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@#$% Fox News

05/14/2017 00:04:00 AM

The existence of Fox News has long been an annoyance--sort of like a pebble in one's shoe. Unfortunately, the collective ignorance fostered by the "news" network has had catastrophic results: the election of the colossally incompetent Trump.Trump ...

The Avengers

05/12/2012 00:42:00 AM

I am not a comic book (excuse me--"graphic novel") or superhero aficionado. I've seen the first Iron Man, but skipped its sequel (which introduced Nick Fury and the Black Widow) as well as The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, etc. So ...

The Raven

05/02/2012 20:03:00 PM

I saw this flick last Friday even after seeing the sad Rotten Tomatoes rating. I thought, "Heck, they trashed Anonymous (another period piece) and that wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be, so maybe they're wrong about The ...

The Hunger Games

04/30/2012 19:56:00 PM

I always feel like when I see a movie adapted from a book I've never read, I'll be missing out. Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans of the series (most of whom feel that Gary Ross' take is a fairly faithful adaptation), ...

Coming Attractions Spring/Summer 2012

03/27/2012 13:30:00 PM

With all the movies I've been going to lately, I've gotten an unusually large dose of "coming attractions." Not that I mind--in some cases I find the trailers to be the most enjoyable part of the movie-going experience. In some cases, I'd ...

21 Jump Street

03/25/2012 16:59:00 PM

This movie version of the once popular 80s TV show would have seemed to be another indication that Hollywood is indeed out of new ideas. But I could tell from the trailer, that instead of updating the original show (which itself was a ripoff ...

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

03/20/2012 14:43:00 PM

"High concept" is Hollywood-ese for movies that can be summed up in a single sentence. It's usually reserved for blockbusters like Die Hard which became its own shorthand for high concept with the numerous copycats that followed it being described ...

Friends with Kids

03/15/2012 23:35:00 PM

In Friends with Kids, Jennifer Westfeldt's adorably neurotic Jessica Stein-esque character is still single with loudly ticking biological clock. So, she and BFF Jason Fryman (Adam Scott) decide to forgo the unhappily ever after route taken ...

Wanderlust

03/10/2012 23:18:00 PM

Given a choice between a serious Oscar-worthy drama and a mindless comedy, I'll generally choose the comedy. I've seen enough dark and depressing fare to last a lifetime. After catching the trailer for the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston vehicle ...

A Salute to Sidekicks

03/07/2012 23:04:00 PM

A common trope in TV shows is that of the plucky hero/heroine and their intrepid sidekick. There's Batman and Robin, Ralph and Ed, Lucy and Ethel. In most cases, the sidekick is willing to dwell faithfully in the shadow of their confederate. ...

Big Miracle

02/20/2012 22:05:00 PM

In the footsteps (fin strokes?) of movies like "Free Willy" comes this "inspired by a true story" tale of three California gray whales trapped by ice in upper Alaska. Yes, it's largely predictable as far as outcome. Yes, the all-star cast (John ...