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Archive Review: Wild Strawberries (1957) – 4/5 Stars

To compare “Wild Strawberries” to a story that’s a bit more grounded (yet still part fantasy), what instantly comes to mind is “A Christmas Carol.” Though that classic is much more exaggerated, it shares that reflective spirit, sense of personal regret and un-fulfillment and the desire to make amends. The difference is that in “Wild […]

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Weekend Preview (10.2.09)

If you’ve been following me closely I’m 3-for-3 in Weekend Domestic Box Office projections since I started them the first weekend in September. Although I didn’t post last week since I was out of town, I did offer my No. 1 spot prediction of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs taking two weeks in a […]

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Archive Review: The Bad News Bears (1976) – 3.5/5 Stars

If any of the kids in “The Bad News Bears” were your child, or if you had any acquaintance with a youth sports coach even remotely like Morris Buttermaker, you’d be outraged and embarrassed. At the same time, the film delivers a message that all involved with youth sports probably couldn’t hear enough of. In […]

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Zombies: What’s with all the dead faces?

Have you ever really sat down and thought about this? Why there’s an entire film genre dedicated to zombies? In honor of Zombieland coming out this week, I could have tried putting together a Top 10 of zombie movies, but I’m going to be honest – I haven’t seen ten of them. I can think […]

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Archive Review: Dead Poets Society (1989) – 5/5 Stars

“Dead Poets Society” is a maturing into adulthood drama whose story and messages are as instructional as they are inspiring. The film is like an inspirational teacher, the one in high school that changed the way you thought about life and knowledge. It reflects this in Mr. Keating, the teacher who touched the lives of […]

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Review: The Informant!

Audiences don’t like to be lied to, but that’s all part of the fun of “The Informant!,” Steven Soderbergh’s best recent directorial effort that hasn’t been titled with a number between 11 and 13. The film sweeps us into a world of corporate crime and “espionage” and flavors it all with a thorough peppering of […]

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Archive Review: Coraline (2009) – 4/5 Stars

It seems like Pixar is the only company producing outside-the-box animated adventures these days, but don’t discredit “Coraline,” Laika Entertainment’s second stop-motion feature after Tim Burton’s “The Corpse Bride.” Based on the Neil Gaiman book, “Coraline” is one of the more creative stories and executions of family entertainment to have come out in awhile and […]

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Weekend Preview (9.18.09)

We’re already into weekend No. 3 of the fall season and that means some of the movies that have been hyped up are all summer are finally going to find their way to theaters, most notably the Megan Fox horror comedy Jennifer’s Body. As it also happens we’re in Week 2 of my weekend previews […]

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Waiting on the Weinsteins pt.2 "Youth in Revolt" yanked off fall slate

What exactly is The Weinstein Company doing? First, as I posted a couple weeks back, they pushed The Road to November 25 after messing around with it for a year prior to that. Then there were rumors about Rob Marshall musical Nine being moved to after January 1, which were denied. Now, it turns out we […]

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Archive Review: Get Shorty (1995) – 3.5/5 Stars

The mobster flick mixes with show business in “Get Shorty,” the mob comedy from “The Addams Family” director Barry Sonnenfeld. The two (mob movies and Hollywood) have always gotten along well together from “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas,” so “Get Shorty” taking the humorous business angle is only a natural evolution. Starring John Travolta hot off […]

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Don’t feed us more Hancock

As a big fan of the superhero genre, it’s my responsibility to lambast movies that should not be made. “Hancock 2” is one of them.  “Hancock” director Peter Berg has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for his announcement that the sequel to his horribly mediocre superhero with a PR problem movie is […]

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Archive Review: Hancock (2008) – 2.5/5 Stars

John Hancock is far from your average superhero, but the trailer told you that. What the trailer doesn’t tell you, is that after the rogue anti-hero drunkenly parades about as advertised, he has to develop a backstory and make the film go from a clever spin on a hot- ticket genre to an emotional action […]

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Archive Review: Predator (1987) – 3.5/5 Stars

Never saw the original “Predator” until today. It’s worth mentioning that Robert Rodriguez is producing a re-make that’s just started filming. “Predator” boasts a few unique claims, one being that it’s the only movie to feature two US governors. The “Jaws” and “Alien”-inspired monster attack film also gave birth to one of the most original […]

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On DVD: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The superhero genre reached a higher echelon in 2008 with “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight,” and considering the success of 2/3 of the X-Men franchise so far, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” can certainly be held to those standards, especially a movie whose title alone suggests getting right down to its hero’s adamantium core. But “Wolverine” […]

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Disney con dishes on Toy Story 3, Pirates 4

It might not be Comic Con, but it’s getting close. I know I promised more TIFF coverage today, but I’ve lost my research, so that’s out. Anyway, Disney’s D23 convention made some big movie headlines Friday and over the weekend that I figured were worth scooping despite being a few days late. I’ve bulleted them […]

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