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Brutal mob crime drama is skillfully told

“Killing Them Softly” (R, Now avail.) Going back to 1903's "The Great Train Robbery," cinematic history has been full of films about criminals. These movies take us into a world that most of us (for good reason) will never know...

 

Quirky but understandable characters in ‘Playbook’

“Silver Linings Playbook” (R, Avail. 4/30) A few years ago a video from the set of "I Heart Huckabees" found its way onto YouTube. It featured writer-director David O. Russell exploding into rage on actress Lily Tomlin. This was...

 

Unlikely bond fills touching movie

“The Intouchables” (R, Now avail.) It's not often that I can label a film as having universal appeal. Just looking at some of my favorite films of last year ("Killing Them Softly,” “The Master”), it's clear that while I...

 

Bob Awards for 2012

Art Direction: “Wreck-It Ralph” â Ian Gooding Cinematography: “The Dark Knight Rises” â Wally Pfister Costume Design: “Django Unchained” â Sharen Davis Film Editing: “Killing Them Softly” â Brian A. Kates...

 

Bob Award nominations are in

Yes, it is that time again. Time for the unveiling of the Bob Award nominations. For those of you unfamiliar with these, I started doing this a few years ago as a way to stop complaining about what the Academy gets wrong every year. Of course I...

 

Film about psychopaths is tinged with brilliance

Seven Psychopaths (R, Avail. 1/29) Marty (Colin Farrell) is a Hollywood screenwriter having difficulty with his newest script, which he's titled "Seven Psychopaths." As he explains to his best friend, dognapper and struggling actor Billy...

 

Character choices make time travel film compelling

“Looper” (R, Now Avail.) In 2074- thirty years after the advent of time travel- when the mafia wants someone dead they send them back to the past, to be killed by assassins called loopers who can dispose of the body "that technically...

 

Baseball movie not quite a homerun

"Trouble with the Curve" (PG-13, Avail. 12/18) Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been a long time scout for the Atlanta Braves, even going back to their days in Milwaukee. He scouted and signed the likes of Henry Aaron, Dale Murphy, Tom...

 

Satisfying end to Batman trilogy now on DVD

"The Dark Knight Rises" (PG-13, Avail. 12/4) Eight years have passed since the death of Gotham's "white knight," District Attorney Harvey Dent. It was on that night that Bruce Wayne decided that Batman should take the blame for...

 

Moonshiners' tale could use more spirit

"Lawless" (R, Avail. 11/27) Moonshiners were an integral piece of the American story during the 1920s and early '30s. During Prohibition these scofflaw "entrepreneurs" kept booze freely flowing across America. In Franklin County,...

 

Scottish heroine's tale misfires

Brave (PG, Avail. 11/13) While princess stories have been a long tradition at Disney, Pixar had never told one of its own until now. Naturally, they would do things a little bit differently but in a way that the Disney fingerprint would clearly be...

 

Strange film, even for Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13, Avail. 10/16) Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a Wes Anderson fan. I've enjoyed all six of his films and consider "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" to be about as perfect as movies get. A...

 

Prequel comes close to 'Alien' perfection

"Prometheus" (R, Avail. 10/9) 33 years ago Ridley Scott directed the sci-fi horror classic "Alien," which grew into one of the most massively popular franchises in film history. Now, Scott gives us "Prometheus," a new en...

 

Superhero movie lives up to its hype

The Avengers (PG-13, Avail. 9/25) For the past few years I have been annoyed by "The Avengers." The need to set the stage for it found the makers of "Iron Man 2,"...

 

Elderly focus doesn't save this film

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (PG-13, Avail. 9/18) In film the elderly tend to get about as much focus as they do in life. They're often marginalized, even belittled by younger generations, intentionally or unintentionally. With...

 

Preachy Dr. Seuss pic just doesn't click

"The Lorax" (PG, Now Avail.) I knew I was in trouble during the opening song of "The Lorax." It stunk with the kind of smug preachiness that never goes over well for me. "Will the whole movie be like this?" I asked...

 

Bleak futuristic setting produces a film with heart

The Hunger Games (PG-13, Avail. 8/14) For those of you like me, who have not read the wildly popular Suzanne Collins novel, "The Hunger Games" is the story of a teenage girl sparking a second uprising against an oppressive government in a d...

 

A legend retires but his legacy lives on

"I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!" shouts Alan Swann near the end of 1982's "My Favorite Year." That may have been true of the character, but the movie star who played him was an actor. Perhaps the greatest of actors. As his 80...

 

French cop film breaks out of norm

Polisse (Now available On Demand) For me there's just nothing quite like a great cop movie. Truly great ones, however, can be difficult to come by. In a subgenre with so many entries, how often do you really see something unique? What is notable...

 

Artistic Oscar winner comes to DVD

"The Artist" (PG-13, Avail. 6/26) Six years ago, watching the brilliant French comedy "OSS 117," I discovered an actor who displayed more comic talent in his eyebrows than most act...

 

Cops and--drummers

"Sound of Noise" (R, Available soon) The cop film, while being one of my favorite genres, rarely yields true originality anymore. But this highly inventive Swedish comedy takes the cop film in a direction we've never seen--or...

 

Real-life action more compelling than dialogue

Act of Valor (R, Avail. 6/5) Going into this unique film, I knew that it starred real active duty Navy Seals. This would mean it would have spectacular action sequences, the likes of which we've never seen before. It also meant that I would lower my...

 

Tale of 'Borrowers' gets thoughtful telling

The Secret World of Arrietty (G, Avail 5/22) - Studio Ghibli is considered by some to be the Pixar of Japan (or is Pixar the American Studio Ghibli?). Its films, comprised mainly of the work of Hayao Miyazaki, have dazzled children and adults around...

 

Return of BBC series is cause for celebration

"Sherlock": Season 2 (Premieres on PBS Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m.) For over a century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant sleuth Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by a countless number of actors on film and television. Like virtually every...

 

British PM's story gets a once-over-lightly treatment

"The Iron Lady" (PG-13, Now avail.) I had my doubts about this biopic about controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. For one, I suspected the film industry's liberal bent would equal outright vilification of Thatcher rather t...

 

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