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    Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

    When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, refer...

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    Review: 'Meek's Cutoff' Shows The Foibles Of Man & Helplessness Of Women On The Forgotten Frontier

    "Meek's Cutoff" takes place in the open fields of the midwest, the year 1845, the land untouched, civilization slowly being built, but where the film feels contemporary, with its period-specific detail, all thick bonnets and dirt-stained wagons, is in its intimacy. Director Kelly Reichardt has made ...

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    Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

    “Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger p...

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    Review: 'Hanna' A Study In Merciless Violence, Strong Performances And Block Rockin' Beats

    In "Hanna," Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan graduates to the next stage of her career, the one that all "respected actors" reach -- the action stage, where her piercing looks and astute natural intelligence are replaced by kicks, punches and improbable stunts. The anomaly, of course, is that Ms. Ronan has become a remarkably accomplished, borderline preternatural performer at a young age, and so the action phase of her career -- admittedly, a brief tour as opposed to the extended sojourn other actresses might enjoy -- has arrived fairly early. Such is the natural gimmick at the heart of "Hanna," one that audiences should find familiar by ...

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    Review: Though Keanu Reeves' Heart Is In The Right Place, 'Henry's Crime' Is A Forgettable Offense

    The following review is reprint that originally ran during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Review: 'Ceremony' Is Charming & Well-Made, Despite Wes Anderson Derivativeness

    Employing similar symmetrical framing and tracking shots, classic rock soundtrack flourishes and quirky, fanciful characters, Max Winkler's directorial debut, "Ceremony" feels heavily indebted to the early works of Wes Anderson. Arguably a derivative effort in that sense, the film is still not witho...

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    Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

    The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, ver...

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    Review: 'His Way' An All Too Brief, Surface Look At The Life Of Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub

    They don't make 'em like Jerry Weintraub anymore. Born in Brooklyn, he quickly climbed the ladder, earning early success in the music business, working with a staggering array of talent including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, John Denver and more. Once he conquered the music game, Weintraub moved over to the movie business making a name for himself with Robert Altman's "Nashville" and going on to put his mark on films like "Diner," the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy and "The Karate Kid." It's been a hell of a ride for the producer who, now in his '70s, shows no sign of slowing down and said ...

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    Review: 'Wrecked' Is A Car Crash You'll Want To Look Away From

    “Wrecked” does a rare thing. While most movies founder in their third act, this indie survival film actually gets more interesting and watchable in its final 30 minutes. But it’s getting to that final third that’s the real ordeal here. You’ll have to endure the first half hour, with star Adrien Brod...

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    Review: 'Hop' Is Like Opening An Easter Egg And Finding Nothing Inside

    "Hop," the new animation/live action hybrid from the folks that brought us this past summer's surprise smash "Despicable Me," comes with a premise so ingeniously prepackaged that you'll wonder why nobody had come up with it before. A canny hodgepodge of "The Santa Clause," "Elf," and a handful of ot...

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