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Summer Movie Preview 2011: Comedy

Comedy has not been one of the stronger genres thus far in 2011. Only “Just Go With It,” the Adam Sandler Valentine’s Day comedy, grossed more than $100 million domestically yet scored poorly with critics. Many of these films could reverse the trend, starting with two films in May: one a sequel to the highest-grossing […]

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Review: Thor

Looking at the whole of the Marvel universe, Thor would have to be the black sheep. For one thing, he’s the Norse god of thunder. His world — the realm of Asgard — is completely foreign to us, as is most Norse mythology. Greek mythology, maybe, but definitely not Norse. As for the hero himself, […]

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Summer Movie Preview 2011: Horror

After “Priest” comes out on May 13 (and you would not be wrong to argue that’s not really a horror film), 2011 will take a three-month break from horror films. Looks like fans of the genre will have to do some rental catch-up or stick to the classics for most of the summer. Starting Aug. […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (5.6.11)

Summer is here!!! I rarely find it professional to use exclamation points in my writing, but considering how dull 2011 has been so far and the slate of summer movies that looks to have several things for everyone, subduing my elation would be futile … ! As per usual, summer kicks off the first weekend […]

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On DVD: Never Let Me Go

Never has a coming-of-age story been crossed with dystopian historical fiction, or however you might describe the world of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “Never Let Me Go” and its film of the same title. The contrast in narratives works in an effectively haunting manner here: the youthful idealism of growing up with the exposed underbelly of […]

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Summer Movie Preview 2011: Animation/Family

No genre has been more successful in 2011 (and arguably the last couple of years too) than animation and family films. Of the top six highest-grossing films of 2011 so far (domestically), four have been animated films. You can bet that two or more of these movies are going to dominate box-office statistics, even amidst […]

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Summer Movie Preview 2011: Romantic Comedies

Summer is hot time for romance, so rather than clump these films in with all the straight-up comedies of the summer, I’ve given them their own special section, which I must say is rather considerate of me considering I won’t be seeing many of them. For this seasonal preview, I’ve decided it’s time to stop […]

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Summer Movie Preview 2011: Superhero Movies

I’m not sure if the major movie studios are ready for the summer. I mean, yes, they’re ready for the upswing in box-office totals after a terribly slow 2011 so far, but are they truly ready? I’ve mentioned before here on MMR that Jon Favreau sometime last year called summer 2011 a “box-office bloodbath.” I don’t […]

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On DVD: Tangled

It seems to have taken until the eleventh hour, but Disney has finally found a way to make its classic fairytale stories work in the 21st Century. Thanks to longtime Disney animator Glen Keane (serving as producer) and directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (“Bolt”), the film stays true to Disney’s long line of rich […]

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Review: Super

The superhero film craze has led to a lot of ordinary main characters taking justice into their own hands. In that sense, nothing will strike you as original about “Super,” the latest film from James Gunn (“Slither”) and one made on a shoestring budget. Rainn Wilson stars as Frank, a man who loses his cool […]

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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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