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Movie Review

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The envelope, please.

That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.

The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.

Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Safety Not Guaranteed" is a hybrid film. It's part indie film, part "mumble-core" and part science fiction.

The film, while it doesn't always work, is a charmer, mostly for its off-hand, casual and sometimes clunky screenplay, directing and acting.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.

You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?

In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.

Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had sent a young girl they believed to be a witch to her doom 300 years ago in 1712.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.

Plus, it's darn funny.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.

Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.

Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What I recall after seeing "Total Recall" are weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases, and more weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases and more weapons.

If I sound like a broken record it's because I am mirroring the images and impressions of "Total Recall," a reimagining, or reboot in simple words, a remake of the 1990 movie that starred Arnold Schwarznegger, based on author Philip K. Dick's "We Remember It For You Wholesale."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

One of the pleasures of summer movie-going is discovering a less-trumpeted movie amidst the summer blockbusters.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one such film.

The film's intriguing title reveals little. Even after seeing the film, you may not be able to describe what you have seen. However, you will know you've had an extraordinary film-going experience.

"Beasts" tells the story of six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané "Nazie" Wallis), a motherless child. The parenting skills of her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), border on child abuse.

Monday, August 6, 2012

"The Dark Knight Rises" ("TDKR") is dark in tone, content and philosophy.

It's difficult to set aside the abominable July 19 shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater "TDKR" midnight screening. That horrific event shouldn't keep you from seeing "TDKR."

"TDKR," third in writer-director Christopher Nolan's trilogy, itself should keep you away.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is appropriately titled.

This is one swinging "Spider-Man," especially if you see the Marvel Comics-based movie in the Imax 3D format.

Spider-Man's web-spinning and zinging from skyscraper to skyscraper is a sight to behold.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" has several sequences which are tantamount to an aerial ballet.

As for other aspects of "The Amazing Spider-Man" not so amazing.

The storyline utilizes the oft-used mad scientist turned monster plot.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Much has been made that with "Brave," a Disney animated feature for the first time has a strong female protagonist.

What about "The Little Mermaid"?

What about "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"?

Well, there were those seven dwarfs hanging around.

The difference here is that in "Brave" the young damsel is no "Cinderella" waiting for or seeking her Prince.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Writer-director Woody Allen's latest film, "To Rome With Love," rewrites that sage advice, to wit: When in Rome, do as the Americans do.

Allen has assembled an international cast for the generically-titled "To Rome With Love" (not to be confused with the 1969 - ' 71 TV show starring John Forsythe), his latest romp through European capitals following, "Midnight In Paris" (2011), which grossed $56,473,065 and received an original screenplay Oscar.