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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Horror

All but one of the spring’s five horror films comes out in April. April has sort of become the October of the spring, perhaps because the two are six months apart. Last year the focal point was on the release of the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and that was it. Now we […]

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Review: Rango

We all face an existential crisis at some time or another, just usually not when we’re seven, which will likely be the mean age of children watching this newest non-Pixar non-DreamWorks animated feature. No, “Rango” won’t challenge kids to contemplate their role in the cosmos, but that’s precisely the predicament of its main character, a […]

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First full look at Cap. America foe Red Skull

If you were one of the people intrigued by the Super Bowl spot for “Captain America: The First Avenger,” you were pleased but probably still curious over that brief moment when you saw some red-headed guy pull a mask off his face. Oh, and by redhead I mean this guy’s whole head was red. That […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (3.4.11)

After the way January and February came and went with a lot of films getting mixed to poor reviews, with March could come relief. A good start appears to be on its way as two of these four films currently hold good to very good scores on Rotten Tomatoes. After the first two months of […]

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Action

The most promising group of films for Spring 2011 is without a doubt the action offerings. The “lowest” film on my list, number seven, is “Hanna,” a more independent-minded “Bourne”-style action thriller that many are buzzing about, so if that’s the bottom of the barrel, we’re looking at some tasty action. To continue the metaphor, […]

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Contest: The “Due Date” Dash! (Winners!)

The dash is over and we have our winners. There is one “grand prize” winner and two other winners that I’ve named below. Unfortunately, a few other winners could have been named, but so many of you didn’t take the time to actually do your research and read the posts and stuff. Oh well. 

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Comedy

Looking to finally get a laugh out of 2011? Perhaps of all the genres thus far, comedy has been the weakest this year. Here are eight (probably seven) films that aim to change that around in the months of March and April.

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Five Directors Who Should Try Animation

Gore Verbinski made a nice pile of cash for directing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. So, what’s a director to do with all that money? Well, not go to Disney World, since he already has a lifetime pass to the Mouse House in all likelihood after the billions he helped them make. His answer […]

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Drama and Romance

After awards season, we generally experience drama burnout. Give us comedy, action, anything but some intense and uplifting story. But you can’t discredit all spring dramas. The romance, maybe, but not all the dramas. The range in this list of eight includes teen-focused romance to ensemble crime drama.

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Animation and Family

With springtime comes hope renewed. Although March and April are never devoid of their fair share of stinkers, it wouldn’t take much to constitute an improvement over this winter’s films. One genre that will hit full bloom this season is animation. Four animated films grace this list, as do two live-action family films and one […]

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“Gnomeo” loses to “Hall Pass” by a gnose

Gnever say Gnever. Even Justin Bieber knows that. On Sunday night, the box office news that broke beneath all the Oscar talk and celebrating was that “Gnomeo & Juliet” had taken first at the box office despite having been out for two weeks already. Well, turns out that the complete reports for the weekend put […]

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Oscars 2011: Final Thoughts

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved that Oscar season is over. All the hype and excitement and almost 24 hours after the ceremony it disintegrates into “time for a break.” That’s why you won’t see my early 2012 Oscar predictions this week. I have some, but seriously, enough already. This year was […]

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Oscars 2011: The Winners – “King’s Speech” crowned

Well, fans of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” can boast that their favorite film of 2010 tied for the most Oscars at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, but the more meaningful hardware went to “The King’s Speech,” which won where it counts: Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor and of course, Best Picture. It wasn’t the […]

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Oscars 2011: Best Picture and Predictions List

Well, the moment some of you have been waiting for, my Best Picture prediction. But rather than give it to you plain and simple, I will explain to you how you can impress your present company during the ceremony. There should be a few telltale signs of how the big categories will turn out. I […]

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Review: Hall Pass

Some things don’t belong together. Most people, I think, would put human defecation and married couples rekindling their romance in that category. Just don’t tell the Farrelly Brothers that, because such things are their bread and butter and they’ve slathered it up again for “Hall Pass.”

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