• Posts Tagged ‘Historical’

    Lincoln

    by  • November 19, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Abraham Lincoln is one of our most beloved presidents, and an incredibly complex figure. Steven Spielberg’s new film wisely focuses only on the last four months of the man’s life, and still has more than enough material to fill the film’s two and a half hours. This is a powerhouse of a movie, and...

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    The Raven

    by  • April 30, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "The Raven" is one of those movies that never quite seems to figure out what it wants to be. Is it a gothic thriller, all period costumes and hushed terror? Is it a splatter movie, like so many modern horror films? Is it a black comedy? A silly, over-the-top piece of camp? Sure, plenty...

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    The Woman in Black

    by  • February 7, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Hammer Productions was synonymous with horror movies once upon a time. The brought us "The Horror of Dracula," "Twins of Terror," "The Devil Rides Out," and scores of others. They've made a comeback in recent years, bringing us "Let Me In," "Wake Wood," and "The Resident." Now, with "The Woman in Black," they bring...

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    A Dangerous Method

    by  • January 10, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: David Cronenberg Starring: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen Rated: R for sexual content and brief language The birth of psychoanalysis was as painful and difficult as most births seem to be -- but it involved several people rather than one surrounded by midwives and caretakers. The fraught relationships between Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung,...

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    J. Edgar

    by  • November 15, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by Clint Eastwood Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Judy Dench, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts Rated: R for brief strong language J. Edgar Hoover was the face of the FBI for decades, the man who fought against gangsters, kidnappers, and bank robbers, who gave us the FBI as we know it today. "J. Edgar" is an awkward, uncomfortable film...

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    Moneyball

    by  • September 27, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Bennett Miller Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop Rated: PG-13 for some strong language A movie about the pioneering use of cost-benefit analysis in baseball shouldn't be exciting, but somehow, "Moneyball" is. It traces the efforts of general manager Billy Beane to turn around the failing Oakland...

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