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Movie Review

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."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Harry Potter" movies span a generation and nearly a decade, beginning with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001.

If you' re a fan of the movie and author J. K. Rowling's books about Hogwarts and its students and associated wizardry, the latest and seventh big screen release, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is a must-see.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"He's a real nowhere man,

Sitting in his nowhere land,

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody."

While the lyrics to "Nowhere Man" are attributed to The Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it's widely held that the song was written mainly by Lennon, who sang lead vocals on the 1966 No. 3 Billboard chart hit from the album "Rubber Soul" ("Yesterday and Today" in the United States' release).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The big question in moviegoers' minds about the animated feature film, "Megamind," is whether or not to see the movie in 3-D.

While there are certain scenes where 3-D enhances the visuals, paying a premium to see "Megamind" in 3-D is not necessary.

"Megamind" features the voice talents of Will Ferrell as Megamind, the Evil Overlord; Tina Fey as Roxanne, a TV news reporter; Jonah Hill as Hal, a TV cameraman Megamind transforms into arch enemy, Tighten; Brad Pitt as Metro Man, a superhero good guy; and David Cross as Minion, Megamind's sidekick.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Woody Allen's films arrive in theaters each year with the predictability of the falling leaves.

There was an epiphany while viewing Woody Allen's latest, "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger." For while the leaves change color, Allen's films do not always.

Allen, who wrote 64 films, directed 46 films, acted in 40 films (but not "Stranger") and has "Midnight in Paris" in post-production, basically does stand-up comedy with pictures.