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Before the Fall Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Every cinematic fall brings talk of "awards 
 season," and the titles almost certain to 
 draw either critical praise or Oscar voters' love, if not both. I'm perversely fascinated by the titles that have a chance of being really good, movies …
DO THE RIGHT THING Wednesday, June 4, 2014
This is the movie that's just Tom Hardy driving in his car for 90 minutes, talking on his cell. We say things like "Oh, I'd watch that guy read the phone book," and this is almost that. Except it's absolutely riveting. Still, I'm seeing Locke …
The 87th annual Oscar awards show is being held Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., Neil Patrick Harris is the host and, based on his work hosting the Tony Awards, he should be a good one. Harris will perform an original song-and-dance number, "Moving …
A Charismatic Caper Wednesday, December 18, 2013
‘If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract 
 zest and enthusiasm." That pearl of wisdom from perennial positive thinker (and possible hustler himself) Norman Vincent Peale may explain why "American Hustle" is so likeable and engaging despite …
Z-ZZZ-ZZZ-ZOMBIES Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Contrary to what anyone might say, the zombie craze is really not the worst thing to happen to popular culture in the past 10 years. There are other, much more questionable enthusiasms. Interlink dramas, for instance, or Tommy Wiseau, or Twilight …
Crossing the Line Wednesday, October 16, 2013
In this technological age, the role of the individual has simultaneously become homogenized and powerful. Though millions of social media users around the world keep information superhighways busy with senseless chatter and pictures of waterskiing …
DARING MANEUVER Wednesday, June 18, 2014
At the opening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the familiar logo appears — a 
 boy casting a fishing line from his perch on a crescent moon — accompanied by a message that just doesn't seem like it could be right: 20 years? Could it really be …
In the opening moments of And So It Goes, Oren Little (Michael Douglas) visits the grave  of his beloved wife. It’s a scene that provides a humanizing context for Oren, since he’s …
In the Driver's Seat Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It takes a sizeable sack of balls for a car-chase movie like Need for Speed to feature an early scene in which characters are gathered at a drive-in watching Bullitt. The 1968 Steve McQueen cop drama featured one of the most legendary car chases in …
Family Ties Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The good news first: "The Family" offers hope that Robert De Niro's Oscar-nominated role in "Silver Linings Playbook" last year was not a fluke and that the enormously talented actor is finally being more selective with his roles after almost a …