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Weekend Movie Preview (4.22.11)

Easter weekend is family time, so the movie theaters don’t exactly get a lot of love. One film hopes to be the year’s first good romance, one hopes to capitalize on that family spirit and the last is celebrating Earth Day. If none of these tickle your fancy, don’t worry, because summer movie season is […]

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Archive Review: Network (1976)

During parts of “Network,” you have to wonder if it’s a joke. The exploitation of a lunatic news anchor/prophet for financial gain with society just buying right in? Nuts. “Network” can definitely be viewed as an extreme and an unlikelihood, but that’s not to negate its powerful message and frightening ideas about media, consumerism and […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (4.15.11)

Kids and nostalgic adults get attention at the box office this mid-April weekend with the release of Fox’s “Rio” from the creator of “Ice Age” and the long-awaited “Scream 4,” which takes us back to Woodsboro after more than a decade for some horror movie fun. In a somewhat limited capacity comes a political thriller […]

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First video blog from “The Hobbit” set

When “The Hobbit” first experienced production woes and Guillermo Del Toro left the project and MGM seemingly went up in flames, talk about “The Hobbit” became perfunctory and in my opinion, the project lost a bit of its grandeur. Now, Peter Jackson has released the first video blog from New Zealand, continuing what at the […]

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Archive Review: 12 Angry Men (1957)

Sidney Lumet was one of my favorite directors, so this week I have been prepping for an appropriate tribute to the actor, who passed just last weekend. This film is an absolute classic that I reviewed in August 2008. Look for more archive reviews of Lumet’s films throughout the rest of the week and the […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Anonymous and Crazy, Stupid, Love

Nope, this is not one movie about regretted one-night stands with people you don’t know; it’s two: one about Shakespeare’s possible identity and another about Steve Carell re-learning how to date from a ripped Ryan Gosling after his wife leaves him. — Anonymous A thriller about who might have actually written Shakespeare’s work sounds intriguing, […]

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Review: Hanna

If Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl from “Kick-Ass” were a slightly more real person, I suppose she’d be Hanna. Saoirse Ronan might not utter the C-word, but her character provides the same level of entertainment plus a bit more, well, depth. Either way, the trend of ass-kicking children continues in Joe Wright’s latest film, which succeeds […]

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Michael Shannon to play General Zod in “Man of Steel”

Kneel before Michael Shannon: the oscar-nominated actor (“Revolutionary Road”) has been cast as General Zod, the role originated by Terrence Stamp in “Superman 2,” in the Zack Snyder-directed film newly titled “Man of Steel.” Warner Bros. released the information this weekend and you can find the exact wording after the jump. Shannon joins the cast […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (4.8.11)

Spring break is over, but four new films arrive in theaters this weekend to help bolster the April line-up. The widest release goes to Russel Brand’s comedy remake “Arthur” while the second comedy offering, “Your Highness,” comes from the “Pineapple Express” team and stars James Franco and Danny McBride. The whip-smart action offering of this […]

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Review: Source Code

Trains, brains and alternate realities comprise “Source Code,” the sophomore feature from Duncan Jones, director of 2009’s intellectual sci-fi dish “Moon” starring Sam Rockwell. Jones coaches a similarly terrific actor in Jake Gyllenhaal to another commanding yet heart-filled leading performance. The difference is that “Moon” was contemplative and brooding; “Source Code” moves at thrill-a-minute pace. […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (4.1.11)

April showers bring May summer movies. That’s what I always say … as of five seconds ago. There’s some truth to that: April is a sneaky dumping ground for bad films, much more discreet than say, January. These are the films that have big appeal but the studios would not feel comfortable saving for the […]

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On DVD: Monsters

We’ve finally reached in age when science fiction doesn’t have to mean action films and where low-budget genre films have become “of interest” to producers and distributors. Although you could hardly call “District 9″ a cheap film compared to Gareth Edwards’ debut feature “Monsters,” Neil Blomkamp’s film was much cheaper than the alien movies that […]

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10 Movie Deaths by Explosion that Bear Repeating

Death by explosion is a terrific (albeit PG-13) way to kill off a significant character in any action movie or thriller. A loud boom with pillars of fire and usually the right touch of slow motion in post-production makes a climactic death scene a fitting one and serves as a very visceral catharsis in any […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Three Musketeers, Midnight in Paris

I don’t think our trailer options today could get more opposite. The first is Paul W.S. Anderson’s nothing-less-than-explosive take on “The Three Musketeers” (to be presented in 3D) and Woody Allen’s film for 2011, which extends his recent European streak to Paris.

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“Wimpy Kid” beats up “Sucker Punch”

“Sucker Punch” becomes the latest geek-focused film to underperform at the box office as the PG-13 action/fantasy self-described as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns”┬ámade just below $20 million, which is about where “Kick-Ass” landed a little less than a year ago. The film drew the ire of most critics, but so did “Diary of […]

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