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Movie Review

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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fans of ballet might be disappointed with "Black Swan," which uses a New York City production of "Swan Lake" as backdrop for a twisted, lurid and controversial psychological thriller.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next" is the third and final film (not counting upcoming American remakes) in the stunning trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling novels.

Larsson's "Hornet's Nest' made many of the 2010 best-of book lists. The movie version belongs on 2010 best-of cinema lists.

"Hornet's Nest" stands alone. You can see it without having seen the two previous films in the series, or having read the books. Flashbacks and recounting narrative bring you up to speed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Disney animation elves have been busy. They've created a holiday treat, a new do for Rapunzel, titled, appropriately enough, "Tangled."

You're probably familiar with the story of Rapunzel, a teen locked away in a tower by an evil witch. And her hair grows and grows and grows. In this version, Rapunzel is rescued not by a prince, but a bandit, albeit one who makes good.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The concept of compound interest is enshrined in American cinema, notably director Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946), in which Jimmy Stewart single-handedly saves the Building and Loan he operates in Bedford Falls from the clutches of Mr. Potter.

"Inside Job" is no "It's A Wonderful Life."