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Great Gaffe Wednesday, May 8, 2013
History affords us the benefit of looking past an era's ugly indiscretions and focusing on the higher points of a time gone by. The time period is then remembered with fond nostalgia rather than regret, which is a salient point to mention when …
Strong Suit Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This Tony Stark suffers from anxiety. He's saved the world a few times now, most recently in "The Avengers" when he flew in and out of a wormhole – but don't mention that word or he might hyperventilate. Granted, living up to Marvel's …
River Reunion Friday, April 26, 2013
“It’s a hell of a thing: a boat in a tree.” It sure is, and in “Mud,” a boat in a tree is the catalyst to launch a well-rendered story that is ultimately about …
Sci-fi High Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Just once, it would be nice to see a movie set in a future where life is peaceful. People are not corrupt and divisive (as in “The Hunger Games”), technology doesn’t determine …
Painful to Watch Wednesday, April 24, 2013
We’ve seen it time and again: Fools plan “the perfect crime” only to get themselves in more trouble than they can handle. This premise can be funny, but there are only a few …
Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson Friday, April 12, 2013
Hindsight allows us to look back and see the absurdity of racial segregation in the United States, but perspective is needed. It must be remembered that in post-World War II America, certain …
‘Dead’ Again Friday, April 5, 2013
Sometimes, for better or worse, certain images leave a mental footprint that can never be unseen. For non-horror movie fans who aren’t used to this type of gruesomeness, here’s …
A Major Roadblock Friday, March 29, 2013
Here’s the key to mindless action movies: They need to have just enough story to keep the plot moving. Too little story — or too many plot holes — and the movie fails, regardless of …
Searching for Normal Wednesday, March 27, 2013
P.J. Hogan, director of “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” returns to the Australian film industry for the first time since his 1994 film “Muriel’s Wedding,” …
Sieging an Old Plot Friday, March 22, 2013
The siege of the White House in “Olympus Has Fallen” is impressive. A large, heavily armed band of Korean terrorists executes a military-level strike on the White House with air …