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Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Spike Jonze’s imagining of “Where the Wild Things Are” is nothing like you’d expect from a film adapted from a beloved children’s book. It’s dense with top-notch visuals from the cinematography to the incredible fusion of costumes, puppetry and CGI used to bring the Wild Things to life, but its plot is very frank in […]

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Weekend Preview (10.16.09)

Wild Things are in store for the box office this weekend. The first children’s/family film to compete in a month since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Where the Wild Things Are, the anticipated adaptation of the classic picture book, is sure to draw a big crowd of filmgoers of all ages. With weather across […]

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Five children’s books deserving big-screen treatment

Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of one of the all-time greatest children’s books Where the Wild Things Are comes out Friday and it makes me wonder, what took ‘em so long? If feature-length films could be made of Dr. Seuss legends How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who!, […]

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Archive Review: City Lights (1931) – 4.5/5 Stars

Wish that today’s romantic comedies full of superficial blabber and polluted ideas about love and sex would just — shut up? Hold on to your ten dollars and rent the Charlie Chaplin classic “City Lights,” a heart-warming romance and physical comedy — where no one talks. It seems like the era and even the idea […]

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New on Blu-ray: South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) – 4/5 Stars

I love the older movies coming to Blu-ray these days. Honestly, I think there are two special effects shots in this entire movie. Even so, are paper cut-outs going to look that much better in high-def? Whatevs, it was an excuse to post this. There’s one problem with television: You can’t say &#*%, or $@&%, […]

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Archive Review: Moulin Rouge! (2001) – 4/5 Stars

If there was an ultimate and absolute antonym for “Moulin Rouge!” it would be the adjective “shy.” Hundreds of gorgeous costumes, lavish studio sets, a digitally reproduced city of Paris and an abrupt and cartoonish comedic style make this movie musical a one-of-a-kind spectacle. From the very first musical mash-up number in the Moulin Rouge […]

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Weekend Recap: Some Paranormal Activity at the box office

I don’t know what’s better: super-low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity breaking insane box office records or the fact that I don’t have to talk about Couples Retreat because of it. If you haven’t heard of Paranormal Activity yet, don’t worry. It only means that you don’t follow trending topics on Twitter, which is acceptable. Believe […]

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Toy Story 3 trailer up!

After Disney pulled the leaked versions of the much-awaited Toy Story 3 trailer off various movie websites, the first trailer is officially up today! Much of what I talked about when I posted news from the D23 convention is in the trailer. View the Apple trailer here The trailer is very carefully planned. It doesn’t […]

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On DVD: The Brothers Bloom

“The Brothers Bloom” sounds like a traditional con movie: two talented con men brothers are known for their epic, almost literary cons, when one brother wanting out leads to a concession that the next one, cheating a lonely heiress out of a million or so, will be their last. There’s a bit of the classic […]

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Archive Review: Midnight Cowboy (1969) – 4/5 Stars

Forty years later, it’s much harder to call John Schlesinger’s film “Midnight Cowboy” avant- garde, but the greatest X-rated film of all time is as much a reflection of the ’60s as it is a study of unusual and pitiable characters. Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is a cowboy by attitude, hustler by trade who travels […]

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Weekend Preview (10.9.09)

What happens when you get a date comedy mega-giant like Couples Retreat released with virtually no competition? Put it on top and slide the rest down. That’s my strategy for predicting this weekend’s box office. There are tons of quadruple-booked weekends this month, (take last week’s films for example) yet none wanted to compete with […]

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Rankings: Best and Worst of Vince Vaughn

I like Vince Vaughn. He’s a Chicago man (Cubs fan) and there’s no one I’d rather listen to complain. Few people are actually funny when they rant or complain, and Vince Vaughn is one of them. Then again, Vince is one of those comedians who have gotten stale lately. It started with Fred Claus back […]

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Review: Zombieland

What’s most admirable about this most recent zombie-crushing comedy is that it knows exactly what zombies are meant for: killing. Funny, creative and most of all low-budget killing. Rookie director Ruben Fleischer and Columbia Pictures capture that essence in the quick but fun “Zombieland,” a post-Zombie infection apocalypse action comedy with a small cast and […]

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Admit it, we all could use another good "Vacation"

Well folks, it looks like the Griswolds are coming back. Don’t worry, apparently it’s not another sequel, but more like a reboot that will harken back to the original a bit. The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision spoke with New Line recently and they’ve given the producing and possibly directing reigns to David Dobkin (Director of […]

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Archive Review: American Splendor (2003) – 4/5 Stars

Comic book writer Harvey Pekar would probably be the first to tell you that he only agreed to a movie about himself for the money. He denounces all things glamorous or idealistic and a moving biopic about his life would contradict him entirely. That’s why Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s choice to do an […]

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