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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
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Friday November 8th, 2013
While American film icon Steve McQueen was known for fast cars and great escapes, a British director by the same name has become recognized for slow films and desperate circumstances. It was therefore logical to see him tackle 12 Years a Slave, based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a…More
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel
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Monday June 17th, 2013
Man of Steel attempts to do for the Superman story what Christopher Nolan accomplished with his Dark Knight trilogy.  Where Joel Schumacher reduced the source material to pure camp, Nolan injected a dark sophistication by grounding the mythology in some plausibility and pathos. The superman story is higher hanging fruit however…More
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
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Saturday February 9th, 2013
Apparently David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg decided to see other people. After collaborating previously on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter it was probably time.  Yet at one point Dorchester’s Marky mark was slated to play the lead in Silver Linings Playbook, a film adapted from the…More
Eastwood's RNC Speach and Directorial Honesty
Monday September 3rd, 2012
A lot of people have given Clint Eastwood grief for the manner in which he delivered his message at the RNC this past week.  Count me in the minority of those who thought his delivery was just fine but that take issue with the substance of his message. As a film fan it goes without saying that I admire and respect Eastwood for his work on screen and behind the camera. …More
 Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises
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Monday August 6th, 2012
Have you ever tried to build a house of cards?  With each successive story the house becomes less and less stable.  That is sort of the way I feel about sequels - especially since Hollywood feels obligated to outdo itself at the expense of the overall structure. For its part, The…More
Moonrise Kingdom
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Sunday June 10th, 2012
If you like Wes Anderson you will love his new film Moonrise Kingdom, but you might find it a little derivative.  There isn’t a lot of new territory here, but there are quite a few new players and that alone might be worth the cost of admission. As with many of…More
Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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Friday June 1st, 2012
Rooney Mara's Giants have won the super bowl, but championship rings pail in comparison to the Lizbeth Cup. That is, the coveted award given by me to the better Dragon Tattoo film.  Having recently streamed the Swedish version I thought I would do a Sports Illustrated style comparison with the…More
Samuel L. Jackson and Ruth Negga in The Samaritan
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Sunday May 27th, 2012
Samuel L Jackson is best known for having smaller parts in enormously successful franchise films including Iron Man, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars.  He may even have been one of the blue people in Avatar?  Check IMDB. He is less recognized for subtler performances like those given in Black Snake Moan,…More
Stanley Tucci & Jennifer Lawrenece in The Hunger Games
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Saturday March 31st, 2012
Within 20 minutes of the opening of The Hunger Games I wanted to puke. Was it the sushi? No it was the handheld cinematography employed throughout much of the film. A creative choice, and as such I respect director Gary Ross and cinematographer Tom Stern for making it. Yet I still…More
Ryan Gosling in Ides of March
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Sunday February 26th, 2012
The Ides of March might look like it has something to say about our politics, but it is much more a commentary on our nature as a species.  Which is to say it is not always the most uplifting film, but if you are willing to sit through a study…More

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