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Character-driven Drama Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Even if you despise racecar driving, "Rush" is utterly captivating from start to finish. The story of archrivals on the Formula One racing scene in 1976, director Ron Howard's latest film is a fascinating character study of two polar opposites in a …
This is not a gentlemanly movie. Now, most movies are not very gentlemanly, and this isn't necessarily a problem — except, perhaps, to those of us who lament the passing of true gentlemanliness as a thing a dude might aspire to. But it's a huge …
HOWARD FINSTER AND THE LIFE DIVINE Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The term "visionary artist" is used to describe any creative type who is able to step out of the norm of familiar ideas of content, media and approach. If we're lucky, truly "visionary" individuals open our minds to the inherent, transformative …
Along for the Ride Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Embodying the early 1970s short board revolution, the film "Drift" tries to incorporate all the conflicts that come with starting a surfboard company out of your back shed. The cinematography of the surfing action should keep viewers on board, …
Sometimes having it all leaves you with 
 nothing. In Foxcatcher, a superb and 
 sordid tale of great wealth and unfulfilled desires, John DuPont (a fantastic Steve Carell) has millions in the bank and nothing to show for it. He inherited the …
The Grand Illusion Wednesday, March 13, 2013
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a clever allegory for our ever-changing world. Consider: The famous magical team of Burt (Steve Carell) and Anton (Steve Buscemi) are forced to split when a …
No More Mr. Vice Guy Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Lovable anti-hero villain Gru is back in "Despicable Me 2." But the film's first big problem is that he's not despicable any more. Gru (Steve Carell) is now a loving dad to his three adopted daughters — Margo, Agnes and Edith — and has …
Silver Lining Wednesday, July 3, 2013
It's hard to grasp why "The Lone Ranger" was made. Do moviegoers crave: A return to the old west? No. An adaptation of "The Lone Ranger" TV series from the '50s? No. The Wild West glammed-up with crashing trains and visual effects? No (remember …
The 10 Best Films of 2013 Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2013 ended up being a fairly good year at the movies, thanks in large part to films that pushed barriers, dared to be different and wowed us at times when we expected anything but.
Ah, rich, white, middle-aged men and their 
 problems. Is there less fertile ground for 
 empathy and entertainment? Yet comedic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, with director Michael Winterbottom, had surprising indie success when their 2011 …