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Weekend Movie Preview (6.24.11)

The name of the game this first (official) weekend of summer is alternative programming. Sort of. At first glance, a family film and an R-rated comedy seem like welcome new releases with the first three weekends of the month focusing primarily on superhero and action movies. “Cars 2,” however, seems to be a definite summer […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Muppets and Moneyball

It’s not easy being green, nor is it easy making green. This week, Trailer Wednesday features the Jason Segel-led revitalization of “The Muppets” and the story of how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane challenged the baseball system with a low-cost strategy.

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Review: Green Lantern

The challenge of making a “Green Lantern” film was always going to be bringing it down to Earth. Not necessarily in a planetary sense, but sifting through and boiling down all the intergalactic mythology. Everything from the planet Oa to bird-fish aliens named Tomar-Re to a far-fetched concept of harnessing “will” to defend the universe […]

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On DVD: The Adjustment Bureau

The best science fiction is often the kind that doesn’t feel like science fiction at all. Almost always, the genre’s most lauded stories and films earn that praise for never losing their human qualities in the face of elaborate story structure, futuristic props and set pieces and stylish action. That’s why Hollywood so often returns […]

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10 Reasons Penguin Movies are Popular

What’s with all the dang penguins? We’ve known that for decades that Hollywood has a habit of supplying vocal chords or curiously anthropomorphic abilities to all living creatures in the animal kingdom. From animated features to “Dr. Doolittle,” we’ve consistently fantasized about what would happen if our furry, scaly or feathered friends could talk, sing or interact […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (6.17.11)

How are you holding so far? The summer to this point has been fun but it’s been week after week of major blockbuster release with no relief in sight. This weekend, audiences will have to decide if fatigue will impact their interest in the third superhero film of the summer already, Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern.” […]

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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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