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"GET HARD" GOES SOFT Wednesday, April 1, 2015
n its opening moments, Get Hard features two shots of Will Ferrell’s pale white backside. This is expected — Ferrell shows his derriere in all his comedies, and he gets it over with early …
"THE GUNMAN" MISSES THE TARGET Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Gunman starts in the Congo in 2006. News reports tell us the country’s ongoing civil war is the worst conflict since World War II. But this is not a polemic about the travails of a small, …
"DIVERGENT" IS A DYSTOPIAN DELIGHT! Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Is it convoluted, maybe a result of adhering too closely to the novel it’s based on? Maybe. Is the world it posits perhaps implausible? Could be. So what? The same applies to Harry Potter and …
ROGER AND RUSS Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford have gotta 
 be pissed. They were the go-to studs for 
 "older guy" action roles, but now a string of big-budget busts has stranded their A-list status in blockbuster movie purgatory. Now the ass-kicking …
In 1969, Woody Allen released Take the Money and Run, which followed the mishaps of hopelessly nerdy criminal Virgil Starkwell. While the film was a bomb at the box office and received lukewarm reviews (though, in my mind, is rather underrated), …
Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford have gotta be pissed. They were the go-to studs for “older guy” action roles, but now a string of big-budget busts has stranded their A-list status in …
SPRING BREAKERS Wednesday, March 11, 2015
We know it's coming. It's like a storm forming in the distance, slowly getting stronger as it inches ever closer to our hallowed grounds, ready to wreak havoc on all we hold dear. I write, of course, about the summer movie season, four months of big …
THE NEW CINDERELLA? BIBBIDI-BOBBIDI-BLAH Wednesday, March 11, 2015
It's time for those of us who write about film to admit it: The war for Hollywood's soul is lost. It was lost a long time ago. What war? The one against the brand-oriented emphasis of studio movie-making. We've griped for more than 20 years as …
THE LOVE BLOAT Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Join me, if you will, on a journey back to the 
 America of the late 1970s. Jimmy Carter was 
 president, lapels were wide, and folks not fevering on Saturday nights were happily embracing the crew of the Pacific Princess on The Love Boat. For …
In “Amarillo by Morning,” George Strait croons the credo of the rodeo rider: “I ain’t got a dime, but what I got is mine / I ain’t rich but, Lord, I’m free.” …