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On DVD: Moon

No matter the premise, a film puts itself at a disadvantage when it calls for a one man show. Sam Rockwell, as talented as he is, cannot generate enough interesting conflict with nothing at his disposal but the skin-tingling monotone voice of Kevin Spacey. In other words, films like “Moon” have to work twice as […]

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Weekend Preview (1.15.10)

Though the Avatar high has worn off, don’t expect that to change at the box office. The big-blue 3D movie that did is still the best mainstream film in theaters and don’t expect newcomer The Book of Eli, even being the widest new release of 2010 so far, to take much away from it. The […]

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“Cocoon” (1985) – 3/5 Stars

Very few films have been made with seniors as the main characters. It seems that Hollywood producers are convinced we prefer to see younger people on the screen — and they’re probably right. “Cocoon” is a rare elderly-focused take on the fountain of youth concept, an ancient motif that’s enough proof in itself that humans […]

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The 10 Most Badass Denzel Washington Roles

There are only a few bona fide ass-kickers working in Hollywood and Denzel Washington is quite possibly atop that list. He’s played every badass role you’ve ever seen in a film: hardened criminal, cop, homicide detective, soldier, athlete – you name it. Truth is, the man is intimidating. If he ever got mad at me […]

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Trailer Wednesday: “The A-Team” and “The Karate Kid”

These trailers aren’t piping hot off the press, but Wednesday has always been the hardest day of the week for me to post something new, so I’m devoting it to recent trailers. It also seems a lot of trailers generally come out this day of the week (like when we had Iron Man 2 and […]

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“Three Kings” (1999) – 3.5/5 Stars

Personal and human interests butt heads in “Three Kings,” a Gulf War action flick from David O. Russell. Following the Gulf War cease-fire four soldiers (Clooney, Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Jonze) plan to take gold stolen by Saddam Hussein during the invasion of Kuwait so they can live well for the rest of their lives. […]

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Spidey 4 is no more: Sony plans reboot sans Raimi, Tobey

Fans of the Spider-Man franchise, brace yourselves. Sam Raimi – and by association Tobey Maguire – will not have anything to do with next film. “Spider-Man 4” as it stood, is no more. Sony will instead aim to reboot the franchise with a whole new cast based on a script by James Vanderbilt  (Zodiac).

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On DVD: 9

Shane Acker’s Oscar-nominated animated short “9” impressed on ingenuity and creative visuals. Its anthropomorphic googly-eyed burlap protagonist, 9, connectedly instant with the short’s viewers, and the wealth of imagination poured into his world and surroundings made it fascinating. With the help of numerous producers including “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov and legendary stop-motion filmmaker Tim Burton, […]

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Weekend Recap: Another $50 M, “Avatar” is No. 7 ever

In not surprising news, Avatar won this weekend’s domestic box office, overtaking Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for No. 1 film of 2009 and climbing up to No. 7 on the all-time list. In a bit more surprising news, I did very well for my first big weekend of predictions in 2010. The only new […]

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“Avatar” moviegoers suffer Post-Pandora Depression

Did you feel depressed after watching Avatar? Not in the sense that the movie itself depressed you, but because you came to the stark realization that the world of Pandora and the Na’vi are not real? That life here on Earth is gloomier and more meaningless in comparison? Apparently, you’re not alone. Not by a […]

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“Underworld: Evolution” (2006) – 2.5/5 stars

It seems kind of pointless, in my opinion, to develop such an extensive mythos and history for a centuries old vampires vs. lycans (werewolves) premise when everyone’s just going to try and kill each other anyway. Underworld creators Len Wiseman and Danny McBride impressively flesh out their world and backstory, especially so in “Underworld: Evolution” […]

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Review: Youth in Revolt

Before you ever see the first shot of “Youth in Revolt,” you know what’s going on. A repetitive motion sound can be heard as well as the flipping of pages. Nick Twisp (Cera) is masturbating and almost everyone in the theater knows it. That’s testament to how far the R-rated comedy sexual revolution has come […]

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On DVD: Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

The first “Night at the Museum” worked despite conventions for a few reasons, but the main one was that it eased into its premise of museum exhibits coming to life and didn’t take it for granted like “Night of the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” does. I’m actually surprised the writers of the first […]

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Weekend Preview (1.8.10)

The first major weekend of 2010 is upon us, but does it matter? Audiences across the country are still all up in Avatar‘s business. It’s going to be hard for these early January films to become surprise winter hits until the buzz wears off and America wakes up to find a man or woman (your […]

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“Sunset Blvd.” (1950) – 4.5/5 Stars

More than a half century after “Sunset Blvd.,” audiences are well aware that Hollywood is not all glitz and glamor — that there’s a stark reality. Yet despite that knowledge, “Sunset Blvd.” is still an eye-opening and deeply affecting motion picture today as it was in the 1950s. Because even though our “access” to Hollywood […]

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