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Weekend Recap: The world kinda digs its own Armageddon

Isn’t it kind of masochistic for the citizens of the world to spend $225 million on a movie about their own destruction? The amount of money that 2012 made at the domestic and global box office this weekend leads me to believe that we’d all squeal with joy if the world were to actually fall apart. […]

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Archive Review: “Lethal Weapon 3” (1992) – 2.5/5 Stars

Like most ’90s sequels, “Lethal Weapon 3” proves the third time’s a flop. The movie isn’t horrible. It’s watchable and provides the antics fans of the first two films have come to expect, but it offers no stimulation. It’s flat, uninspired and typical. Riggs and Murtaugh aren’t pushed in new ways or given any opportunity […]

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Holiday Movie Preview: 5 Films to Keep an Eye On

There are plenty of Holiday movies that look good. The trouble is there are too many of them. We’re forced to sort through them; we wait to hear what critics have to say before we announce, “I have to see that!” The action blockbuster types we need little convincing on, but as for all the […]

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Archive Review: “Patton” (1979) – 4/5 Stars

“Patton” might not be the greatest war movie ever made, but it’s without question cinema’s finest character study. It’s a portrait of a man painted so vividly that I bet — at least since 1970 — that there are far more historians whose research emphasis is on Gen. George S. Patton than any other war […]

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Weekend Preview (11.13.09)

On Dec. 12 in about three years from now, say – 2012 – Roland Emmerich should release a movie called 2009 about all the crazy shit people did when they thought the world was going to end in 2012 because of this movie … and end it with the world being destroyed. One of those […]

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Holiday Movie Preview: 10 Films Worth Seeing Pt. 2

Here are the top five movies I recommend this coming Holiday season. If you missed numbers 6 – 10, CLICK HERE. Keep in mind that Oscar-buzz movies got a bit of an advantage over the action blockbusters in this list. 5. Avatar (Dec. 18) The Word: James Cameron, the father of technologically progressive filmmaking, returns […]

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Holiday Movie Preview: What Not to See

There aren’t as many bad eggs in the Holiday basket as there are at other times during the year. You can generally find some upside in just about any film. With that said, I’m only really convinced that the top three movies on this list will be genuinely bad. The other two simply don’t match […]

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On DVD: Up

After tackling rats with chef skills and voiceless robots on journeys of self-discovery, leave it to Pixar to make the star of its latest film an elderly man and continue to defy Hollywood’s long-held belief that animated films have to zero in on children and concepts that can be marketed into hats and toys and […]

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Holiday Movie Preview: 10 Films Worth Seeing Pt. 1

Magazines, newspapers and websites have all been publishing something they refer to as a “Winter Movie Preview,” lately. How strange, you wonder, that I’m posting something called a “Holiday Movie Preview.” Let me explain. “Holiday Movie Preview” refers to the six weeks of awesomeness at the movie theaters from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the […]

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Weekend Recap: Top 5 Are Outside the Box

For the first time in Movie Muse history (and a mighty three months it’s been), I’ve recommended a movie that America greeted with a resounding “aw, hell no.” I was hoping warm weather this weekend across the normally colder parts of the U.S. would aid my request last Friday for a nation-wide boycott of A Christmas […]

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Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema ’09 Review: Shiva

All families are different and maybe that’s the hardest thing to keep in mind when watching tension mount and drama unfold in Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s “Shiva.” We mourn and handle loss both personally and collectively in different ways and even if we think we wouldn’t ever let underlying issues between family members come out […]

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Weekend Preview (11.6.09)

There’s some pretty thick competition at the movies this weekend as we head down the final stretch of the fall season and face the Holidays head on. So the question is, how early do you like your Christmas? Disney is guessing now. They bet you think Halloween was so last Saturday. They’re siding with the […]

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Archive Review: “Donnie Darko” (2001) – 4.5/5 Stars

You can’t really classify “Donnie Darko.” It’s not really a horror film though many parts are told that way. It’s not really science-fiction although it is focused on time travel. It’s also not really a drama because it has several humorous parts. All that considered, it’s not surprising that the film fell under the radar […]

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On DVD: 17 Again

Let’s be real, nobody actually wants to be 17 again, but it makes for decent comedy. “17 Again” borrows on that classic age reversal concept as made famous by “Big,” “Freaky Friday,” and “13 Going on 30” only it’s aimed at guys. I know, hard to believe that’s who would like this movie most, especially […]

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F&*% No, G.I. Joe!

As a journalist, I don’t do this very often, but let’s do a little math. Yesterday, November 3, summer flop Year One was released on DVD. The movie initially hit theaters on June 19. Days elapsed = 156. Also out on DVD yesterday was action flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. That movie didn’t […]

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