Blue Valentine (Review)
Dec29

Blue Valentine (Review)

BLUE VALENTINE (12/29/10; Drama) Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, John Doman, Maryann Plunkett SCR: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis DIR: Derek Cianfrance MPAA: R for strong graphic sexual content, language and a beating. 2 hours BOX: $9,691,675 This searing low-budget drama is a difficult film to get warm and fuzzy about. It cuts so deep and frustrates on so many intimate levels, most of us would rather just...

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Grown Ups (Review)
Dec25

Grown Ups (Review)

GROWN UPS (6/25/10; Comedy) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek Pinault, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph SCR: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf DIR: Dennis Dugan MPAA: PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity. 1 hour 42 mins BOX: $162,001,186 Fortysomthings reunite to honor their middle school coach after he passes away. Of course, that feeble...

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Country Strong (Review)
Dec22

Country Strong (Review)

COUNTRY STRONG (12/22/10; Drama, Music) Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, Garrett Hedlund SCR/DIR: Shana Feste MPAA: PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content. 1 hour 52 mins BOX: $19,817,182 Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, an alcoholic wreck of a country singer recently sprung from rehab by her manager-husband James (McGraw). She’s been seeing rising performer Beau (Hedlund) on the side; and...

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Gulliver’s Travels (Reviews)
Dec22

Gulliver’s Travels (Reviews)

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (12/22/10; Comedy, Fantasy) Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate, Chris O’Dowd SCR: Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller DIR: Rob Letterman MPAA: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action. 1 hour 25 mins BOX: $42,607,452 (US), $169,800,691 (Oveseas) God-awful opus uses the title of Swift’s classic novel and its most famous section (Gulliver’s adventures in...

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And Soon the Darkness (Review)
Dec17

And Soon the Darkness (Review)

AND SOON THE DARKNESS (12/17/10; Thriller) Karl Urban, Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Gia Mantegna, Adriana Barraza, Michel Noher SCR: Marcos Efron, Jennifer Derwingson DIR: Marcos Efron MPAA: Rated R for some violence and brief torture. 1 hour 31 mins Two beautiful American girls are separated, while vacationing in Argentina, but not after attracting attention because, well, Yustman’s kind of a loud whore. They miss a bus, find a spot...

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How Do You Know (Review)
Dec17

How Do You Know (Review)

HOW DO YOU KNOW (12/17/10; Romantic Comedy) Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson SCR/DIR: James L. Brooks MPAA: PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language. 1 hour 56 mins BOX: $30,212,620 Witherspoon is a career softball player kicked off the team because she’s 31. Rudd is a recently-dumped financial whiz being set up by his bastard tycoon father (Nicholson) to take a legal fall. After a blind date with...

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Casino Jack (Review)
Dec17

Casino Jack (Review)

CASINO JACK (12/17/10; Comedy, Drama) Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Graham Greene, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle Lefevre, Maury Chaykin / SCR: Norman Snider DIR: George Hickenlooper MPAA: R for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity. 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $857,000 Ripped-from-the-headlines satire recounts the tale of disgraced Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, played with gusto by Spacey. If you...

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Crazy Heart (Reviews)
Dec15

Crazy Heart (Reviews)

CRAZY HEART (12/16/09; Drama, Music) Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Beth Grant SCR: Scott Cooper; based on the novel by Thomas Cobb DIR: Scott Cooper MPAA: R for language and brief sexuality. 1 hour 52 minutes BOX: $39,225,262 Bridges finally won his Academy Award for his portrayal of Bad Blake, a hard-drinking washed-up country legend relegated to performing in bowling alleys and dive bars. During a...

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Review)
Dec10

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Review)

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (12/10/10; Fantasy, Family, 3D) Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson (voice) SCR: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni DIR: Michael Apted MPAA: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action. 1 hour 53 mins BOX: $102,563,814 (US), $396,994,954 (Worldwide) Third entry in the once-iffy series restored some of the...

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Fighter, The (Review)
Dec10

Fighter, The (Review)

FIGHTER, THE (12/10/10; Drama, Sports) Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Frank Renzulli, Mickey O’Keefe SCR: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson DIR: David O. Russell MPAA: R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality. 1 hour 55 mins BOX: $93,571,803 It’s probably a good thing that the trailer for The Fighter makes the movie look like a Rocky rip-off. Instantly,...

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Black Swan (Review)
Dec03

Black Swan (Review)

BLACK SWAN (12/03/10; Thriller) Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder SCR: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin DIR: Darren Aronofsky MPAA: R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use. 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $106,888,255 Much like Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008), this horrific character drama peels back the curtains on the lengths someone will go to for...

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All Good Things (Review)
Dec03

All Good Things (Review)

ALL GOOD THINGS (12/03/10; Thriller) Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Kristen Wiig, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora SCR: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling DIR: Andrew Jarecki MPAA: R for drug use, violence, language and some sexuality. 1 hour 41 mins BOX: $557,115 In the 70s, David Marks (Gosling), an heir to a New York real estate fortune, begrudgingly takes a job with the firm to appease his arrogant father (Langella) and...

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