Movie Review

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5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

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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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6:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Movie Review: 21 & Over

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The makers of the Hangover movies have titled their new movie 21 & Over, supposedly because it is about the loss of innocence and gain in adulthood bestowed by one's 21st birthday.

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5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Movie Review: Snitch

What with all the recent gabble about Academy Awards and all, it may seem a little trivial to talk about a little movie like Snitch.

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5:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Movie Review: Amour

Amour is a masterpiece of super-realistic movie making that I can all but promise you will not soon forget, or ever want to see again.

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5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Movie Review: Side Effects

Among more important things, Side Effects is a first-rate mystery of the classic school in which all the clues are out in sight and the solution links everything together into a single coherent story. The story is usually not particularly credible, because crime is more banal than the mystery story form likes to suggest; but it does fit together into a logical pattern with no loose ends. This is a very rare situation these days, on film, and congratulations for it.

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5:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Movie Review: Quartet

I thought Quartet was a short-story movie, like the 1948 classic of Somerset Maugham stories. I was delighted to find that it is one of those multi-starred character studies that the British are so good at, but Americans hardly touch except on television like "Seinfeld," which is famously about nothing.

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5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Movie Review: Parker

Parker is one of those standard violence thrillers, with Jason Statham as one of those heroes who can push a knife blade through the palm of his hand in order to get a grip on the villain, and Michael Chiklis, who can take six bullets in the chest at close range and not even be slowed down.

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5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Movie Review: Mama

Mama is a horror movie that is not a "splatter" movie, which means it does not rely on blood and pain and sadism for its effects, and that's all to its credit. How often do you see a horror movie rated PG-13?

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5:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Those who protest the violence and brutality of the torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty are apparently not familiar with the standards set by current splatter movies like the Saw series. Those who object to the subject itself may not be considering that the government does not deny using torture so much as it denies that it worked.

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5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Movie Review: Promised Land

Promised Land, startting Matt Damon as the agent of the energy company and John Krasinski as the environmentalist, is a fairly good introduction to the "fracking" process of getting natural gas out of the ground, but it falls a bit into the stereotypes of entertainment movies, and seriously dilutes its message about the pros and cons of the fracking process.

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