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"FOCUS" IS A BLUR Wednesday, February 25
Will Smith's attempt at a heist thriller is a bust
An inspirational story finds the wrong focus
UNDER THE RADAR Wednesday, February 18
Director Terry Gilliam is back with his first film since The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009), which was Heath Ledger’s last. Were it not for the notoriety surrounding Ledger’s death …
HOWARD FINSTER AND THE LIFE DIVINE Wednesday, February 18
New documentary offers a fascinating look into the realm of the outsider artist
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 …
THE RIVER SONG OF "SHOW BOAT" Wednesday, February 11
Sometime in my formative years, I saw the 1951 version of Show Boat on TV and loved it. The only specific scene I can recall, though, was the final one: The camera focused on Ava Gardner’s …
This is not a gentlemanly movie. Now, most movies are not very gentlemanly, and this isn't necessarily a problem — except, perhaps, to those of us who lament the passing of true gentlemanliness as a thing a dude might aspire to. But it's a huge …
The Wachowskis' overreaching sci-fi epic is an overwrought piece of intergalactic slop
FILM Wednesday, February 4
While this year’s Academy Awards are abuzz about nominees Boyhood, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, there’s a whole category of short-and-sweet films that may be overlooked by a …
The most famous brothers writing and directing films today may be the Coens (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) and the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy). Even more remarkable for my money, though, are the …