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Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tonight

As a movie blogger, it wouldn’t be fair to keep ignoring the many esteemed film festivals that take place around this time of year, so I’ve decided to preview this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a nine-day extravaganza that previews just about everything the fall has to offer in terms of American movies and […]

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Archive Review: Fanboys (2008) – 3/5 Stars

An easy way to measure how much you will or won’t enjoy “Fanboys” is how closely you fit to the titular category. The more of a Star Wars fan you are and the more your gender and maturity is on par with ‘boy,’ the more you’ll like this ode to Star Wars fans. The premise […]

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"The Road" moves to Thanksgiving

For those of you that agreed heartily with my choice of putting the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” on my must-see list for the fall, you will certainly be interested to hear that Dimension Films has pushed the movie back to Thanksgiving instead of its original Oct. 16 release, another piece of news […]

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"Up in the Air" teaser is up online

You might not know director Jason Reitman by name, but you sure know his body of work. Does “Juno” and “Thank You For Smoking” ring a bell? Whether you consider him on the cusp of becoming one of the best comedy directors of our time or not, the teaser for his new movie, “Up in […]

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Archive Review: Romancing the Stone (1984) – 3/5 Stars

Kathleen Turner stars as a romance adventure novelist who ends up on a romantic adventure of her own in “Romancing the Stone.” Naturally, fans of romance adventures will most enjoy this one, but to its credit there’s a good balance of action to make this film enjoyable for just about everyone. “Romancing the Stone” is […]

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New on Blu-ray: Requiem for a Dream (2000)

I don’t know why in God’s name anyone would want to watch “Requiem for a Dream” in Blu-ray high definition, but it’s now available in that format for those of you who’d like to see Jared Leto’s infected arm in all its 1080p glory. Below is my review of the cult classic that you only […]

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Archive Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – 3.5/5 Stars

It’s not unfair initially to dismiss “The Day the Earth Stood Still” as sci-fi pulp from an era full of it, but the film’s anti-war message given the Cold War context it was released in makes it nothing short of a classic. Its commercial exterior featuring posters with Gort the space robot pales in comparison […]

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Archive Review: The Elephant Man (1980) – 5/5 Stars

“Looks are deceiving” would be an adequate way to describe the “The Elephant Man” as a film from the outside, but it would be a horribly amateur way to describe its message. David Lynch’s film soars beyond mere pity for those with life-altering physical abnormalities and serves as more than just a slap on the […]

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Archive Review: Thelma & Louise (1991) – 4/5 Stars

Call it a chick flick, call it aggressive feminism, label it whatever you like, but “Thelma & Louise” is a classic story of female companionship and liberation that challenged what was and in many ways still is a male-centric movie industry. Roles for women in film have expanded over the years, but Thelma and Louise […]

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Review: Extract

“Extract” is not one of those tour-de-force comedies that knocks you on the floor with laughter, then again, that wasn’t exactly the case in Mike Judge’s previous cult hit “Office Space,” a film so in its own category that “Extract” will inevitably be — pardon the pun — judged by comparison. In the mold of […]

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Archive Review: Touch of Evil (1958) – 4/5 Stars

With all the cop drama TV shows and films that have come out over the years and the corruption thrillers, revisiting an old noir thriller such as “Touch of Evil” about cops taking justice into their own hands can be unexciting. There’s very little that those of a younger generation haven’t seen before, so what […]

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Archive Review: Gran Torino (2008) – 3.5/5 Stars

“Gran Torino” has to be the only good politically incorrect film to ever be made. Clint Eastwood’s character Walt Kowalski is a crotchety and ignorant old Korean War vet whose vocabulary is a thesaurus of racial slurs. He’s basically a racist Dirty Harry in his 70s-80s and the script hits us over the head with […]

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Long-awaited "Boondock Saints" sequel arrives in October

It’s been 10 years since this random dude name Troy Duffy made a crime thriller that no one saw about two devout Irish Catholic brothers that turn vigilantes called “Boondock Saints.” Then some teenager discovered it on DVD and ever since it became a focal point of millions of sleepovers and teenage male bonding nights across the […]

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Downey Jr. convinces Favreau to play "Cowboys & Aliens"

Since we don’t have any “Batman 3″ news to watch for obsessively, the next step down the totem pole of “people whose every move we follow” is Robert Downey Jr., especially when he’s in collaboration with his Iron Man franchise director Jon Favreau. The two will be working together on “Cowboys & Aliens,” a  graphic […]

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On DVD: Adventureland

The first thing to know about “Adventureland” is that although it was directed and written by Greg Mottola (“Superbad”) and it has Bill Hader in it, it is in know way in the mainstream vein of Judd Apatow-brand comedies. It’s not outrageously dirty or over-the-top hysterical ever. It prides itself on humor through character and […]

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