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The Great Gatsby is so good that I am required to give up my dislike of writer-director Baz Luhrmann for his William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, because in The Great Gatsby Luhrmann forgets about calling attention to himself and devotes himself to his material, and comes as close to doing justice to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel as I expect any movie director ever can.

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Every so often, my duties to the general public force me to suffer through a movie I would ordinarily not-- and Iron Man 3 is an action movie, a borderline science fiction movie, and a special-effects movie, any one of which would ordinarily save me my movie dollar. So don't expect my comments here to do justice to Iron Man 3.

Movie Review: Mud

May 2, 2013
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Mud is a first-rate little drama of life among the lower classes, a little like Winter's Bone, and maybe a good deal more subtle than it seems at first glance.

Movie Review: Oblivion

Apr 25, 2013
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Friday's "Go!" section in the Eagle said some things so generic to current movies that I have half a mind to make a rubber stamp of it to use as a template for future reviews.

Movie Review: Trance

Apr 18, 2013

Even with a little help from some people in the audience, I'm not sure I can say that Trance makes complete sense.

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The Croods is a quite enjoyable animation that might have been a little better if it had made up its mind what it wanted to do and worked a little harder to avoid repetition.

Movie Review: Emperor

Apr 4, 2013
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Emperor is a blown-opportunity movie, which purports to be about General Douglas MacArthur's decision whether to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes in the wake of World War II.

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Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

Movie Review: The Call

Mar 21, 2013
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The Call does, as accused, turn in the end from a first-rate police procedural about how the 911 emergency system operates into a story of first-person heroics by Halle Berry.

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Oz the Great and Powerful is a fun movie not unworthy to be a successor-- as a prequel-- to the great MGM movie of 1939. It isn't as good as The Wizard of Oz, but what is?

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