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Holiday Movie Preview 2011: Action & Thrillers

Action fans might be pining for the summer this Holiday Season as only three films can be considered pure action movies, yet all but one are among the season’s most anticipated. I’ve paired them up with the season’s two thrillers, which also could be two of the better films you’ll likely see between now and […]

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Review: Happy Feet Two

There’s little rhyme or reason to anything in the “Happy Feet” universe. If it sings, dances, looks cute and enhances ethnic diversity, it flies. Except penguins of course — penguins can’t fly, everyone knows that. But that doesn’t mean they can’t creatively problem solve through self-determination, tap-dancing and passionate arias. Okay, so nothing makes sense […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (11.18.11)

  The twilight shines brightest before the dawn. This week the two-part conclusion (sigh) of the “Twilight” saga begins, and as I write this, millions are already waiting eagerly for their midnight screening of “Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ to commence. For everyone else, a trip to the antarctic with “Happy Feet Two” offers some […]

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Holiday Movie Preview 2011: Comedy/Drama/Romance

There might be a lot of “Ho, Ho, Ho!” every Holiday Season, but in 2011 there’s not a lot of “Ha, Ha, Ha!” In by far the most ambiguous genre grouping in Movie Muse Movie Preview history. The one pure comedy is December’s “The Sitter” while some of definite Oscar contenders made it on this list […]

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Holiday Movie Preview 2011: Animation and Family

The holidays bring families together — and often times at the movies. Why? Because you can only talk to those people for so long, and at least this way you’re all “doing something together.” So not surprisingly, we have three animated family films competing for your Thanksgiving weekend dollars. The family genre also has more […]

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Prepare to Enter the Arena with ‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Of all the “darker” young adult series to emerge in the wake of the “Twilight” novels, none has caught on like Suzanne Collins‘ “Hunger Games” trilogy. And unlike “Twilight,” these novels have actually received praise outside of the teenage girl demographic. As such, “The Hunger Games” is one of 2012’s most anticipated films, so right on schedule […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (11.11.11)

When Adam Sandler’s cross-dressing comedy releases in the same weekend as Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” it must be November. “Jack and Jill” will look to keep the comedian on top despite its overall ridiculousness while “Immortals” studio Relativity Media is about to find out just how far the name “300” can take you. “J. Edgar” […]

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On DVD: Cars 2

The Pixar library stands as modern animation’s most impressive by far, partly due to both the studio and Disney’s belief that sequels should only be made with the right artistic reasons in mind, namely a good story. That’s why, to date, we have just “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3″ and … “Cars 2″ … […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (11.4.11)

Onward into November! As the Holiday Movie Season draws near, the jingle of bells and the buzz of Oscar statuettes starts to drag us into the theaters for some cozy weekend time expending. No surprise then that we have one of the fall’s big-name action comedies in “Tower Heist” starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, […]

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Review: Take Shelter

When done right, few tales are more riveting than a person’s descent into madness. Alfred Hitchcock proved this time and time again and Jeff Nichols reinforces it in “Take Shelter,” a film likely to have been lauded by the master of suspense himself. Anchored by the performances of Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, “Shelter” broods […]

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Bond 23 Will Be Titled ‘Skyfall’

The title of iconic movie spy James Bond‘s 23rd theatrical adventure will be titled “Skyfall.” Producers Barbara Broccoliand Michael G. Wilson made the official announcement this morning along with director Sam Mendes and the principal cast, including star Daniel Craig.

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Ten Movie Residences That Would Have Been Better Haunted

If you had to name the most famous fictional movie houses, you’d mostly come up with the haunted ones. Houses hardly end up as the main characters or the sole location for an entire film unless they’re haunted or something’s up. Even the best mansions and castles are the ones crawling with something not of […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (10.28.11)

Halloween weekend: It must be time for another “Saw” … what? No new horror films this weekend? Weird. Well, most of you might be curling up on the couch with “Halloween” or another classic of your choosing, but there’s plenty to choose from at the theaters too. DreamWorks rolls out “Shrek” spin-off “Puss in Boots” […]

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‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Possesses New Opening Record for Fall, Horror Movies

After the “Saw” franchises bowed out last year, few people doubted that “Paranormal Activity” and its sequel last fall marked the arrival of what would fill that annual horror void. But unlike the father of the torture horror genre, which peaked at about $33 million, producer and original “PA” director Oren Peli’s baby has climbed […]

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Review: The Ides of March

It might not be an election year, but politics never take a break from being cutthroat. “The Ides of March” peels back the curtain on election campaigns, in this case those of two Democrats vying for their party’s nomination. Based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, who had a hand in the screenplay, “Ides” […]

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