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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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Oscars 2011: Best Director Prediction

One of the fiercest duels at the Academy Awards on Sunday night will be for Best Director. The category probably has the most prestige of any Oscar presented and usually serves as an indicator of Best Picture. The tale behind last year’s battle, two filmmakers (Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron) at one point married to […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (2.25.11)

Our last winter weekend has arrived and thank goodness. No films have been very good thus far in 2011. A couple have been decent-to-good like “The Green Hornet” and “The Eagle” (most would disagree with me on the latter it seems), but nothing has surprised in a pleasant way. This weekend last year, “Shutter Island’ […]

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Oscars 2011: Best Actor and Actress Predictions

And this is where the Oscars officially become a popularity contest. They should really rename these categories “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role Who Deserves an Award.” No, the “deserves a reward part” doesn’t necessarily mean for that performance, but for their career. That’s especially the case for Best Actor, because there […]

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Get teased by “The Hangover: Part II”

I don’t know whether to consider this first teaser for “The Hangover: Part II” a trailer or a public service announcement that comedy’s biggest sequel in recent memory is coming in a few months. If you didn’t know that Memorial Day weekend would bring us the sequel to cinema’s most successful R-rated comedy ever, then […]

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Ranking the Farrelly Brothers’ Comedies

One of the most influential last names in movie comedy that gets the least recognition is “Farrelly.” Maybe its because Bobby and Peter’s films have gotten progressively less popular with fans and critics in the 15-plus years they’ve been making them. Maybe it’s because their motto is probably something along the lines of “goofiness and […]

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Archive Review: Dogtooth (2009)

Think your parents are/were overprotective? Not after “Dogtooth.” Giorgos Lanthimos’ film, the first Greek film to be nominated for an Oscar in more than 30 years, imagines the pinnacle of what sheltering and censorship of children would be like to an absurd degree. A strange and ruminating film that is as fascinating as it is […]

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