• Posts Tagged ‘Wonderful’

    Black Panther

    by  • March 13, 2018 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Ryan Coogler Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker Rated: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture Marvel Studios debuted their Cinematic Universe (referred to as the MCU) ten years ago with “Iron Man.”...

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    by  • December 16, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Keen McRae Rated: R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language Cheryl Strayed is known on two axes: her popular advice column / essay column under the nom de plume “Sugar,” and her fiction writing under her own name. When her memoir...

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    Big Hero 6

    by  • November 24, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams Starring: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell Rated: PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements. There are a couple of primary themes in “Big Hero 6,” Disney’s latest CGI kids’ adventure...

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    The Drop

    by  • September 16, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam Rated: R for some strong violence and pervasive language Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz There’s a subgenre of crime films that linger over their characters, whose plots move slowly at first, but gradually become increasingly tense until the final confrontation is not only...

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Fans of Middle-Earth, rejoice! A new movie is out, ready to take you to that land of Elves, Hobbits, and Dwarves. It’s also making use of the new high frame-rate technology available for 3D projection, so if you’re a film tech nerd, it’s doubly exciting. This isn’t a non-stop action thriller, of course; as...

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    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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    by  • October 2, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Looper"

    Time travel is hard to handle well in fiction: it leads to paradox, weird philosophical discussions, and massive plot holes as often as not. Thankfully, "Looper" wisely gives us a firm footing to anchor our suspension of disbelief, tips its hat politely at the inevitable issues, and gets on with the business of telling...

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    Sleepwalk With Me

    by  • September 4, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    First, in the interests of full disclosure: I am a huge Mike Birbiglia fan, and have been for years. His blend of self-deprecating humor and spot-on social (and occasionally political) commentary make him one of my favorite stand-up comedians working today. I've been looking forward to this movie since I first heard about it....

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    by  • August 28, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Chris Butler, Sam Fell Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Goodman Rated: PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language Laika, the studio behind stop-motion hit “Coraline,” have done it again with “ParaNorman,” another tale of a child who doesn’t fit...

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    by  • July 2, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    It seems like just about every movie whose protagonist is a young woman has to have a love interest for her. In some cases (Disney, I'm looking at you), the young woman's entire adventure revolves entirely around getting her man. Not exactly inspiring for young girls who are more interested in adventures than in...

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