IN THEATRES: April’s Last Gasp

It has been a decent first third of the year. We are about to enter the blockbuster time of year where it seems every weekend there is a film that makes over $50 million domestic. Up to this point in the year, the movie box office seems to be the only industry that is booming, […]

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‘Hamlet’ (1948) vs. ‘Hamlet’ (2000)

Today is the observed birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all-time. In honor of the Bard’s special day, I thought I would take a look at his greatest contribution to the world of theatre and, unbeknownst to him, film: a little play called Hamlet. Hamlet has been adapted for film and television 61 […]

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New ‘The Boat That Rocked’ HD Trailer

This new trailer premiered today from one of my most anticipated films of the summer. From this it looks like a definite quality ensemble piece. My hopes are that it focuses more on the Philip Seymour Hoffman/Bill Nighy characters and their feud with the government than on the teen love story that seems to sneak […]

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New on DVD: Wrestling with some Politics

There are two new DVD releases this week that are worth checking out. One that should have been nominated for Best Picture, another that was nominated for Best Picture. Three to Buy/Rent for April 21, 2009: 1) The Wrestler (2008) Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood This powerful film […]

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Demetri Martin to Appear in Soderbergh’s ‘MoneyBall’

One of my favorite stand-up comedians in the last few years has been Demetri Martin. He’s probably most well-known for his fantastic Comedy Central specials and occasional appearances on “The Daily Show.” His new sketch comedy show “Important Things” has its moments and now he is making the inevitable transition to the big screen. Rather […]

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New ‘Tetro’ Behind the Scenes Video

The website for the upcoming film from Francis Ford Coppola has added another video to the already impressive collection of behind the scenes information about the movie Tetro. I like this new approach that Coppola’s production crews have been championing. Instead of viral videos and teaser advertising, you get the behind-the-scenes scoop before the film […]

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IN THEATRES: A Little Dancing and Some Intrigue

Rarely do you see an April weekend (or any weekend) with almost all of the new releases having positive Rotten Tomato ratings. If you listen to critics, it should be a good weekend. Three to See: 1) State of Play (Wide) Directed By: Kevin MacDonald Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | Metacritic: 61 This seems like it […]

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Pain, Anguish, and Mad Libs

I love Twitter. It’s like having a more witty version of an RSS feed. Here’s what I’m reading/watching this week: The Onion A/V Club, one of the best sites for random, fascinating lists has posted the 24 Great Films Too Painful to Watch Twice. It’s an interesting read. I especially agree with Bergman’s Winter Light […]

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New ‘Hurt Locker’ Trailer

Just released today is a new trailer for the upcoming film The Hurt Locker directed by Katherine Bigelow. It looks like a solid thriller, but I still just can’t imagine Oscar going for an Iraq war movie after so many have come and gone with little or no awards recognition.

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‘Spring Awakening’ the Next Big Stage to Screen Adaptation

Ain’t It Cool News points to this article in the Hollywood Reporter about McG’s being in talks to take the 2007 Best Muscial Tony-winning ‘Spring Awakening’ to the silver screen: McG is in talks to bring the Broadway rock musical “Spring Awakening” to the big screen, developing it with original book and lyrics writer Steven […]

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New on DVD: The Oscar Hangover Continues

This week is not an exciting ones fo DVD releases. Of the new releases I can only recommend (with reservations) two films even worth checking out this week. Thank goodness that TCM has a phenomenal line-up this week (more on that later). Three Two to Buy/Rent for April 14, 2009 1) Pillow Talk: 50th Anniversary […]

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A Good Friday for Some Linkage

Happy Good Friday everybody. It was a buzzing week in the blog-o-sphere. Here’s what I’m reading/watching. 3 Links of the Week: /film‘s Hunter Stephenson has posted a 20,000+ word review of Observe and Report and everything else that Jody Hill has done prefaced with an homage to the downfall of the American white male. Meanwhile […]

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IN THEATERS: Observe and Rock

One wide release and one limited release are the films I’m looking forward to this week. Neither of which are going to win at the Box Office because there are so many teen girls who will come out in droves to see Miley Montana, or whatever that singin’ gal is called. Three Two to See: […]

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‘The Great Buck Howard’ – The Great John Malkovich

Review: C+ Buck Howard really is “great” in the semi-autobiographical film from director Sean McGinly. The Great Buck Howard stars John Malkovich in the title role as a has-been celebrity mentalist who lights up the screen every time he shows up. The film as a whole is an average satire that has some very watchable […]

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NEW ON DVD: It’s a Week for Drama

We’re still in the 2008 hangover, where the November-December glut trickles over on to DVD and Blu-Ray. It’s a great time to catch some of the better movies from last season a second time. Here’s what’s new on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: Three to Buy/Rent: 1) Doubt (2008) Directed By: John Patrick Shanley Starring: […]

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Baseball Movie All-Star Team

In honor of the start of the baseball season, Bill Ward from the Minneapolis Star Tribune has come up with an All-Star Team compiled from characters and actors in major baseball movies. Here’s a preview of what he came up with: PITCHER: CHARLIE SHEEN Ricky (Wild Thing) Vaughn in “Major League” The raffish reliever made […]

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