• Posts Tagged ‘Rated PG-13’

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    by  • July 9, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Once again, the Spider-Man story has been rebooted. Toby Maguire and the rest of the previous cast are gone, replaced by Andrew Garfield (aka the other guy from the Facebook movie) and a new crop of actors. It's easy to approach this film with resentment -- after all, why retell the Spider-Man origin story...

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    Snow White & The Huntsman

    by  • June 4, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a lot to like about "Snow White and the Huntsman," and a lot to dislike. This grittier take on the familiar fairy tale is likely to divide audiences into those who demand intelligence (or at least not willful stupidity) from movies and those who just want to be taken for a fun ride....

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    Men in Black III

    by  • May 28, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The slogan of all sequels is "the same, but different," and "Men in Black III" succeeds admirably in that department. Thankfully, it seems to have gone back to the 1997 original for inspiration rather than the lackluster "Men in Black II" from 2002. This is a fun, lighthearted, exciting movie fans will love and...

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    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    by  • May 22, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's something uniquely charming to American sensibilities about older British folks. Add to that innate charm an exotic destination (India), a timely topic (outsourcing), and a cast of brilliant character actors, and you are set. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" takes things one step further by going beyond its ingredients to be a deeply...

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    Dark Shadows

    by  • May 14, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Once upon a time, there was a soap opera called "Dark Shadows." I grew up hearing about it, but never saw it myself. I caught the short-lived revival starring Ben Cross, but found it uninspired. Now Tim Burton brings us a film based on the original, with a fabulous cast led by Johnny Depp....

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    The Avengers

    by  • May 8, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "The Avengers" has been a long time coming. Starting with the post-credits scene in 2008's "Iron Man" and through the four following movies ("The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America"), expectations around this film have been building slowly but surely. There was a lot riding on this, and it does not...

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    by  • April 16, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There is a special place in my heart for films that know exactly what they are and set out to fulfill their destiny with utter enthusiasm. "Lockout" is in that class of film. It knows it's a B-movie sci-fi action flick, and has no pretensions otherwise. There's no subtlety here, the film is predictable...

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    by  • April 9, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: David Foenkinos, St├ęphane 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

    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

    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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