• Posts Tagged ‘Good’

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    by  • March 12, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Making what is essentially a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time is a risky business. “Oz, The Great and Powerful” gives us the story of how the titular wizard in “The Wizard of Oz” got to where he is when Dorothy meets him. It’s not a perfect film by...

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    Killing Them Softly

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Sometimes watching a movie is sort of like watching a train wreck in slow motion, as if a child has set up a train set so that several trains will all smash into each other. “Killing Them Softly” is a movie like that. We know from the moment we meet most of the characters...

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    Rise of the Guardians

    by  • November 27, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Kids movies that take the time and trouble to be enjoyable by and accessible to grownups have a special place in my heart, especially when they’re fairly smart and creatively designed. “Rise of the Guardians” falls into this camp, and I enjoyed the first hour and twenty minutes enough to forgive the last ten...

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    Argo

    by  • October 15, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Hollywood loves making movies about movies, especially ones that mock the film industry. Make one that's a movie about a fake movie and a period piece to boot, and you have a winner. That winner is "Argo," which tells the story of how the CIA teamed up with Hollywood and the Canadian government to...

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    The Bourne Legacy

    by  • August 14, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Jason Bourne is familiar to folks who love movies about international intrigue, spies, and highly-trained assassins. Matt Damon brought us the amnesiac operative in three films, tracing Bourne's journey as he recovered from near-drowning, got some of his memory back, and confronted his creators at the CIA. "The Bourne Legacy" brings us a new...

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    Magic Mike

    by  • July 17, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    If all you know about "Magic Mike" is that it's a movie about male strippers, you are in for a surprise. Firstly, the film is loosely based on star Channing Tatum's life as an exotic dancer before he became a model and then an actor. Secondly, at heart it's a story about a man...

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    Delicacy

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Directed by: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos Starring: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Melanie Bernier, Josephine de Meaux, Pio Marmai Rated: PG-13 for some strong language

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    The Hunger Games

    by  • March 26, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Firstly, a confession: I have not read "The Hunger Games" books. This is actually something of an advantage, going into a movie adaptation without knowledge of the original material, because I can't be disappointed by bad versions of favorite scenes or saved from confusion by having read the book. Unfortunately, it means I can't...

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    John Carter

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    Disney has a knack for producing movies that aren't terribly demanding, but are very entertaining for kids of all ages, including grown-up ones. "John Carter," loosely adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "A Princess of Mars," is just such a flick. If you're the kind of person who can't set aside science and...

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    Safe House

    by  • February 13, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    There's a certain pleasure in seeing a familiar job done well with a slightly new mix of tools, and that's just what "Safe House" is. There's not much new about this CIA double-cross story, but the setting, actors, cinematography, and story details are a new combination, and it's enjoyable watching familiar gears mesh and...

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