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Pub Fall Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Memories have a funny way of venturing further from truth as we age. Bad memories get worse, good memories get better, exaggeration becomes fact and the "truth" changes accordingly. Of course, not everyone remembers the same event the same way. In …
THE JOKE'S ON US Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I can't wait for the day when James Franco 
 finally comes out of the performance-art 
 closet and reveals that almost everything he's done in the past, oh, 10 years or so has been part of an intricate ongoing practical joke to yank celebrity …
Flawed Squad Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The late film critic Gene Siskel once pondered if the movie he was reviewing was more interesting than a documentary would be of the same actors having lunch together. In the case of “Gangster …
CORSETS AND ABOLITIONISTS Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The historical drama Belle blends a critical legal moment in England's abolition of slavery with forbidden romance and characters worthy of Jane Austen. That shouldn't all work, but it does. The criminally underappreciated Tom Wilkinson, the …
WOODY ALLEN’S MARGINAL MOONLIGHT Wednesday, August 13, 2014
There aren't many geniuses in film, but Woody Allen might just be one of them. Arguably the greatest comedic writer-director since Charlie Chaplin — though the Coen Brothers are breathing down his neck — Allen will leave the world a less …
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 …
Unleashing Her Fire Again Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The word "re-imagining" seems to have obtruded itself into the publicity materials for the latest big-screen version of Stephen King's "Carrie."  Obviously, that particular "R-word" sounds more artistic and less blasé than "remake." It's all …
‘HELLION' WITH A CAUSE Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hollywood is rife with teenage rebellion films, many of which either over-dramatize the experience of being a teen or over-demonize their subjects. The best of these flesh out the real struggle of coming of age and plumb the depths of kids and their …
Turkeys in Time Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It's as fair a question as any: Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving rather than, say, chicken or pork? Tofurkey, turducken and other alternatives aside, it seems like turkeys get a raw deal on an annual basis. At long last, "Free Birds" is here to …
Growing Pains Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Poor, poor Duncan. He's 14, introverted, awkward. His father will have nothing to do with him, and his mother, well-meaning as she is, has dragged him away from home to live at her boyfriend's beach house for the summer. Given that Duncan doesn't …