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Review: Moneyball

Sports movies have always been preoccupied with what’s happening on the field, the court, the ring or what have you. They tell stories of underdogs defying the odds and champion values of honor, courage and determination. “Moneyball” peels back that obvious first layer yet achieves all those very same ends. The sport of baseball is […]

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On DVD: Paul

In a world post-“Avatar” and “District 9,” where lack of creativity can no longer be blamed on the limitations of special effects (if that was ever a scapegoat), the goal of the sci-fi movie has been to innovate. Filmmakers have completely abandoned the minefield of clichés that is the retro “Area 51” alien with a […]

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Netflix Separates Mail from Streaming: What to Do Now?

This morning, if you are a Netflix subscriber you were apologized to, so let me start off by apologizing for not covering the big Netflix news this summer, which now matters all the more after the most recent announcement. The company’s announced change in pricing structure, which takes effect this month (for me on Wednesday […]

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Review: Drive

Welcome to “Drive,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s exercise in the tried and true lesson that less is more, and more when it follows less is pulse-pounding mayhem. Maybe somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of “Drive” could be considered “action” or “violence,” but Refn makes every second of it count. When each slowly mounting scene finally […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (9.16.11)

Fall barrels on with quite the mix of offerings this weekend. From an independently driven (no pun intended but I like it) action drama to a female-targeted guilty pleasure to the sheer power of nostalgia, there be choices. “Drive” opens in the most theaters but not by much, and it could be that Disney’s animated […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2011: Drama

Fall brings one thing I don’t often cover on Movie Muse and that’s the festival circuit. With the festival circuit comes awards buzz and with awards buzz comes a few fall releases that are highly acclaimed that you’ll want to check out. Sometimes there are flat-out surprises, such as “The Social Network” last October. What […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (9.9.11)

I’m tired of getting shredded in my weekly predictions. It’s time for some films to restore a sense of order to the box office and maybe at least two of our new offerings can do just that. The Tom Hardy-led MMA film “Warrior” and Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion” have gotten great reviews early on. Of […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2011: Animation and Family

This fall is unusually weak as far as family-geared entertainment goes with only two animated films and three live-action offerings. Even those live-action films aren’t “mainstream” so to speak and have been under-publicized projects aiming for the heartstrings. What does all this mean? Expect a lot of money for our two animated options.

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Fall Movie Preview 2011: Action

With the best action films saved for the summer, many of these films have varying degrees of drama built in, but that doesn’t make the slate any less promising. Some of these films (“Warrior,” “Drive,” “Machine Gun Preacher”) could make some noise, even if they never find awards attention or insane box-office dollars.

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On DVD: Rio

Animated talking-animal films since the dawn of CGI have gotten much more prolific. Now that animals can be illustrated with ease and superb realism (namely in textures such as fur, feathers and scales), the supply can meet the demand and almost every major movie studio has either its own animation division or a relationship with […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (9.2.11)

Can you smell that autumn air? Neither can I. Not just given that global warming has altered our seasons, but the first weekend of September seems to be offering films that didn’t want to squeeze into the summer. Labor Day weekend might be the third worst compared to Super Bowl Weekend and the weekend after […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2011: Comedy

Comedy is in no short supply this fall and with a good variety too. It may be bookended by two Adam Sandler films, but in between are a couple rom-coms, a stoner comedy, a horror comedy, some comedy/drama and more. Fall might not be known for quality, but there should be a few humorous surprises.

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Review: The Debt

The best spies usually work alone. There’s a reason James Bond and Jason Bourne fly solo, which is generally assumed to be that it lessens the margin for error and prevents emotional attachments. Perhaps it’s really because the we like to uncover the dark secrets that make a ruthless assassins tick, which isn’t too much […]

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Fall Movie Preview 2011: Thrillers

Normally with only five thrillers I might combine them with horror, but these five films have earned their own category this fall. From remakes to films based on true events to a hypothetical worldwide pandemic, these thrillers have a shot at being Fall 2011’s best films. Well, next to dramas that is.

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The Five Breakout Stars of Summer 2011

For the third year in a row, I present to you my list of five stars who are bound to break out after big roles or impressive performances this summer. Why do I sound so confident? Because my track record is pretty good. Here’s last year’s list, for example. Although strangely a lot of those […]

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