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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Cowboys and Aliens (Review)
Jul29

Cowboys and Aliens (Review)

COWBOYS & ALIENS (7/29/11; Western, Sci-Fi) Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Adam Beach, Sam Rockwell, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine SCR: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby DIR: Jon Favreau MPAA: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference. 1 hour 58 mins BOX: $98,106,221 One would expect a movie called Cowboys...

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Crazies, The (Review)
Feb26

Crazies, The (Review)

CRAZIES, THE (2/26/10; Horror) Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson SCR: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright; based on the 1973 screenplay by George A. Romero DIR: Breck Eisner MPAA: R for bloody violence and language. 1 hour 41 mins BOX: $36,949,003 Remake of Romero’s cult classic retains the original idea of a small Iowa town (you know, the white picket fence, American values type) besieged by a rage virus after...

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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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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Review)
Jul29

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Review)

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (7/29/11; Comedy, Drama) Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton, Kevin Bacon, Julianna Guill, Josh Groban, Marisa Tomei SCR: Dan Fogelman DIR: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa MPAA: PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language. 1 hour 58 mins BOX: $78,568,802 Cal Weaver (Carell) is stunned to learn that Emily (Moore), his wife of 25 years, has slept with a co-worker (Bacon) and...

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Creation (Review)
Jan10

Creation (Review)

CREATION (01/22/10; Drama, Biopic) Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones SCR: John Collee; based on Annie’s Box by Randal Keynes DIR: Jon Amiel MPAA: PG for some intense thematic material. 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $340,611 Ambitious drama depicts the long process in which Charles Darwin (Bettany) struggled to write his iconic book On the Origin of Species, and the devastating effect his young daughter’s death had on...

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Cyrus (Review)
Jun18

Cyrus (Review)

CYRUS (6/18/10; Comedy, Drama) John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh SCR/DIR: Jay & Mark Duplass MPAA: R for language and some sexual material. 1 hour 31 mins BOX: $7,468,936 John (Reilly) is a loveable loser dragged to a party by his still-friendly ex-wife (Keener). As he gets drunker, he manages to attract the affections of Molly (Tomei) and they begin a tentative relationship. The only problem:...

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Dear John (Review)
Feb05

Dear John (Review)

DEAR JOHN (2/05/10; Drama, Romance) Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Keith Robinson SCR: Jamie Linden; based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks DIR: Lasse Hallstrom MPAA: PG-13 for Some sensuality and violence. 1 hour 45 mins BOX: $76,626,086 A little forbidden romance, some broken promises, a whole lot of fate getting in the way and eventually something tragic happens. Dear John is the story of John Tyree...

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Death at a Funeral (Review)
Apr19

Death at a Funeral (Review)

DEATH AT A FUNERAL (4/16/10; Comedy) Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Columbus Short, Peter Dinklage / SCR: Dean Craig DIR: Neil LaBute MPAA: R for language, drug content and some sexual humor. 1 hour 30 mins BOX: $34,691,129 Riddle me this: What’s the justification for remaking a perfectly funny and moderately successful British comedy less than three years...

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Death Race 2 (Review)
Jan19

Death Race 2 (Review)

DEATH RACE 2 (1/18/11; Action) Luke Goss, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Sean Bean, Tanit Phoenix, Robin Shou SCR: Tony Giglio / DIR: Roel Reiné MPAA: Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and some sexual content. 1 hour 36 mins Oddly-named follow-up to the Death Race (2008) remake is a direct-to-video prequel that explores the origins of Luke Lucas (Luke Goss), the first driver called “Frankenstein,” a character killed in the...

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Descendants, The (Review)
Nov18

Descendants, The (Review)

DESCENDANTS, THE (11/18/11; Drama) George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Patricia Hastie SCR: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash; based on The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings DIR: Alexander Payne MPAA: R for language including some sexual references. 1 hour 55 mins BOX: Matt King (Clooney) is a Honolulu-based lawyer and the sole trustee of a family...

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Despicable Me (Review)
Jul09

Despicable Me (Review)

DESPICABLE ME (7/09/10; Animation, Comedy, 3D) Voices: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier SCR: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul DIR: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud MPAA: PG for rude humor and mild action. 1 hour 35 mins BOX: $250,966,220 Surprise hit finds the world’s greatest super villain Gru (Steve Carell rocking a non-descript Eastern bloc accent) displaced in the...

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Disappearance of Alice Creed, The (Review)
Aug06

Disappearance of Alice Creed, The (Review)

DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, THE (8/06/10; Thriller) Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan SCR/DIR: J Blakiston MPAA: R for violent content, pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity. 1 hour 36 mins BOX: $534,879 Expertly-directed British thriller about two ex-cons (Compston and Marsan) who meticulously kidnap the daughter of a rich family and set the wheels in motion to collect a hefty ransom. The results are not what...

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Don’t You Forget About Me (Review)
Jul13

Don’t You Forget About Me (Review)

DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME (7/13/10; Documentary) Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Kelly LeBrock, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Roger Ebert, Jim Kerr / SCR: Matt Austin, Michael Facciolo, Kari Hollend, Lenny Panzer DIR: Matt Austin MPAA: R for language. 1 hour 30 mins In 2008, four young filmmakers hit the road searching for elusive director John Hughes, who had long since retired and dropped off the Hollywood grid. But...

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Drive (Review)
Sep13

Drive (Review)

DRIVE (9/13/11; Thriller) Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks SCR: Hossein Amini; based on the book by James Sallis DIR: Nicholas Winding Refn MPAA: Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity. 1 hour 40 mins (FilmDistrict) Gosling is a Hollywood stunt driver by day and getaway driver by night. He doesn’t speak much, nobody calls him by name...

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Drive Angry (Review)
Feb25

Drive Angry (Review)

DRIVE ANGRY (2/25/11; Action, Thriller; 3D) Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Katy Mixon, David Morse, Billy Burke, Christa Campbell, Charlotte Ross, Tom Atkins SCR: Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier DIR: Patrick Lussier MPAA: R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language. 1 hour 44 mins Box: $10,721.050 Okay, so any movie called Drive Angry starring Nicolas...

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Due Date (Review)
Nov05

Due Date (Review)

DUE DATE (11/5/10; Comedy) Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis SCR: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, Todd Phillips DIR: Todd Phillips MPAA: R for language, drug use and sexual content. 1 hour 35 mins BOX: $100,539,043 Downey is trying to get back to his wife, who is about to give birth. An early act contrivance forces him onto the “no fly list” and he’s forced to travel by car with Galifianakis, once again playing a guy...

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Eagle, The (Review)
Feb11

Eagle, The (Review)

EAGLE, THE (2/11/11; Drama, Adventure) Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare, Douglas Henshall SCR: Jeremy Brock DIR: Kevin Macdonald MPAA: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images. 1 hour 49 mins BOX: $32,708,156 In 140 AD, a headstrong Roman soldier named Marcus Flavius Aquila (Tatum) is severely injured in a battle with Celtic tribesmen and discharged into his...

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East Pray Love (Review)
Aug13

East Pray Love (Review)

EAT PRAY LOVE (8/13/10; Drama) Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, Hadi Subiyanto, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins SCR: Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt DIR: Ryan Murphy MPAA: PG-13, for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity. BOX: $80,574,010 (US); $124,015,545 (Foreign) Roberts brings her movie star wattage to this vibrant and colorful Oprah-approved adaptation of Gilbert’s bestselling memoir. To the...

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Easy A (Review)
Sep17

Easy A (Review)

EASY A (9/17/10; Comedy) Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci SCR: Bert V. Royal DIR: Will Gluck MPAA: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material. BOX: $74,459,232 Emma Stone brings the funny as Olive, a virginal high school student who tells a lie about...

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