Buried (Review)
Sep24

Buried (Review)

BURIED (9/24/10; Thriller) Ryan Reynolds SCR: Chris Sparling DIR: Rodrigo Cortés MPAA: R for language and some violent content. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $19,152,480 Unbelievably tense and claustrophobic thriller about an Iraq-based American truck driver named Paul Conroy (Reynolds), who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin with a lighter and a cell phone. He attempts to contact his wife and his employers,...

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Burlesque (Review)
Nov24

Burlesque (Review)

BURLESQUE (11/24/10; Musical) Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci SCR/DIR: Steven Antin MPAA: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material. 1 hour 59 mins BOX: $39,440,655 Aguilera makes a pleasant film debut alongside Cher, who returns to the big screen after an...

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Captain America: The First Avenger (Review)
Jul22

Captain America: The First Avenger (Review)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (7/22/11; Action, 3D) Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci SCR: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; based on Captain America by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby DIR: Joe Johnston MPAA: PG-13 For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 2 hours 4 mins BOX: $173,520,394 Big-budget introduction of Marvel...

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Cars 2 (Review)
Jun24

Cars 2 (Review)

CARS 2 (6/24/11; CGI Animation, Comedy, 3D) Voices: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Paul Dooley, John Ratzenberger, John Turturro, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis SCR: Ben Queen DIR: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis MPAA: G 1 hour 53 mins I really, really want to give the...

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Case 39 (Review)
Oct01

Case 39 (Review)

CASE 39 (10/01/10; Horror, Thriller) Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper SCR: Ray Wright / DIR: Christian Alvart MPAA: R for violence and terror including disturbing images. 1 hour 49 mins BOX: $13,261,851 Zellweger plays a social worker who takes in a troubled young girl in this preposterous horror flick that somehow combines elements of a domestic foster parent thriller with a big dumb monster movie....

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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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Catfish (Review)
Sep17

Catfish (Review)

CATFISH (9/17/10; Documentary) Megan Faccio, Nev Schulman, Rel Schulman DIR: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman MPAA: PG-13 for some sexual references. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $3,234,373 Nev, a 24-year old New York photographer, is contacted by an 8-year-old painting prodigy named Abby. They become Facebook friends and strike up a nice friendship. Eventually, he “friends” her mom Angela and Abby’s hottie half-sister Megan. Nev (with his...

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Cemetary Junction (Review)
Apr10

Cemetary Junction (Review)

CEMETERY JUNCTION (4/14/10 UK; Drama) Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, Emily Watson, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes SCR/DIR: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant MPAA: R for language and some sexual material. 1 hour 35 mins In 1970s Britain, three friends find themselves at a crossroads while “shagging, drinking, and fighting” in this gritty coming of age film that could easily be described as a...

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Centurion (Review)
Aug27

Centurion (Review)

CENTURION (8/27/10; Action, War) Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisniewski, Dave Legeno, Axelle Carolyn, Dominic West SCR/DIR: Neil Marshall MPAA: R for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language. 1 hour 37 minutes BOX: $123.570 After a series of stylized creature flicks (The Descent, Doomsday), director Marshall tries his hand at the swords-and-sandals genre with this bloody opus about the 2nd century war between...

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Ceremony (Review)
Apr08

Ceremony (Review)

CEREMONY (4/08/11; Comedy, Drama) Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman, Reece Daniel Thompson, Lee Pace, Jake M. Johnson SCR/DIR: Max Winkler MPAA: R for some language, sexual references and drug use. 1 hour 29 mins Sam (Angarano) coerces his estranged friend Marshall (Thompson) into a road trip to crash the seaside wedding of Zoe (Thurman), an older woman he had a fling with. It would very easy to list the ways Ceremony cribs from early Wes...

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Chloe (Review)
Mar26

Chloe (Review)

CHLOE (3/26/10; Erotic Thriller) Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot SCR: Erin Cressida Wilson; based on Anne Fontaine’s screenplay Mathilda… DIR: Atom Egoyan MPAA: R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language. 1 hour 36 mins BOX: $3,074,838 Moore believes husband Neeson is cheating on her so she hires escort Seyfried to tempt him and report back to her. I don’t have to tell you...

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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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Cinema Verite (Review)
Apr23

Cinema Verite (Review)

CINEMA VERITE (4/23/11; Drama, Biopic) Tim Robbins, Diane Lane, James Gandolfini, Kathleen Quinlan, Thomas Dekker, Patrick Fugit, Lolita Davidovich SCR: David Seltzer DIR: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini 1 hour 31 mins An American Family (1973) was the landmark PBS documentary series that inadvertently created reality TV, a genre that so manufactured, it’s very name is an oxymoron. But when producer Craig Gilbert set out to...

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City Island (Review)
Apr02

City Island (Review)

CITY ISLAND (4/02/10; Drama, Comedy) Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Dominik García-Lorido, Alan Arkin SCR/DIR: Raymond De Felitta MPAA: PG-13 for sexual content, smoking and language. 1 hour 43 mins BOX: $4,531,275 The Rizzos are an argumentative Bronx family filled with secrets. Dad Vince (Garcia) is a correctional officer who really wants to be an actor; hothead wife Joyce (Margulies) cannot hide her...

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Clash of the Titans (2010; Review)
Apr02

Clash of the Titans (2010; Review)

CLASH OF THE TITANS (4/02/10; Fantasy) Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Pete Postlethwaite, Polly Walker, Danny Huston SCR: Travis Beacham and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi DIR: Louis Leterrier MPAA: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality. BOX: $163,693,297 The Greek mythology tale of Perseus, Medusa and the battle...

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Company Men, The (Review)
Jan21

Company Men, The (Review)

COMPANY MEN, THE (1/21/11; Drama) Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemarie DeWitt, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson SCR/DIR: John Wells MPAA: R for language and brief nudity. 1 hour 53 mins BOX: $4,384,065 It’s surprising to learn this somber exploration of 21st century corporate downsizing was the first film written and directed by Wells (ER) because it’s so confident, elegantly framed and perfectly timed....

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Review)
Jun24

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Review)

CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP (6/24/11; Documentary) Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Scott Healy, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark Pender, Richie Rosenberg DIR: Rodman Flender 1 hour 29 mins MPAA: R for language. BOX: $262,734 Fascinating peek behind the curtain at a guy who waited five years for his dream gig, only to have the whole thing blow up in his face. A brief history: In 2004, NBC announced that...

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Conviction (Review)
Oct15

Conviction (Review)

CONVICTION (10/15/10; Drama) Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Jennifer G. Roberts, Clea DuVall, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher SCR: Pamela Gray DIR: Tony Goldwyn MPAA: R for language and some violent images. 1 hour 47 mins BOX: $7,226,033 Oscar-friendly biopic about Betty Anne Waters (Swank), a single mother who earned her GED, then her bachelor’s, a master’s in education,...

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Cop Car (Review)
Aug21

Cop Car (Review)

Kids do very stupid things that seem like the ok thing for them to do at the time. I know that’s not news to anyone who’s been a kid but it needs to be pointed out because it’s the basic thesis of Jon Watts’ well-done second feature Cop Car. The storyline is simple: two kids who are apparently “running away” stumble across a vacated cop car. Rather than leave it be and tell an adult, they steal it even though they’ve never driven a...

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Cop Out (Review)
Feb26

Cop Out (Review)

COP OUT (2/26/10; Comedy) Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Seann William Scott, Jason Lee SCR: Robb Cullen, Marc Cullen DIR: Kevin Smith MPAA: R for Pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality. 1 hour 56 mins BOX: $44,464,065 Willis and Morgan are longtime NYPD partners on the trail of – get this – a stolen baseball card in a movie that, despite its lazy 80s “action...

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