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Review: Midnight in Paris

Nostalgia. Now that’s a word not uncommon around a Woody Allen picture. His films have always oozed of it, and now that his filmmaking legacy spans more than 40 years, to some people, an Allen film equates to it. “Midnight in Paris” falls under both categories. Remarkably, only Woody has been able to riff on […]

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Review: Super 8

Created by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. That phrase says a lot. As more and more clues were revealed as to Abrams second secret film project, the mere presence of these two respected names began to connect dots in the minds of film fans. The first teaser — made before the film even […]

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On DVD: Drive Angry

A small but existent segment of the American population believes that any and all combinations of cars, guns and naked women make for the perfect care-free cinematic cocktail. But like any cocktail, there’s a perfect blend required, not simply throwing them in a blend-er. Behold the difference between the “Fast and Furious” franchise and “Drive […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (6.10.11)

Now a month and a half into the summer season, you should be feeling the heat now. The demand for box-office dinero has increased tremendously and now the mystery of all mysteries, J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” looks for its piece of the pie. With all the major franchise offerings these past few weekends, will “Super 8” […]

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Review: X-Men: First Class

Superhero movies have been thriving in both Hollywood and public consciousness for almost 10 years now, and one of the biggest reasons has been the origin story. “Spider-Man” in 2002 revealed how the emotional power of a superhero’s motivation can humanize even those characters with the most extraordinary powers. “X-Men: First Class” provides this oh […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1, ‘Dragon Tattoo’

  Anticipated novel adaptations comprise today’s Trailer Wednesday. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1” will mark the second movie of 2011 to be one of a two-parter based on the last chapter of a book series after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2” next month. Also, David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation of the […]

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On DVD: The Dilemma

There was a day when Vince Vaughn used to do comedies. That day was only five years ago, but it seems like ages since a trademark Vaughn tirade caught laughs like a fishing net. His talents are squeezed into “The Dilemma,” a drama that masquerades as a comedy using the guise of Vaughn and comedian […]

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On DVD: Blue Valentine

The love story takes many forms in film. Many would argue “Blue Valentine” takes the more “realistic” approach in that it depicts the fracturing of a relationship amidst a sea of flashbacks to more idealistic and happier times. “Blue Valentine” might not have a traditional happy ending, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a depressing […]

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Review: The Hangover Part II

Any part-time binge drinker knows that when you end up with a hangover the next day, no matter how much fun you had the night before, you’re not going to be dumb enough to mix the same lethal cocktails ever again. “The Hangover Part II” would not be one of those hangovers you brag about […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (5.26.11)

It’s Memorial Day, a day when we remember those who died valiantly for our country, and Hollywood honors their memory this weekend with “The Hangover Part II” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” If Uncle Sam is dead yet, he’s rolling in his grave. Hollywood has long “treasured” Memorial Day for commercial purposes, although it’s widely […]

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Comedy Sequels: Why History Proves “The Hangover Part II” Will Disappoint

Here’s a trivia question for you: name one first sequel to a pure comedy (the second film in a comedy franchise) that was better than the original. I will give you a few hard returns to think about it. … … … Yup, it’s a trick question. There are none. And that’s a matter of […]

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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

After a four-year hiatus to regroup and determine the future of the franchise, Disney and what was once its surprise mega-hit “Pirates of the Caribbean” series have returned in “On Stranger Tides.” Hard to believe that this franchise evolved from the once-lambasted concept of a theme park ride being turned into a successful motion-picture blockbuster. […]

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Archive Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

I just re-watched “At World’s End” and man, I recall liking it much more the first time, so my rating here reflects a balance of my two viewings. Here’s a review of my “revised” opinion. “At World’s End” or “At Wit’s End,” whatever you want to call it, the third installment in Disney’s theme-park-ride-turned-mega-movie-franchise has […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (5.20.11)

Yo ho, yo ho, it’s “Pirates” you’re forced to see. Can you blame any studio for not wanting to go head-to-head with the fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise? Expect audiences to turn out in droves for Captain Jack’s newest adventure, which wipes the slate of the original trilogy with exception of […]

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First Look: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in “Hunger Games”

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first image of Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games.” The 20-year-old star of “Winter’s Bone” and the upcoming “X-Men: First Class” just recently began filming her role as 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’ adaptation of the bestselling teen dystopian novel by Suzanne Collins. 

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