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Grumpy Old Warriors Shuffle off the Box Office Radar

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
In The Last Stand, a few opening weekend masochists forced themselves to watch as Schwarzenegger’s small border town sheriff and a ragtag collection of kooky deputies fought against a supposedly elite extraction team seeking to transport a notorious racecar driving drug kingpin back across the border.  

Writer-Director Michael Haneke Puts Love to a Most Brutal Test

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Amour, the brave new film from Michael Haneke, is a story that speaks to the notion and philosophies espoused by Dr. Cornel West, in particular, his consideration of what it means to be human.  

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Top 10 films of the year — from two perspectives

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Summing up a year’s worth of movies can be tricky. Top 10 lists often yield more questions than answers. The subjective nature of the endeavor inevitably reveals personal interests, quirks and prejudices, all of which can be either intriguing or infuriating depending on whether you agree with a given compiler’s cinematic worldview.   

DVD/Blu-Ray Highlights from Across the Spectrum for the Start of 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sometimes the true pleasure of a film, especially a documentary, is having the opportunity to bask in the presence of someone you wish you could invite into your home for dinner or head off on an epic road trip with.  

Jacques Audiard's New Drama Uncovers Wounded Souls in Harsh Conditions

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rust and Bone captures much of the dynamic between Ali and Stephanie without excessive dialogue; there are few situations where they feel the need to explain themselves. They are creatures of action, full of passion, which at times, results in unintended emotional carelessness.  

Two Driven Women Lead Audiences Through 'Zero Dark Thirty'

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty begins in darkness, not the pitch of night or space; rather simply, it starts with the black frame and voices. Instantly, we recognize the voices as those belonging to desperate callers on Sept. 11, 2001.  

Forging 'Special Relations' For the Ages

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The “story” of Roger Michell’s new film, Hyde Park on Hudson, derives from the personal letters of Daisy (Laura Linney), the nominal protagonist who happens to have been a distant cousin of President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray).   

Dissecting Hathaway's Brilliant Performance in 'Les Miserables'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Two shots. That’s all it takes for Anne Hathaway to deliver what could arguably be the greatest performance in movie musical history.  

Judd Apatow’s Brand Of Raunchy Comedy Ages Gracefully

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This Is 40 is only the fourth feature film directed by Apatow (following The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People), but he has tickled our funny bones onscreen as a producer (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Superbad, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bridesmaids) and a writer (Fun with Dick and Jane, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Pineapple Express).  

Framing 2013: How to Look at the New Year in Film

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Consider this a mission or statement of purpose for next year’s film coverage. The seed of the idea began at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where I decided to go, as I stated, where the frames took me.  

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