Tag: 2-and-a-half

Blue Jasmine (2013)

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Blue Jasmine (2013)

If Woody Allen had written “A Streetcar Named Desire,” it might look something like “Blue Jasmine.”  His heroine Jasmine Francis, like Blanche DuBois, is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  Once, her life sparkled with money and luxury.  Now, it’s all gone, and what is left is an empty woman trying to […]

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Pacific Rim (2013)

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Pacific Rim (2013)

With his new science fiction thriller “Pacific Rim,” director Guillermo del Toro effectively takes Michael Bay to school on how to make a movie about giant robots.  Unlike Bay’s torpid transforming nonsense, del Toro’s film is thoughtful and smart.  It may not be perfect, but it’s got way more style, way more substance and way […]

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Man of Steel (2013)

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Man of Steel (2013)

The biggest question going into “Man of Steel,” is whether or not Christopher Nolan can bring the same down-to-Earth psychology to Superman that he did to Batman.  The quick answer: no.  Yes, he and director Zack Snyder have created a well-mounted action picture – they get the fight scenes just right – but in trying […]

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Epic (2013)

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Epic (2013)

The late great critic Roger Ebert coined a term that accurately describes a movie like “Epic.”  He would call it a “four-glasses-movie,” which he described as any movie whose plot can be summed up on four souvenir glasses from McDonald’s.  “The glasses are of great value,” he said, “because they hold more water than the […]

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Great Gatsby (2013)

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

Okay, so here’s the good news: Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is not an embarrassment to F. Scott Fitzgerald.  This is a great looking, well-acted visualization of a story that generations have been forced to read in high school, yet it is never boring nor does it ever feel like homework.  The bad […]

| May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Iron Man Three (2013)

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Iron Man Three (2013)

The best thing about Iron Man Three is Robert Downey, Jr. If this trilogy proves anything, it is that Downey’s best natural gift is his mouth.  He has a rapid-fire delivery in which it takes you a second to register what he just said.  Like Groucho Marx, his mouth is always ready with a verbal […]

| May 2, 2013
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Thale (2013)

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Thale (2013)

It is safe to assume that Elvis and Leo do a job that few people could stomach.  They clean up crime scenes.  After the bodies have been removed, they clean up the pools of blood and bits of human remains that litter the scene.  It’s not a pleasant job but somebody’s got to do it.  […]

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Spring Breakers (2013)

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Spring Breakers (2013)

If it were a better movie, Spring Breakers might have been the perfect opportunity to break down the luster and bluster of spring break in Florida, an annual tradition that (according to this movie) resembles the last days of Caligula, with copious amounts of booze, drugs, sex and anything else that Mom and Dad (or […]

| April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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