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Posted May 07, 2014in Film Review


“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” 2 stars Rated PG-13 141 minutes Action Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx Even the nerdiest members of that long-dead-gone cultural movement known as fanboys will admit that rebooting Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” is/was a mistake. It’s bad enough that the franchise lost Raimi, along with

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Posted April 30, 2014in Film Review

Ozon’s gaze

“Young & Beautiful” 5 stars Not Rated 95 minutes Drama Starring: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot For his latest filmic exploration, François Ozon addresses a complex mix of sexual, personal, social, familial, gender-based and technological issues, inexorably honing in on a striking synthesis of generational catharsis. That he does

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Posted April 23, 2014in Film Review

Artificial intelligence by degree

“Transcendence” 3 stars Rated PG-13 119 minutes Drama Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman In spite of its many and assorted plot-holes, “Transcendence” is a captivating sci-fi movie thanks to strong performances from a stable of reliable actors and a romantic hook at the heart of its high-concept trappings.

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Posted April 16, 2014in Film Review

Rumsfeld crushes Morris

“The Unknown Known” 4 stars Rated PG-13 96 minutes Documentary Starring: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris, Kenn Medeiros Errol Morris meets his match in Donald Rumsfeld. The notoriously contentious documentarian, whose probing interviews with 1960s secretary of defense Robert McNamara form the finest political documentary ever made (“The Fog of War:

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Posted April 09, 2014in Film Review

The vampire-alien who fell to Earth

“Under the Skin” 2 stars Rated R 108 minutes Drama Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay More visually accomplished than its malnourished narrative supports, “Under the Skin” works well as a foxy sci-fi movie for stoners. It would look great projected on a giant screen at a rave

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Posted April 02, 2014in Film Review

Farm workers unite!

“Cesar Chavez” 3 stars Rated PG-13 101 minutes Biography Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson Diego Luna’s second directorial outing is a prudently succinct brief-biopic about the Mexican farm-worker-turned-union-activist responsible for improving working conditions for migrant laborers in America. Timed for the film’s release to coincide with the March

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Posted March 26, 2014in Film Review

Samuel L. Jackson pays homage to Russia in ‘Mishkin’s Complaint’

“Pulp Fiction” star Samuel L. Jackson delivers his directing debut with a poignant sexy melodrama rooted in 1930’s Moscow, Russia. “Mishkin’s Complaint” pushes the envelope on modern cinema’s trend toward A- and B-list Hollywood actors engaging in full-fledged sex acts onscreen. The result leaves an impression. Jeremy Irons plays Mishkin,

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Posted March 19, 2014in Film Review

Bloody sandals

“300: Rise of an Empire” 3 stars Rated R 102 minutes Action Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey “300: Rise of an Empire,” of the sword-and-sandal hybrid war franchise based on Frank Miller’s (“Sin City”) graphic novel, fumbles through this superfluous sequel to “300” (2006). Huge sheets of splaying

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Posted March 12, 2014in Film Review

Second honeymoon in the city of light

“Le Week-End” 3 stars Rated R 93 minutes Comedy Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan Audiences familiar with screenwriter Hanif Kureishi’s work — reference “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid” — will want to seek out the author’s latest collaboration with director Roger Michell (“Venus”). They

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Posted March 05, 2014in Film Review

Action-man: Liam Neeson

“Non-Stop” 3 stars Rated PG-13 106 minutes Action Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy Yet another standard-issue thriller — this one starring the ever-watchable Liam Neeson on leading man duties — “Non-Stop” is a perfect guilty pleasure. So what if the plot makes little sense? The purpose of this

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