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Archive Review: “Twilight” (2008) – 2/5 Stars

I come from the group that has never read the Stephenie Meyer books and knew little about them other than the general idea of love and vampires and such. I had put off watching “Twilight” based on reviews, what I heard and my gender, but finally — nearly a year later — gave in to […]

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The 10 Reasons We Love Vampires

A little more than a month ago I posted a musing on how zombies have managed to become their own genre in film. Now it’s time to focus on the monster genre that has reigned supreme for centuries: vampires. The Twilight Saga: New Moon comes out tomorrow or in most people’s case, at midnight tonight. […]

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Miley Cyrus doesn’t believe in “Twilight”

Miss Tween Idol, the Ambassador of Kiddie Cool, Hannah frickin’ Montana herself, does not like “Twilight.” In case you don’t get what that means, basically the princess of pop culture just turned around and flicked off the king and queen. Cyrus, currently on her tweenage domination tour, was asked in a backstage interview the simple […]

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Archive Review: “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) – 4/5 Stars

Three of the brightest stars in the golden years of cinema converge in “The Philadelphia Story,” a romantic comedy of great wit and sophistication. Although it would be unfair to say that the talent makes this film, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart are far and away its best feature.

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On DVD Bruno

There is nothing one can do to prepare for the homo-erotic ridiculousness of “Bruno.” The boundaries of R-rated comedy have been pushed and pushed over the last ten years and “Bruno” is the point on the scale in which we realize just how far we’ve gone. The shock value of deeply committed character actor Sacha […]

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On DVD: Star Trek

In a decade of reboots comes perhaps the most daring and challenging: the Star Trek franchise. With 40 years of history including a total of around 15 movies and/or TV spin- offs, a database of hardcore fans and a recent history of trailing off into oblivion, Star Trek has been on life support for about […]

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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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