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Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

July 23, 2010
Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

Almost six decades of children have grown up with Ramona Quimby, the precocious heroine of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona book series. Ramona and Beezus was published in 1955, but Cleary didn’t flesh out the series until well into the 1970′s.  This new film adaptation is based on Ramona Forever, which was published in 1984. Ramona...
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Movie Review: Best Worst Movie

July 21, 2010
Movie Review: Best Worst Movie

I finally got to view the documentary Best Worst Movie.  Most film types had an opportunity to see it at various festivals last year, and now the movie is showing in limited engagements across the nation. If it comes to your town, see it, immediately. Best Worst Movie is funny, poignant, awkward, endearing, and...
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The Films of John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

July 19, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

After The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre is probably Huston’s most famous film—the two may vie for the title of best known. It’s a great movie in the sense that The Godfather and Casablanca are great movies: memorable characters, rich in themes, steep in action, imminently watchable.  The kind of “old” movie...
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Movie Review: Cyrus

July 16, 2010
Movie Review: Cyrus

Cyrus is the kind of independent movie that makes me love independent movies, so it might seem paradoxical that I don’t want to write this review. I just want to tell you to go directly to your nearest theater and see it, without knowing anything about it beforehand. But I do have to write...
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Movie Review: Inception

July 16, 2010
Movie Review: Inception

I guess statistically speaking, it was bound to happen.  If you see enough movies, eventually you are going to witness a great movie that just doesn’t do it for you.  Such was the case with Inception.  I was poised to love the movie and declare it a cinematic masterpiece, if not one of my...
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Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

July 14, 2010
Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

If you saw the trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and thought to yourself, “YES.  I have been waiting for this.  The team that brought us National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets have made another film starring Nic Cage that looks a bit like Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and I...
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The Films of John Huston: Across the Pacific

July 12, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Across the Pacific

First off, let me admit that I jumped the gun getting to Huston’s war documentaries before covering 1942’s Across the Pacific. But I’m kind of glad I did, because it provides a nice break between Let There Be Light and Treasure of the Sierra Madre—two very intense films. Pacific is much lighter and a...
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Movie Review: I Am Love

July 9, 2010
Movie Review: I Am Love

I Am Love opens with a flurry, as the expertly-trained uniformed staff of an haute-bourgeoisie Milanese manufacturing family prepare for the Christmas season birthday of the leonine patriarch. The family members arrive, each magnificently attired (this being Milan, after all), and the soup (soup playing a crucial part in this film) is ladled from...
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Movie Review: Micmacs

July 9, 2010
Movie Review: Micmacs

It takes a lot to make me sympathize with arms dealers, especially the really ruthless, pure evil ones, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s relentlessly whimsical and quirky Micmacs very nearly succeeds. The movie opens promisingly enough, with a beautifully shot (by Tetsuo Nagata) prologue high in style and speed. As a child Bazil is effectively orphaned...
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Movie Review: Predators

July 8, 2010
Movie Review: Predators

While its 1987 predecessor Predator took its sweet time setting up the action, Predators starts off at breakneck speed, with a man hurtling through air, frantically trying to get his parachute open.  The wind whips around him, and as he plummets toward a certain death, he appears to be a goner. Of course, at...
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