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Movie Reviews

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

‘Hobbit’ isn’t perfect but veteran cast takes it pretty close

After the film adaptation of “The Hobbit” was announced, splitting the beloved novel into three parts, I don’t think I was alone in offering up this fervent prayer: “Please, Peter Jackson, please, don’t screw this up.” Jackson’s...

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Best of upcoming winter releases look bright indeed

Winter is cinematically fickle. Its mixed bag of brilliance and banality seems to mirror the bright festivity of the holidays with the long, cold, bleak months that follow. Here are a few of the best-looking films of...

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Performances get overshadowed by experimentalism in ‘Anna Karenina’

The tricky balance with movie adaptations of classic novels is to appease fans of the original work while still making the finished product accessible to the uninitiated. “The Lord of the Rings” succeeds in this regard, as...

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Fairy-tale ensemble makes ‘Rise of the Guardians’ soar

It sounds like a bad joke: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost walk in a bar… But “Rise of the Guardians” isn’t joking when it gathers that handful of childhood...

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Vampires sparkle in Twilight’s last gleaming

There are few franchises quite so divisive as “Twilight” — either you love it or you hate it, and at this point there’s very little that can be done to change your mind. “Breaking Dawn Part 2”...

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Newest Bond shakes up franchise by stirring together old and new

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Newest Bond shakes up franchise by stirring together old and new

When it comes to fans of the James Bond franchise, I’ve found there are basically two groups. The first sees the classic Bond films as being far superior to those made in this century, and generally extols...

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ makes good fun out of video game nostalgia

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ makes good fun out of video game nostalgia

Much as “Toy Story” and “Monsters, Inc.” revealed the secret lives of toys and monsters, respectively, “Wreck-It Ralph” shows us a behind-the-screens look at characters in arcade games. For the past 30 years, Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by...

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Surf flick ‘Chasing Mavericks’ offers viewers a fairly mellow ride

I wouldn’t think late fall was a prime time to release a surfing flick, but the makers of “Chasing Mavericks” clearly disagree. This breezy, sun-soaked film is based on the true rise to fame of Jay Moriarity,...

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

MMA fighting flick won’t make audiences tap out

It’s not generally a good sign when a movie is promoted as being made by the same people who brought us “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” However, despite this less-than-ringing endorsement, the mixed martial arts film “Here Comes...

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Hostage drama ‘Argo’ glitters with rich human history

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Hostage drama ‘Argo’ glitters with rich human history

One of the problems with the MPAA rating system is that, with an “R” rating, a movie like “Argo” is lumped in with shows like “The Hangover,” “Ted” or “Magic Mike.” This is really a pity, because...

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