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Weekend Movie Preview (8.12.11)

August would be the “Forrest Gump” proverbial box of chocolates in that you never know what you’re going to get. This weekend’s offerings say it all. On one hand, yet another R-rated comedy in “30 Minutes or Less,” but on the other, a historial drama in “The Help,” a horror franchise sequel in “Final Destination […]

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The 10 Dumbest Movie Criminals

Many a movie character has been made in the mold of the small-time crook. Ask the Coen brothers, for example; they’ve made a career on films about ordinary people trying to do brazen (and usually illegal) things. As morally outstanding movie-goers (perhaps I should speak just for myself), we identify with these characters because we […]

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On DVD: Insidious

Haunted houses and questionable children have composed many a horror film, but there’s a reason they work. When they do so despite years of being recycled, it’s usually thanks to talent. “Saw” director James Wan found something of promise in “Saw” writer Leigh Whannell’s story “Insidious” and the same must’ve gone for stars Rose Byrne […]

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First Look: Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

After releasing an image of the “Man of Steel” yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the first image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Or should we say Selina Kyle?

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Top 25 Most Beautiful Brunette Actresses, Part 2

I continue celebrating Movie Muse’s second birthday by listing the 25 most beautiful brown-haired ladies on the big (and little) screen. All this stems from my unashamed love of a myriad of brunette actresses and one of my first ever posts:  “Top 10 Brunette Beauties.” If you missed No. 25-13 you should click here before moving […]

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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The one thing that always made the “Planet of the Apes” a bit campy was actors in make up and monkey suits. So in one instance, here’s where technology, specifically the use motion-capture technology as seen in “Avatar,” can almost single-handedly justify revisiting an old franchise. But the apes of “Rise of the Planet of […]

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Review: The Change-Up

Oh, the body-swap comedy. You know how it starts, you know how it ends and frankly, you know most of what’s in between. To name an R-rated buddy version of this formula “The Change-Up” is essentially serving up a thick slice of irony, yet somehow “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and “Wedding […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (8.5.11)

Summer has entered the home stretch, and like any race, it’s time to keep those movie engines revved rather than tire up. August will surely have a share of disappointments, but the first couple weekends usually have something good in store. This year it’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the seventh film in […]

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Top 25 Most Beautiful Brunette Actresses, Part 1

Movie Muse turned two years old this week! Last year I shared my thoughts on a year of movie blogging, but this year I’m going to have a bit more fun. My first order of business when the site debuted was to put together a few of the ever-popular “Top 10” lists on things I […]

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First Look at Henry Cavill as the ‘Man of Steel’

Bring on your scrutiny, Superman fans. Warner Bros. has released the first official image/promotional still of the Kid from Krypton, played by Henry Cavill (“Immortals”), in costume no less. 

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Review: Horrible Bosses

A story of average guys who become small-time crooks always has comedic value; add to that the blue-collar motivation of wanting to kill your boss because he/she makes your life miserable? Golden. Documentary director Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong”) ropes up an impressive ensemble to make “Horrible Bosses,” a vaguely dark comedy with a […]

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

The answer to the obvious question hovering around Jon Favreau’s latest action blockbuster is yes, “Cowboys & Aliens” is as ridiculous as the title sounds. Yet blame doesn’t quite belong on Favreau’s shoulders or that of star Daniel Craig or the rest of the cast; rather, the failure of this alien-infested Western results from the […]

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On DVD: Cedar Rapids

“What happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids,” says Joan, a “one of the guys” kinda woman played by Anne Heche who views her yearly trip to an insurance conference in Cedar Rapids as momentary liberation from her life’s irrevocable commitments. For those of us who’ve tried to spend as little time in Iowa […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (7.29.11)

How are you holding up? It’s been a long summer of high-buzz projects so far and July will not go out quietly at all this weekend. “Cowboys & Aliens” provides the mainstream blockbuster action this weekend while kiddies get “The Smurfs” and adults have the option of falling in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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Friends with Benefits Review

If I had the ability to time travel (and who’s to say I don’t, because I’d never tell you if I did) and felt inclined to show a movie to the citizens of the ’20s or ’30s that would fully capture for them life in the 21st Century because I wouldn’t be able to take them there […]

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