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Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

Gorgeous and talented little Shailene Woodley got naked on the screen for the first time in this? What a waste! That’s my overall reaction to the quality of the film, but I am intrigued by White Bird in a Blizzard for a completely different and irrelevant reason. This could be the first and only time…

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Review: Gone Girl

And they’re off! The Oscar race has officially begun, with David Fincher’s Gone Girl pulling ahead for an early lead. And it may well have the legs to carry it right across the finish line first come Oscar time. The film is, in a word, sublime. If you’re an avid fan of Gone Girl, the novel, like I…

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Review: The Judge

Will someone please explain to me how such a stellar cast can wind up in such a miscarriage of movie justice? I mean, it’s Robert Downey Jr., for heavens sake, along with Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton. You need a really bad script and an inept director to show some of the greatest actors…

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Review: The Book of Life

I’m always up for a major studio movie that focuses on Mexican lore and culture, a segment of North American society that I think is shamelessly underrepresented in the media. I’m also enthusiastic about anything that flows from the original and creative genius of Guillermo del Toro, who backed an produced The Book of Life, while Jorge…

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Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Since there are so many words in the title, I sum up Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in one word: Cute. But since you’re expecting a little more out of this review, I’ll add a few more. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s frolicsome, it’s family friendly. Add it to your current…

Review: A Good Marriage

Review: A Good Marriage

Let me qualify this review of Stephen King’s A Good Marriage by telling you that I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I think he is an important, uniquely American literary voice, and, as a writer, I can’t help but admire his prolific output. So I’m always eager to see any film he touches. All his stories aren’t perfect cinematic translations,…

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Review: Meet the Mormons

NEWS FLASH: It’s always nice to have your positive reviews backed up by box office success, but this weekend’s relative blockbuster performance of Meet the Mormons is both unexpected and overwhelming. Take that Hollywood titans who believe a film has to have sex and violence to be a success. Just how well did it do?…

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Review: The Boxtrolls

Finally Fall! It’s a great time to venture back into the theaters with the wee ones in your life, and make sure you do it with as much time as possible before Halloween, because The Boxtrolls are sure to inspire the ‘it’ costumes this year. And for once, they’re inexpensive and easy to make yourself– a cardboard container,…

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Review: The Equalizer

I’ll say one thing for The Equalizer — it’s not as violent or as hard to watch as I thought it would be. I realize that’s not a ringing endorsement, but when you hear that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have teamed up again, as they did in the brutal Training Day, and you…

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Review: This is Where I Leave You

Finally! A film that I can recommend to both my septuagenarian mother and my teenage niece. This Is Where I Leave You is a warm, entertaining, dysfunctional family film that fits comfortably between the gross and outrageous slapstick of an Adam Sandler pic, and the overwrought, over-acted, self-important emotionalism of August, Osage County. I read…

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