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reviewed My Afternoons with Margueritte. July 15, 2012
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My Afternoons with Margueritte
It is good to see the movie return of Gerard Depardieu (as Germaine) who here plays a bit of an old ox running a vegetable stand from the produce he makes in his back yard. Next to his mobile home is …
reviewed Hard Candy. July 15, 2012
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Hard Candy
Tackling important matters in very modern contexts, 'Hard Candy' is at best a difficult movie to absorb and watch. What starts as potentially a cautionary tale takes on many nuances and twists as a young …
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,   Go throw your TV set away,   And in its place you can install   A lovely bookshelf on the wall."--Roald Dahl, ···Choc …
reviewed Certified Copy. May 31, 2012
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Certified Copy
‘Certified Copy’ is in many ways the critics’ darling and a sleeper foreign film waiting to be discovered.  I wanted to climb on board.  After all the movie is in many ways …
reviewed Hugo. January 11, 2012
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Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' is his first family friendly entertainment, but just like all of his endeavors, his film pays dirt. Filled with passion, innocence, yet shrouded in mystery, 'Hugo' …
reviewed A Better Life (2011 movie). December 06, 2011
A Better Life (2011 movie)
A Better Life is a spare slice of life drama that gives an unflinching look at the immigrant life of Mexicans while retaining a substantial heart. Stars Demian Bichir and Jose Julian give true to life …
reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger.... December 06, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
'The Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides,' gives us a revitalized release of the beloved franchise. The plot is simply a quest for the Fountain of Youth, and while the composite is not perfect--every …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). December 06, 2011
Thor (film)
'Thor' at first glance doesn't do anything new, but it's so well done, it absorbs for two hours and leaves one feeling entirely transported. The plot is hardly convoluted: Thor is groomed to be the next …
The Smarter Science of Slim-Scientific Proof. Fat Loss Facts
"If Oprah hires someone to design her house and the house collapses, we would not blame Oprah. And if Oprah hires someone to design a piece of software and she cannot figure it out, the software designer …
reviewed A Better Life (2011 movie). October 27, 2011
A Better Life (2011 movie)
'A Better Life' is a spare slice of life drama that gives an unflinching look at the immigrant life of Mexicans while retaining a substantial heart. Stars Demian Bichir and Jose Julian give true to life …
reviewed My Dog Tulip. August 19, 2011
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my dog tulip
Despite sporting possibly the two best quotes about the relationship between man and dogs, this animated depiction of Ackerly's book is too rife with the the significance and occurences of dog fluids. …
reviewed Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athle.... August 03, 2011
Stillpower:The Inner Source Of Athletic Excellence by Garret Kramer
"When we focus on a personal prize, our options narrow; when we relish the process, our options expand."--Garret Kramer, `Stillpower'      At first, I thought Garret …
reviewed Mary Poppins. July 11, 2011
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Mary Poppins
'Mary Poppins' elicits a charm that hasn't diminished since its debut. Besides the marvelous debut of Julie Andrews, a stellar performance by Dick Van Dyke, and a more than adequate supporting cast, the …
reviewed Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. July 11, 2011
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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
There are some things about this movie that haven't aged well, yet it mostly remains an engaging comedy about a family's disastrous summer vacation.  Mr. Hobbs (Jimmy Stewart) wants to get …
reviewed Source Code. July 05, 2011
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Source Code
'Source Code' does what 'Vantage Point' tried, but failed, to do. It makes us look at a public scene where some imminent violence or calamity is about to take place, and then backs up …
reviewed The Endless Summer. July 05, 2011
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The Endless Summer
The best documentaries are the ones that transport you to a certain place or time, and make you feel like you are a vicarious observer on the scene. 'Endless Summer' does this in spades. Despite …
reviewed Rabbit Hole. June 20, 2011
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Rabbit Hole
Say what you will about EWTN and the late Mother Angelica, but one of the most poignant and moving episodes of 'Mother Angelica Live' was when a male guest came to talk about his faith and the …
reviewed TRON (1982 movie). June 20, 2011
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At first I thought the distance between ‘Tron' and ‘Tron Legacy' may have been in style and substance. After all ‘Tron' at its inception was an organic movie conception from the popular arcade games filling …
reviewed Waiting For Superman. May 30, 2011
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Waiting For Superman
Waiting for Superman does an unflinching job of diagnosing and illustrating the problems of today's public school system. Citing statistics with great visualization, the focal points, nevertheless, …
reviewed Black Swan (2010 film). May 22, 2011
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Black Swan (2010)
Billed a “psychological thriller,” Black Swan is a satisfying cinematic voyage that skillfully weaves its story about artistic ambition and perfection combined with the quest for human identity …
reviewed 127 Hours. May 06, 2011
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127 Hours
Watching the first twenty minutes of 127 Hours I was repelled by what I was watching, and not just by Aron Ralston's rope, either.  It doesn't help a review when you want to be uplifted and …
reviewed Anchors Aweigh. April 11, 2011
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Anchors Aweigh
Anchors Aweigh isn't a splendid as An American in Paris or Singing in the Rain, but it does have many terrific moments.  As two Navy men on leave, Joe Brady (Kelly) and Clarence Doolittle (Sinatra) …
reviewed 83rd Academy Awards. March 02, 2011
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83rd Academy Awards
I am a day late and a dollar short. Make that ten dollars if gas prices are in any way indicative of the near future. I made my predictions on the cheap: As I saw the Oscars on Sunday night, which isn't …
reviewed The Social Network. February 15, 2011
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The Social Network
It's hard to describe why 'Social Network' is such a valuable and effective viewing experience.  The structure treats time-frames not much differently than 'Amadeus' because it …
reviewed Hercules. February 15, 2011
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Hercules is an unexpected surprise.  Besides sporting old-fashioned animation,which is flowing and not rubbery like much of the computer-generated full-feature films; it is a witty, fun, exhuberant, …
reviewed Skin (movie). February 06, 2011
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Skin never falters as a reinactment of the life of Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo), a girl growing up in apartheid South Africa in a white family with an unknown lineage that has provided her with dark …
reviewed TRON: Legacy. February 02, 2011
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Tron Legacy
If nothing else, Tron Legacy is Sci-Fi eye-candy. I truly remember the original back in the early eighties. It transported me to a place I had never been before. In college video games had invigorated …
reviewed Secretariat. January 29, 2011
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Whether you know the full story and the whole history or not, 'Secretariat' is a terrific family movie. This Disney film zeroes in on the horse and its owner, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) in a way that …
reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage .... January 25, 2011
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I should get my biases out of the way:  I am a big 'Narnia' fan, both of the books, and, so far, of the movies.  The best measuring stick that the latter is up to par as a medium …
reviewed Flipped (2010). January 24, 2011
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Flipped (2010)
Flipped is just old-fashioned, flat-out, feel-good entertainment. Flashback to the fifties as the new girl next door, Juli (Madeline) falls head-over-heals in love with Bryce (McAuliffe), a boy too young …
reviewed The Last Exorcism. January 09, 2011
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The Last Exorcism
It's the amateur hour to be sure, but they do a lot with very little.  As a faux documentary, Louisiana preacher, Rev. Cotton, would like to make good on his track to perform phony exorcisms.  …
reviewed Date Night (2010 movie). December 12, 2010
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Date Night (2010)
Sometimes a good movie is all we need. ‘Date Night' isn't a great film, and maybe it doesn't try to be one, but we all know there are times when only a good film is our best diversion.   …
reviewed Shrek Forever After (2010 movie). December 09, 2010
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Happily--without getting cliche'--'Shrek Forever After' bounces back from 'Shrek the (Mediocre) Third' with the trajectory needed that its predecessor lacked. The hero is in dire straits; the characters …
reviewed A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 movie). December 03, 2010
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Nightmare on Elm Street Poster
There's no doubt that if you're looking for a film to give you some jolts, you won't do wrong renting this piece. On the other hand, if you're more selective, there are other adventures …
reviewed Robin Hood. November 21, 2010
Robin Hood (Single-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)
Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' is an action-filled masterpiece, but it's an achievement lacking in the heart of "merry men,' and the spirit of Robin Hood. Every shot is expertly framed, a stunning sight …
reviewed I Am Love (Io sono l'amore). October 17, 2010
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I Am Love (Io sono l'amore)
Besides a sensual feast of cinematography and food shots nearly rivaling the close-ups found in 'Big Night,' 'I Am Love' is mostly a melodrama about a displaced Russian woman (Swinton) …
reviewed The Suburbs (Arcade Fire album). September 10, 2010
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The Suburbs (Arcade Fire album)
If you told me a new release was a concept album about suburbia, I'd approach it with a mixture of skepticism and curiosity. If you told me it was a sixteen song c.d. with this theme, my preconceptions …
reviewed Kinnikinnic Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts. September 10, 2010
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kinnikinnic gluten-free pizza crusts
For just less than $2.00 a piece [before toppings], you can have an affordable slice of heaven (or make that six if you cut them into tasty, edible portions) [aka pizza :>)] all by yourself--or share …
reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid. September 05, 2010
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I'm a substitute teacher, and if you asked me last year what was the most popular book students were reading, I'd say without hesitation 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'.*  The cover …
reviewed How to Train Your Dragon. August 29, 2010
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I'm a middle aged adult, but you'll never hear me whine, 'We didn't have 3D when I was a kid!' Well, part of the deal is being a middle aged adult nowadays means you can keep making up for lost time. …
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