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    5 Movies That Would Be Better if Not Set At Christmas

    We all have favorite Christmas movies that we watch every year. For me, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is the most necessary. And I'll watch bits of "A Christmas Story" and "Scrooged" if they're on TV (and both are on TV a lot this time of year). Th...

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    "TRON: Legacy" - See It, Be the Spectator

    You should go see "TRON: Legacy" this weekend. Preferably in IMAX 3D. See it for the pretty visual effects. See it for Michael Sheen's part as David Bowie as Willy Wonka (thank you Karina Longworth for recognizing the performance as one of the year's best). See it for Olivia Wilde as Louise Brooks as, ultimately, Ariel the mermaid. See it for Jeff Bridges, obviously, as Jeff Bridges and Jeff Bridges. Hear it for the Daft Punk score, while seeing how it enhances the visuals, especially the moment featuring Daft Punk (or maybe they're stand-ins? we'd never know). But see it, let it wash over you as a spectator and nothing else. Never mind that ...

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    Remake, Sequel or Leave Alone - What to Do With These 1980s Walt Disney Movies

    Disney has done the unusual in its choice to produce "TRON: Legacy." While most films of its kind and time would be looked at for a remake, the Mouse House decided to give its 1982 cult classic "TRON" a sequel, 28 years after the original's release. In some ways the new movie is like a remake. Struc...

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    The Originals: "TRON" is a Narratively Sufficient Sci-Fi Fantasy of Its Time

    Disney may or may not be attempting to hide the original "TRON" from potential consumers of its new sequel, "TRON: Legacy," but you can re-watch or introduce yourself to the cult classic on YouTube if you're willing to view it in sections (only 7 parts if you go with this one, while it lasts). Having revisited the film for the first time in at least 25 years this way, I am unconvinced that modern viewers can't or shouldn't find it accessible. Dated, maybe, but so are a number of sci-fi and fantasy works that get fairer treatment and respect. It is certainly no more laughable than "Star Wars" is at parts. And anyway, much to my disappointment,...

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    Could "Toy Story 3" Win Best Picture?

    Disney studios chairman Rich Ross is campaigning heavily for a Best Picture win for "Toy Story 3." Could it happen? Not likely as long as the Oscars keep up the Best Animated Feature category. It should get nominated, though. And it won't lose for the reason that Patrick Goldstein at The Big Picture...

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    Could "Harry Potter" Win Best Picture?

    The simple answer to the headline is no, neither parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will win the Oscar for Best Picture. And even with ten available slots, the recently released "Deathly Hallows Part 1" won't likely be nominated in the category, either. But as much as it seems a given the series isn't Oscar-caliber, I kind of feel it deserves at least the honor. Looking at the ten other most successful film franchises of all time -- of which "Harry Potter" is now THE greatest, gross-wise -- "Star Wars" was nominated for Best Picture, ditto for "Raiders of the Lost Ark," all of the "Lord of the Rings" installments got nods and the...

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    In Theaters: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "The Next Three Days," "Heartless"

    I'm attempting a new approach to movie discussions on Fridays so as to cover more of the new releases readers want to talk about, regardless of whether or not I've seen them all (yet). For instance, of this week's major openers I've only seen "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," and of course that's the obvious frontrunner for both box office and chatter. But what about the little Faustian art-house horror flick "Heartless," which opens in New York today? It's getting some pretty good reviews, it apparently has something to say in terms of social commentary, yet it hadn't been on my radar at all. I'm intrigued. Meanwhile, there's Pa...

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    Is the Nod to "Twilight" in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Coincidence, Intentional or Both?

    This shouldn't spoil anything for you if you haven't yet seen part 1 of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," as it concerns a totally inconsequential line in a relatively uneventful (though overall crucial) moment in the film. In fact, the lack of importance is such that its inclusion in the film is part of why I'm writing about it. A little past the midway point Hermione (Emma Watson) reads to Harry and Ron (Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint) a fable called "The Tale of the Three Brothers" -- which is adapted in the film as a great little animated sequence, one of the highlights of this installment. Before the animation begins, Hermione r...

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    "TRON" DVD Conspiracy is a Travesty for "TRON: Legacy" Potential

    Imagine if it was currently impossible to watch the first six "Harry Potter" movies in preparation for the first part of "Deathly Hallows." That's how I feel regarding the recently discovered difficulty in seeing "TRON" before next month's release of "TRON: Legacy." I haven't seen "TRON" since I was a kid, at least 25 years ago, and if I don't have the chance of revisiting it I likely won't end up seeing the sequel. Fortunately I have a friend who is a diehard fan of the 1982 original and will likely get to borrow his copy of the apparently rare and out-of-print 20th anniversary DVD (which is being sold new on Amazon for nearly $100). What ab...

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    5 Ex-Presidents Better Suited for "The Hangover 2" Than Bill Clinton

    You've likely heard that former President Bill Clinton has made a seemingly impromptu visit to the set of "The Hangover 2," in which he'll now reportedly have a cameo (photo evidence comes via TMZ). So that's spoiled for us. The actual scene will be as unsurprising and ineffectual as the Schwarzenegger appearance in "The Expendables" was. Unless Clinton did something unexpected on camera. Maybe he dances around while lip-syncing to Ludacris? Perhaps he's spotted in a Thai whore house? Nah, he's probably got one minor little self-parodying joke as "himself," but nothing too scandalous. He's probably not even wasted, getting wasted or hungover ...

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