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Movie Review

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the cinema discovery of the 2012 summer movie season.

"Moonrise Kingdom" captures youthful summer vacation adventures. It's a rare cinema experience you don't want to end and could see again and again.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is a throwback to 1980's cinema: the pre-teen world view of "Stand By Me"(1986); the rambunctiousness of "Raising Arizona" (1987); and the charm of "A Christmas Story" (1983), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Princess Bride" (1987). It's "The Wonder Years" (1988) with twists.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus created mankind. He was learned in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation, medicine and metallurgy. According to myth, in a dispute with Zeus, god of all gods, Prometheus gave fire to mankind.

It is not known whether Prometheus gave movies to mankind. For that we have 19th century myth-makers, the Lumiere brothers of France (1895), and Thomas A. Edison of the United States (1891) to thank.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fans of "Men in Black" are in on the jokes in "Men in Black 3."

The jokes are plentiful in "MIB 3," which cleverly weaves its time-travel plot in with 1969 events, places and personages, including the launch of Apollo 11, which landed NASA astronauts on the moon, at then Cape Kennedy and pop icon Andy Warhol and his happenings at The Factory.

"MIB 3" is an entertaining summer popcorn movie which boasts a spot-on performance by Josh Brolin as the young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones, who also appears in the movie in contemporary scenes).

Friday, June 8, 2012

One month into the summer movie season, it's safe to go back into the movie theater.

It's adult swim with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," already an Oscars contender.

The wonderful, life-affirming, delicious comedy regales us with seven retired English men and women lured to the resort of their brochure dreams, which leaves a lot to the imagination once they arrive in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The comedy and life lessons in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" are not unexpected.

The romantic-comedy, directed by Kirk Jones ("Everybody's Fine," "Nanny McPhee," "Waking Ned Devine"), is based on the best-selling nonfiction self-help book by Heidi Murkoff with a screenplay by Shauna Cross ("Whip It") and Heather Hach ("Freaky Friday," TV's "Legally Blonde: The Musical").