screen treatment in “Maya the Bee Movie,” a joint German/Australian/Belgian production that fills a few screens in the lull between major studio computer-generated cartoons. “Maya” is about a plucky, non-conformist … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Private Number”

Most movie reviews treat you to that telling moment when a perhaps promising comedy, thriller or drama goes wrong. Unless, of course, the script, direction or performances never take a false step. But it’s easier to talk about “Private Number” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Welcome to Me”

Our post-“Bridesmaids” love affair with Kristen Wiig has been tested a few times in the eccentric choices in roles she’s done since, but never moreso than with “Welcome to Me.” The quirky, clueless Plain Jane self-absorption thing that tested our … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A better-late-than-never “Fashion Icon” takes a bow in “Iris”

She was never a great beauty, a model or magazine editor, never married anybody famous. But somehow, Iris Apfel was annointed a New York “fashion icon.” That’s out of the ordinary in itself. That Apfel achieved this status, with her … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “Adaline” neck and neck with no-neck “Furious,” “Ex Machina” opens well

Last weekend in April, most of the releases rolled out this weekend are in the tentative territory. The faith-based fumble “Little Boy” is on over 1,000 theaters, and may barely crack the Top Ten, per Deadline.com. “Ex Machina”, very smart, … Continue reading

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