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Anchor Bay, 2009, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
No doubt resuscitated this year for a brief theatrical (and now DVD) release in advance of star Rooney Mara’s high-profile role in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this previously undistributed coming-of-age tale follows the melodramatic adventures of four friends on the verge of graduation from an all-girls boarding school in Providence, R.I.    

Literary: Joani Lacy

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Eve Hollister is back, as is the banyan tree that looms so ominously near the recently restored Victorian home that Eve and her family believe is no longer haunted. Hollister House: The Banyan Tree Aw  
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Friday Movie Roundup: Sundance Lineup Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 2, 2011
I haven't done an exhaustive study, but it seems for the first time since I've been writing the words that appear in this space, there are no new movies opening in theaters this week. Zero.

But that's not to say there aren't plenty of worthwhile options currently residing in local theaters. As I pointed out last week, there have been an uncommon number of strong movies released of late, including four last week: The Descendants, Hugo, The Muppets and My Week with Marilyn. That quartet follows the recently released Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy, which means a half-dozen movies in the last three weeks have garnered an A- or better from CityBeat's typically stingy crew of critics.  
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'The Artist' Wins Best Picture Award

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The awards season is upon us. In just the first of a coming avalanche of groups that will unveil their various movie awards/prizes/best lists, the New York Film Critics' Circle, considered one the more discerning groups of critics in the country, yesterday announced its 2011 award winners. Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist — a silent, black-and-white drama about the silent, black-and-white era of 1920s Hollywood — won Best Picture and Best Director.   

The Natural

Shailene Woodley discusses her breakout role in 'The Descendants'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Alexander Payne’s long-anticipated return to the filmmaking scene is another slanted, deadpan comedy about the ways in which a relatively ordinary man’s life can go terribly off course. CityBeat recently phoned the 20-year-old actress Shailene Woodley, who plays 17-year-old Alexandra in the film, to discuss the experience of making The Descendants.  
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Wednesday Movie Roundup: Sweet Holiday Bounty Edition!

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 23, 2011
After months mediocre movie options, recent weeks have give us a plethora of worthwhile offerings in a variety of genres — from art-house-leaning fare like Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In, Like Crazy, Take Shelter, The Interruptors, Senna, The Way and The Guard to higher-profile multiplexers like Moneyball, Drive, 50/50 and The Ides of March. The winning streak continues this week. In fact, it's shaping up to be the best slate of opening films in recent memory.   

Holidays In the Dark

Ten multiplex movies to relieve holiday-season stress

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The first of two December offerings (War Horse being the other) from The Most Successful Director That Has Ever Lived is a motion-capture-rendered animated adventure that follows a young journalist (Bell) immersed in a treasure hunt. The trailer looks like Indiana Jones minus the geriatric nonsense of that series’ last entry, which is obviously a good thing.  
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Friday Movie Roundup: 'Twilight' Mayhem Continues

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 18, 2011
Movies must be able to stand on their own two feet; they can't rely on their source material for viewers to understand what's happening onscreen, which is a sin the Twilight series continues to make over and over again. Of course, when millions of females — the overwhelming majority of whom make up its rabid fan base — the world over have read the books, I guess that's less of a concern than it would be otherwise.   
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Last Chance for 'Margin Call'

Wall Street meldown drama closes Thursday

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The economic meltdown of 2008 has now yielded a decent amount of feature-length films on the topic — from mediocre fictional dramas (Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2 and John Wells' The Company Men) to an effective, semi-tangential documentary (Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) to a solid docudrama (Curtis Hanson's HBO-backed Too Big to Fail).   
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Friday Movie Roundup: Lighten Up, Leo, Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 11, 2011
When will Leonardo DiCaprio lighten up? It doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. Asked recently if he would consider doing something besides the heavy dramatic lifting of recent years (see Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception and now J. Edgar), the 37-year-old actor responded with this to-the-point rebuttal: “Why would I want to do something I would consider a profound waste of time?"
Alright, then.