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Movie Review

Monday, September 26, 2011

"I Don't Know How She Does It" is an entertaining romantic comedy more of a drama with comedy.

Sarah Jessica Parker plays Kate, a high-powered Boston investment firm executive married to Richard (a fine Greg Kinnear), an architect whose career has just taken an upward turn.

Kate's boss (Kelsey Grammer) assigns her to a new account, which requires additional domestic travel, especially to New York City to meet with the prospective client, Jack (a charming Pierce Brosnan).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Sarah's Key" is a film that ranges from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other.

It's an important film that, despite a parallel story line that dips into melodrama, should not be missed.

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Julia, a contemporary American journalist living in Paris where she works for a magazine. She investigates the little-known expulsion of some 13,000 Jews to Nazi death camps.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The fall Oscar nominee season has started early with a little help from "The Help."

Look for a best actress Oscar nomination for Viola Davis ("Doubt") for her extraordinary performance as Aibileen Clark, a thoughtful maid in Jackson, Miss., during the Civil Rights Movement.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

If you're curious about the origins of hip hop and rap music, "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a good place to start.

The engaging film provides insight into the creative tensions, personality clashes and business and personal decisions that are part of professional music careers.

The documentary film is directed by Michael Rapaport, an actor perhaps best known as Frank on TV's "My Name is Earl" and a teacher on "Boston Public," and the boxer in Woody Allen's feature film, "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), in his big-screen directorial debut.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

You may be familiar with the popular movie, "The Horse Whisperer," a 1998 fictional feature movie directed by and starring Robert Redford.

The documentary film, "Buck," a Sundance film festival audience winner, takes a look at the man behind the mythology of the horse whisperer.

Buck Brannaman is no myth. But he is legendary. No less than Robert Redford, who is interviewed in "Buck," marvels at his technique.

Brannaman apparently was the inspiration for Nicholas Sparks' "Horse Whisperer" novel and was a consultant for the movie version.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Captain America: The First Avenger" is an entertaining addition to the Marvel Comics universe. It's possibly the best among the offerings since "Iron Man."

Director Joe Johnson ("Jurassic Park III," "October Sky," "The Rocketeer," "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids") captures the flavor of the World War II era when Steve Rogers is transformed into Captain America.

Johnson has a knack for period pieces, especially those of the pre- and circa World War II era. "Captain America" has a warm sepia tone. The sense for the first part of the movie is that of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"The Music Never Stopped" is based on a case study of Dr. Oliver Sacks, physician, author and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Sacks wrote "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" (1995); "Awakenings" (1990), which became an Oscar-nominated movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro; and "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain" (2007), basis for a PBS-TV "Nova" series show.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's said that three times is the charm. If that's true, then the third, and supposedly final, in the trilogy, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," is the best of the series.

The third "Transformers" is not only a summer blockbuster, it is a summer movie event.

If you intend to see "Transformers" in the Imax 3-D format, you might want to make a reservation.

Several of the screenings sold out opening day at an area multiplex.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Cars 2" takes its audience for a ride. That's not necessarily a good thing.

The sequel lacks the charm of the 2006 original animated feature. It borrows standard plot devices and smashes them together in an attempt to take a, ahem, different turn.

The Pixar Animation looks great. The spiffy polish of the cars (and the rust on the tow truck, Tow Mater, as well), the renderings of glass, trees, inflatable promotional balloons, road surfaces well, just about everything is remarkable.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Green Lantern" "The Green Hornet," "X-Men," "Thor."

Welcome to this summer's edition of comic book superheroes at the cinema.

It's all a blur. The 3-D glasses didn't help.

"Green Lantern" is based on the DC Comics character first introduced in 1940. DC revived the Green Lantern comic book in 1959 and again in 1970 and plans a relaunch in the fall.