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Ruby Sparks can’t decide what to do with itself

Movie Reviews Ruby Sparks defies easy categorization. That’s not because it’s so original; it isn’t. Writer’s creation comes to life? Definitely seen it before. Its bigger stumbling block is that it can’t decide wh...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Total Recall Redux

Bombastic imagery and slick chase sequences

Movie Reviews I’m not going to talk about the 1990 film Total Recall. The remake should be allowed to stand on its own feet and justify its existence with its own virtues. And for about 40 minutes, it does just t

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Corey Johnson

Riches to Rags

The Queen of Versailles shows the American dream in reverse

Movie Reviews It began its life as a documentary about David and Jacqueline Siegel’s attempt to build the largest single-family home in the US. When the home was half finished, the housing bubble burst and the mo

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 David Riedel

Vote LOL

"The Campaign" is a welcome return to form for Will Ferrell

Movie Reviews Depending on your tastes, Will Ferrell hasn’t played the lead in a truly good comedy since The Other Guys (2010), Blades of Glory (2007) or Anchorman (2004). He’s starred in bad comedies and good

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 David Riedel

Don’t Watch, Whatever You Do

'The Watch' is so bad it’s kind of unbelievable

Movie Reviews 'The Watch,' which was called 'Neighborhood Watch' until the Trayvon Martin shooting, has bigger problems than its title. Here are two...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 David Riedel

Trishna of the d’Urbervilles

Michael Winterbottom’s latest take on Thomas Hardy is flat

Movie Reviews Director Michael Winterbottom takes a hard left from the comedy of The Trip into serious drama (and melodrama) with Trishna, his third Thomas Hardy adaptation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 David Riedel

Bless the Beasts and Children

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a must-see

Movie Reviews Just when it seemed there would be no respite from the glut of bad movies pouring into the multiplexes—and even the indie houses—we may all rejoice. Beasts of the Southern Wild is not only the best movie ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 David Riedel

Verily, He is Risen!

'The Dark Knight Rises' and blows up summer movies

Movie Reviews There’s been griping that The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t reach the heights of The Dark Knight; that the villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), is no Joker, who thrived on chaos and was therefore the scariest bad guy ...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 David Riedel

Rainy Days and Monday used to get him down

Paul Williams: Still Alive is a fun, if slight, documentar

Movie Reviews If you don’t know the name Paul Williams, you’ll recognize his songs. This is the man behind “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “The Rainbow Connection” and Barbra Streisand’s smash, “Evergreen,” to ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 David Riedel

The Youngish Man and the Sea

Josh Lucas is good but 'Hide Away' squanders the Great Lakes

Movie Reviews There’s something romantic about the water. Storytellers have been drawn to it over and over again, and great movies, have resulted—from Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm, to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws a

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 David Riedel
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Morning Word: Soda Tax Campaign Gets Sticky

Morning Word The head of a pro-tax political group is apologizing after distributing a flier that didn't say who paid for the blast. ... More

March 23, 2017 by Matt Grubs


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