Archive for June, 2010

Weekend Recap: Toy Story 3 breaks the piggy bank

“Toy Story 3” earned enough money at the box office this weekend to provide my 6 to 12-year-old self with an unlimited Toys R Us shopping spree. The film gave Pixar its highest opening weekend ever; good for tenth place on the all-time list, third for 2010 and second as far as animated films go […]

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Toy Story 3 Review

Pixar has taken the animation genre literally to infinity and beyond in the 15 years since “Toy Story” first changed the game forever. So when the ground-breaking production company decided to return to an old friend in 2010 after three straight years of cutting-edge family film-making, you had to know there was a compelling reason […]

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On DVD: The Box

As a fan of science fiction allegory, social experiment, “The Twilight Zone” and the thriller genre –no less all those elements combined — Richard Kelly and his film “The Box” should’ve at least won me over, but it doesn’t. It can’t even decide if it wants to remain completely mysterious or explicitly tell us what’s […]

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DiCaprio set as J. Edgar Hoover for Eastwood

Every so often that one film pops up and you say to yourself, “well, that’s just not fair.” That was initially what I thought in terms of the Academy Awards when Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman teamed up for “Invictus.” I turned out to be a bit off with that, but here we are again. […]

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Weekend Preview (6.18.10)

After more than ten years of pioneering new classics, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney return to the franchise that made it all possible: Toy Story. “Toy Story 3” hits theaters today and already the reception is dazzling. Another Pixar mega-hit is on our hands.

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On DVD: The Cove

It would be an insult to call “The Cove” the dolphin and porpoise version of a “Save the Whales” documentary. It is a documentary thriller filled with wildlife education, thorough journalism and top-notch espionage as much as it sheds light on an environmental/animal rights issue as deserving of our attention as anything else.

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Head back to Narnia on the “Dawn Treader” trailer

They always love to throw a good trailer my way on Thursday morning after a Trailer Wednesday. Seems like everything in the family realm wants a first look before “Toy Story 3” on Friday, even though the Narnia property no longer belongs to Disney. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Smurfs and “Tangled” teasers

This Trailer Wednesday is for the kids: two upcoming animated (or at least partly animated) features: one due out this winter and one not until next summer. The first, is Disney’s twist on one of the few fairytale princesses they haven’t turned into a franchise: Rapunzel, the focus of their upcoming movie “Tangled.” The second […]

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Archive Review: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

One has to judge “Gentleman’s Agreement” in the context in which it was made. This was a landmark film, one of the first socially responsible films in movie history that barely escaped the clutches of the government’s inquisition of communism in Hollywood as well as numerous movie industry bigwigs who didn’t want it made. Few […]

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Weekend Recap: “Karate Kid” is the best around

“The Karate Kid” swept the leg of the competition this weekend with a monstrous haul for a live-action family film, earning $15 million more than its $40 million production budget. Other newcomer “The A-Team” was left stymied, finishing way below expected with a mere $25 million.

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Add “Kick-Ass” star Johnson and Anton Yelchin to Spidey list

Two new names have been added to the shortlist for Sony/Columbia’s high-school focused reboot of the Spider-Man franchise: “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson and Anton Yelchin of “Star Trek” and “Terminator Salvation.” Based on the Los Angeles Times reports, the new names extend the previous list to seven, but the choice of two actors with more action movie experience could […]

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On DVD: Daybreakers

Vampirism seems like a disease in Hollywood these days, so “Daybreakers” will fall immediately go under the lens of skepticism. Believe it or not, however, Michael and Peter Spierig’s film separates itself through high concept futuristic science fiction. Although it ultimately spirals into an emotionless bloodbath, kudos to the film-making duo for taking the out-of-control […]

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Review: The A-Team

When it comes to adaptations, sometimes you pity the fool who knows the source material too well. I knew nothing about “The A-Team” outside of premise and having been thoroughly entertained by it, I applaud my own ignorance as it may well have been the difference- maker. Joe Carnahan’s movie version of the ’80s television […]

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On DVD: Crazy Heart

Often times a film lifts its star to new height, but every so often the film is the thing getting lifted by the star. Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning performance as raging alcoholic and chain- smoking 57-year-old country singer Bad Blake places the film “Crazy Heart” on his shoulders and creates something compelling out of another film […]

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Weekend Preview (6.11.10)

School’s out for the summer. That’s the biggest factor heading into this weekend and it could pay dividends for both of this weekend’s new releases: team action blockbuster “The A-Team” and sports movie remake “The Karate Kid.”

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