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Movie Review

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"The Adjustment Bureau" accomplishes a nifty trick: It turns a potentially dry treatise on free will versus fate into an action film.

We have novelist Philip K. Dick, who wrote the short story, "Adjustment Team," on which the screenplay is based, to thank for that.

"The Adjustment Bureau" posits the ultimate in conspiracy theories, with the Bureau an FBI or CIA of cosmic chiropractors who adjust one's fate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Blue Valentine" is yet another example of Hollywood de-glamming for an Oscar.

The Oscar hunt here takes place in the semi-hinterlands of Pennsylvania namely, Carbondale, Lackawanna County, and Honesdale, Wayne County.

On the hunt for an Oscar is Michelle Williams, nominated for an actress Oscar for her role in "Blue Valentine," as an emotionally-conflicted mother and wife.

Alas, the Oscar went to this year's uber-favorite Natalie Portman for her role in "Black Swan" as an even more psychologically-troubled young woman.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The ironically-titled "Biutiful," a foreign film Oscar nominee, has an actor Oscar-nominated, note-perfect performance by Javier Bardem.

Bardem (supporting actor Oscar winner, 2007's "No Country for Old Men") submerges his devastating handsomeness to portray a man facing a fatal disease, life-threatening and spirit-crushing poverty in the back streets of contemporary Barcelona, Spain.

This is not the sunny Barcelona of Woody Allen's 2008 glib comedy, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," in which Bardem also starred.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"The Eagle" is a compelling swords and sandals adventure movie based on a legendary story with solid direction, acting and action.

The movie is directed by Kevin Macdonald, who directed the acclaimed "The King of Scotland" (2006), for which Forest Whitaker received an actor Oscar.

Jeremy Brock ("The Last King of Scotland") wrote the screenplay, based on the novel, "The Eagle of the Ninth" by Rosemary Sutcliff.

"The Eagle," while it has action aplenty, is thankfully without a lot of graphic violence in its four major battle scenes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Will the internet trump the radio star?

That's the question with Oscar frontrunners "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech."

The 83rd Academy Awards will be presented at 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood and telecast on ABC-TV.

"The King's Speech" leads nominees with 12 Oscar nominations. "True Grit" is next with 10 nominations. "Inception" received eight.

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Fighter" is a raw, heartfelt and inspirational drama based on the true professional boxing careers of "The Pride of Lowell," Dicky Eckland (Christian Bale), a Massachusetts fighter who descended into becoming a crack addict, and his younger half-brother, "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), who rose to become the 2000 World Boxing Union light welterweight champion.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Starring in the Hallmark Original Movie "Smooch," which airs Saturday, Feb.5 on the Hallmark Channle, are Kellie Martin, Keith Christian, and 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka.

The Hallmark Channel has three original movie in its "Countdown to Valentine's Day."

"A Valentine's Day" starring Elisa Donovan airs at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, "Smooch" will be aired at 9 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m., "Accidentally In Love" airs.

"A Valentine's Date" is about a single mother who hopes to find out there's more to life than just raising her kid and sparring with her ex.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cool car.

That is the major take-away from "The Green Hornet."

Seth Rogen is cool, too.

"The Green Hornet" is entertaining in a way that should please fans of Rogen, cool cars and action films.

Is "The Green Hornet" entertaining enough to pay the premium to see it in 3-D?

Probably not, since, as with the car that the Green Hornet (Rogen) and Kato (Jay Chou) tool around in, the film's 3-D has after-market additions. The film's end credits list "3-D Enhancements."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's another Coen Brothers' classic and a western, to boot.

Writers-Directors Ethan and Joel Coen have made a classic western or, rather, remade, a classic western, "True Grit."

The Coens' film stands alone, and, as with their best, is one that can be appreciated again and again.

t's not the first time the Coens have remade a cinematic classic. Their "Ladykillers" (2004) was a remake of the 1955 British classic that starred Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Little Fockers" is a well-intentioned comedy that, true to its title, lands the little laughs, if not the big ones.

The title refers to the girl and boy twins of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). In the storyline for the movie, the children are not much more than titular.

The third installment is more about the "Big Fockers," mainly Greg and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), and their control, as well as their out-of-control, issues.