Tag: 2- stars

St. Vincent (2014)

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St. Vincent (2014)

Ten minutes into Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent you’ve already figured out how it is going to end. Once the cute kid meets the crusty old coot next door who hates children – and humanity at large – the movie becomes a long slow drive down Highway Inevitable. When you reach the destination, there’s nothing to […]

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

It is nearly impossible to make a film about terminal illness and not make it heartfelt. The Fault in Our Stars has its heart in the right place but – WOW! – you walk out wishing that someone would shake the dust and clutter and broken fragments off the screenplay so it can flow with […]

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Son of God (2014)

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Son of God (2014)

It is clear that Hollywood’s noble intent for 2014 is to bring back the big-budget biblical epic.  Later this month we’ll get the story of Noah starring Russell Crowe, and this Christmas we’ll get Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring – get this – Christian Bale as Moses.  This can either lead to a renaissance or a […]

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Frozen (2013)

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Frozen (2013)

It is sort of disheartening going into Disney’s production of “Frozen” to report that this is a project that Walt himself had been tinkering with as far back as the 40s, disheartening because the result falls far short of spectacular.  After all these years, after all this effort, what has come to the screen is […]

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

It may no longer be possible to make a successful biopic that captures the entire sweep of a man’s life.  Gone are the days of sweeping epics about larger-than-life leaders like Lawrence of Arabia or Gandhi or even Malcolm X.  In our information age, it may no longer be possible to make a grand womb-to-tomb […]

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Carrie (2013)

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Carrie (2013)

How well you respond to the new remake of “Carrie” may depend greatly on how your mind is associated with the material that inspired it. If this is your introduction to this enterprise, it may be kind to suggest that you check out Brian DePalma’s original 1976 horror classic, or Stephen King’s 1974 debut novel.  […]

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
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V/H/S/2 (2013)

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V/H/S/2 (2013)

The very concept behind both V/H/S movies is admittedly clever.  What would happen if someone found an errant old video cassette tape and put it on.  In the real world, it would probably be blank or at least packed with either bad porn or old episodes of “Oprah’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’  But this is a […]

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Family (2013)

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The Family (2013)

French director Luc Besson is best at creating portraits of the criminal underground.  You can see this in his best work like “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional.”  You can even see a bit of this in “The Fifth Element.”  He knows how to take us into the scummy underworld and introduce us to characters […]

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
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