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reviewed Great Expectations. May 12, 2013
Great Expectations
Young Pip has a hard life: His parents have died, he lives with his shrewish sister, and he's destined to be a lowly blacksmith. Fate smiles on him, however, when a mysterious old lady pays him to …
reviewed 'Dallas Buyers Club'. October 30, 2013
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'Dallas Buyers Club'
   By Joan Alperin Schwartz First thing I must say is that Matthew McConaughey has become one hell of an actor...   From 'Killer Joe' to 'Paper Boy' followed by 'Mud' …
reviewed 'Delivery Man' starring Vince Vaughn. November 19, 2013
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'Delivery Man' starring Vince Vaughn
reviewed Therese. November 22, 2013
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Often times, character studies are difficult to translate from the script to the screen.  That may be one of the trappings of the creative process – it’s easy for the author or a screenwriter …
reviewed The Little Mermaid. December 09, 2013
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The Little Mermaid (movie)
Okay, here are things that everyone knows: Disney has the world's strongest animation canon. One day, they might end up relinquishing it to Pixar, but Disney comes packed with so much history and longevity …
reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. December 14, 2013
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
I never really understood how Star Wars fans felt after Gorge Lucas butchered the prequels and left fans all over the world writhing in agony. It’s not that I liked the prequels, I don't, they …
reviewed The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). December 18, 2013
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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
"If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it."    That was what George Lucas thinks of The Star Wars Holiday Special. Now, go back …
reviewed It's a Wonderful Life (1947 movie). December 27, 2013
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It's a Wonderful Life
I looked up the writers of the classic Frank Capra flick It's a Wonderful Life. Capra's name was among them, and when I did some further-depth research about his own life, I was a little surprised to …
reviewed Sightseers. December 30, 2013
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Director Oliver Stone went through a phase where a handful of films he shepherded really indicted the media for creating many of contemporary society’s natural born killers.  I always thought …
reviewed Mischief Night. December 30, 2013
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Mischief Night
Fact: the 1980’s were a tremendous boon for the home entertainment industry.  The explosion of VHS brought an incredible influx of properties to the marketplace, and, despite some of what you’ll …
reviewed The Angels' Share. December 30, 2013
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The Angels' Share
Legitimate crowd-pleasing comedies are hard to come by these days.  Too often, audiences are given the latest, greatest Judd Apatow groan-fest or an Eddie Murphy fart-comedy, and we’re told …
reviewed Sanitarium. December 31, 2013
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Ah, the anthology!  Sadly, it’s missing from all of the networks these days, especially as it was designed in its classic format.  Great guest stars.  Separate stories to air each …
reviewed Cassadaga. December 31, 2013
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Don’t believe what your parents tell you, kiddies: horror films are a tough sell.  Of course, they’re usually cheaply made, often times feeling like they’ve been shot on-the-fly …
reviewed The Attack. January 08
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The Attack
I tend to avoid watching most political dramas.  This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy them; rather, because I’m already kinda/sorta set in my convictions and those convictions don’t …
reviewed Dealin' With Idiots. January 08
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Dealin' With Idiots
There are some universally shared experiences in life.  One is birth.  Another is death.  Yet another is paying taxes.  But perhaps the most universally shared experience is that all …
reviewed Jump. January 08
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Ah, the wonderful redemptive qualities of New Year’s Eve!  Who doesn’t want to welcome in the New Year in the arms of a loved one?  Who wouldn’t want to party hearty all night …
reviewed The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle. January 10
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The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle
You would certainly be forgiven if November of 2011’s direct-to-dvd release of Hugh Lofting’s classic tale of human/ animal communication failed to register on your CG feature film radar.  …
reviewed Vikingdom. January 20
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Take note, gentle warriors: highbrow critics have always been quick (and first) to dismiss the validity of the fantasy film.  Why?  Well, there are possibly scores of reasons that range from …
reviewed Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. January 21
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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
I’m ashamed to admit this – mostly because I’m such a huge fan of horror films in general – but I don’t recall seeing the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in theatres.  …
reviewed Garibaldi's Lovers. January 21
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Garibaldi's Lovers
No matter how hard one looks, it’s growing increasingly difficult to find greater character comedies these days.  It would seem – so far as America’s Hollywood is concerned – …
reviewed Captain Phillips. January 23
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Captain Phillips
Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) was taking his American cargo ship on a routine voyage off the coast of Africa, when a small band of armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. While most of the crew stayed …
reviewed Epic. January 23
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Blue Sky Studios rarely receives the type of hype that surrounds Pixar/ Disney or DreamWorks yet if you think about it; these guys were around from the beginning.  Their first big CG feature film …
reviewed Argento's Dracula. January 24
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Argento's Dracula
How revelatory must a film truly be to include the director’s name above the picture’s title?  I suppose the answer will always be, “That depends on the director.”  For …
reviewed The Impossible. January 25
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'The Impossible' Starring Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents who take their three sons to Thailand on vacation where they become victims of the deadly tsunami of 2004.      Every minute of this true …
reviewed The Bling Ring. January 25
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The Bling Ring
"The Bling Ring" is an odd, funny, somewhat artsy film from Sofia Coppolla based on a fascinating Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales titled "The Suspects Wore Louboutins."  …
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