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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.  

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.   

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).   

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.   

Film: HorrorHound Weekend

0 Comments · Thursday, November 10, 2011
Whether they admit it or not, the horror genre has a special place in the hearts of most movie buffs. That affinity is usually traced back to childhood, a period during which we are far more open to  

The Cult of Horror

HorrorHound Weekend returns with a bevy of celebrity panels and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Whether they admit it or not, the horror genre has a special place in the heart of most movie buffs. That affinity is usually traced back to childhood, a period during which we are far more open to spooky, supernatural occurrences; the terrifying possibility of a crazy guy in a mask wielding a chainsaw; or the likelihood of a maniacal, blood-thirsty leprechaun cracking jokes and skulls.  

Music: Crooked Fingers

Nov. 10 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 8, 2011
After a short-lived hiatus that was intended to be a retirement from music (he apparently moved to Taipei to teach English), Eric Bachman is a busy guy again. Besides the resurrection of his beloved 1  

Sacha Baron Cohen Unveils New Character

{CommentsCant} · Monday, November 7, 2011
Curious about where Sacha Baron Cohen, the Andy Kaufman-esque comedic genius behind Borat and Bruno, might set his satirical sights next? Wonder no more, as we now know the identity of his next character: climate change skeptic Lord Monckton.   

Friday Movie Roundup: Calm Before the Storm Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 4, 2011
With the rollout of fall's higher-profile “prestige” pictures still a week away (including Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious FBI director), a pair of lesser-known films open here this week that are worthy of your attention.