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“Compliance” contemplates the stand-by effect quite compellingly

August 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm 0 comments

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 from a man claiming to be a cop, strip-searched one of her employees […]

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“Hope” for romantic comedies for the retirement crowd

August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm 0 comments

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. Arnold is an accountant and Kay works in a clothing store. She makes him the same breakfast […]

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“Campaign” not a compelling candidate

August 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm 0 comments

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” (both by Brit Armando Iannucci) have made great satire out of Washington wackiness. Even “Saturday Night Live” was at […]

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‘Total Recall’: fun, if forgettable

August 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm 0 comments

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 through the earth’s core. He and his wife (Kate Beckinsale) live a modest life in an always-rainy town that […]

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‘Ruby Sparks:’ a modern ‘Pygmalion’

August 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

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 what it means to conceive a character and put them to paper, to bring them […]

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‘Watch’ out for hit-or-miss laughs

August 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm 0 comments

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. “The Watch” is one such film. After invading a Costco, a group of aliens looks to take over […]

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Chaos, clutter and emotions in Batman’s third act

Chaos, clutter and emotions in Batman’s third act

July 20, 2012 at 10:50 am 0 comments

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 Nolan. After taking the superhero film in an entirely new direction with […]

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The Almost ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

The Almost ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

July 4, 2012 at 11:37 am 0 comments

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” camps and duking out whether a superhero film should honor the tone of its comic origins or go for […]

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“Ted” is nearly un-bear-able

“Ted” is nearly un-bear-able

July 3, 2012 at 8:57 am 0 comments

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 a teddy bear. A lonely boy, Johnny wishes that his bear could “really talk so we could be best friends forever.” […]

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Oscar-winner ‘The Iron Lady’

April 21, 2012 at 11:35 am 0 comments

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, they are often in subpar films. Around Oscar time, the Onion released a story in which Streep claimed that […]

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