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Top Ten Favorite Film Memories of 2013

0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Around this time last year, I happened upon a copy of Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself and found in his narrative how movies have become, for me, fragments of experiences, some of the most precious minutes and hours of my life. And so, what else can I do but share a few of the best from 2013?  

American Hustle

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
David O. Russell seems locked in to continue his critically lauded string of hits (following up The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook) with American Hustle, and one of the likely reasons has to be  

Inside Llewyn Davis

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a typically flawed protagonist in the Coen Brothers mold. A Folk singer of some relative note, Davis is arrogant (but not oppressively so), modestly talented and stub  

Saving Mr. Banks

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Poor P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson); she was such a cold woman. Full of that stiff-upper-lip game-facing that we’ve come to expect from the British (although Travers is actually Australian, but   

Walking With Dinosaurs

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
We are in the midst of a strange fascination with the life and times of the dinosaur (could it be some sense that we, humans, have crossed the point of no return along the path to extinction?), an  

The Legend of Will Ferrell Continues

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back, but San Diego is in the rearview mirror this time. Burgundy and his lovely lady Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) have made a home in the Big Apple and the big-time big-boy anchor desk looms, as the mack daddy of news anchormen Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) prepares to make an offer that cannot be refused.   

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The dwarves’ epic quest to re-establish their kingdom continues, bringing them and their assorted allies (including the wizard Gandalf, a coalescing collection of elves and Bilbo Baggins) into con  

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tyler Perry’s Madea creation has taken on a personality and life of its own — threatening to eclipse its creator, I would argue — but Perry has exhibited a strong controlling influence over   

Nebraska

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It’s worth wondering what’s up with Alexander Payne and his fascination with the neuroses of white men. From Election’s poor sad sack Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to About Schmidt’s re  

A Duped Documentarian Seeks the Truth About the Power of a Lie

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Audiences will sit down to Alex Gibney’s new film, The Armstrong Lie, wanting to believe that thoroughly disgraced cyclist and athlete Lance Armstrong will come clean in a far more humbling fashion than he did with Oprah Winfrey.