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A RETURN TRIP TO ALPHAVILLE Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I've always loved 3-D movies and comics, which I discovered as a kid growing up in the '50s, but I've had a hard time convincing friends and even family members to fork over the few extra bucks for …
"FOCUS" IS A BLUR Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Remember when Will Smith was box office gold? There was a time — nearly 20 years ago now — when he couldn't miss, when even if his movie was a dud, it still collected primo box office bucks. Then Hancock (2008) came out and he hasn't done …
McFARLAND, USA IS MIRED IN "THE WHITE STUFF" Wednesday, February 25, 2015
In recent years — particularly in regard to the transformation of New York City's Times Square from a locus of iniquity into a tourist-friendly projection of consumerism's id — people tend to wield the word "Disneyfication" in a negative …
UNDER THE RADAR Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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, 2015
The term "visionary artist" is used to describe any creative type who is able to step out of the norm of familiar ideas of content, media and approach. If we're lucky, truly "visionary" individuals open our minds to the inherent, transformative …
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, 2015
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 …
"JUPITER ASCENDING" IS A HUNK OF COSMIC DEBRIS Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Jupiter Ascending is bloated sci-fi cheese, an intergalactic and extravagantly over-the-top saga that simultaneously wows and confounds. We can see every cent of a $150 million budget on the screen, …
FILM Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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 …