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“Compliance” contemplates the stand-by effect quite compellingly

[email protected] August 20, 2012

Indie thriller is one of the best films of the year In 2004, reports of a sexual assault case at a McDonald’s in Kentucky hit the news. The manager of the restaurant, after receiving a phone call...

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“Hope” for romantic comedies for the retirement crowd

[email protected] August 9, 2012

New Streep film is both delightful and insightful Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) have been married for 31 years. After raising kids, their lives have become mundane and predictable....

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“Campaign” not a compelling candidate

[email protected] August 9, 2012

As politics becomes more of a circus, visual media have stepped into the ring and taken advantage of “the political theater.” Films like “In the Loop” and television series like “Veep”...

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‘Total Recall’: fun, if forgettable

[email protected] August 7, 2012

Don’t worry, it’s not a sequel; it’s a remake. Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is not happy. He lives in the post-apocalyptic hereafter and commutes to his factory job everyday by traversing...

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‘Ruby Sparks:’ a modern ‘Pygmalion’

[email protected] August 5, 2012

Often, the best novels are about novels, the best poems about poems, and the best films about films. Well, “Ruby Sparks” is a film about novels, or rather, the creative act of writing. It’s about...

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‘Watch’ out for hit-or-miss laughs

[email protected] August 5, 2012

No Need to Watch “The Watch”   Collaboration of colossal comedic talents can be a fun box office draw. But, occasionally, the resulting film can feel lazy, phoned in and half baked....

Chaos, clutter and emotions in Batman's third act

Chaos, clutter and emotions in Batman’s third act

[email protected] July 20, 2012

What must it feel like for the hopes and dreams of millions of people to press down on your shoulders? It must be quite a strain on one’s back. I’m not talking about Batman, I’m talking about Christopher...

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The Almost ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

[email protected] July 4, 2012

If one thread runs through the current plethora of superhero films, it is the struggle to strike the right tone. Fanboys are already aligning themselves in “Team Avengers” “Team Dark Knight”...

“Ted” is nearly un-bear-able

“Ted” is nearly un-bear-able

[email protected] July 3, 2012

Like an old childhood teddy bear, Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy “Ted” is cute and cuddly at the beginning before wearing out its welcome. One Christmas, 8-year-old John Bennett receives...

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Oscar-winner ‘The Iron Lady’

[email protected] April 21, 2012

Meryl Streep is without a doubt the greatest living American screen actress. That said, her career choices are suspect to intense criticism. While she has strung together decades of brilliant performances,...

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Oscar-nominee ‘A Better Life’

[email protected] April 21, 2012

Every now and then, we see films that we so profoundly feel on an emotional level that they cause us to question our own criticisms and objections to the film. Are we being too critical? Too cynical?...

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Review: ‘The Kid with a Bike’

[email protected] April 21, 2012

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne once quipped that truth is never as interesting as fiction. That is a confusing statement given that their fiction often feels so truthful. The same can be said for...

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