STAFF BLOG REEL TALK Screen time: Review of 'Pain and Gain'
A couple things about Michael Bay's new movie "Pain and Gain."
PRO: Michael Bay FINALLY stops taking himself so seriously.
In one scene, crippled Tony Shalhoub (Monk from "Monk") tries to pick a bun... Posted on 5/8/13 at 5:15 PM
FATHER KNOWS LAST Silver Linings Playbook
I seem to have a habit of watching Oscar winning movies after they win all their awards. I have been hearing so many positive things about Silver Linings Playbook that I really hoped to see it before... Posted on 2/24/13 at 9:32 PM
REGGIE TALES The Campaign: Reviewed
I went to "The Campaign" starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis last night. It had been so long since I laughed in a movie theater that I almost forgot what it was like or if it was even social... Posted on 8/15/12 at 11:10 AM
Wow. Just wow. That pretty much sums up my reaction to "Beautiful Creatures," a movie so schizoid in its extremes of pleasure and pain that it's hard to know how to weigh its contradictions, or even where to begin separating them.
As the New York cop who never met a problem he couldn't shoot or drive out of, Willis brings his characteristic deadpan cool to a role he originated in the 1980s, a long-past era that the movie addresses head-on when a villain reminds McClane that "it's not 1986 . . . and Reagan is dead."
The film, which stars Julianne Hough as a woman on the run from a troubled past, opens like a gritty thriller, complete with furtive looks from under a hoodie, a taut chase through a crowded bus station and a few smidgens of blood.
There's something perversely appropriate about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" being released the same year as "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" — one of which takes brazen creative liberties with history, one that's far more prudent in its license-taking, but both of which in their own way reanimated Civil War-era America in exhilarating ways.
For better or worse, this adaptation of the mega-hit Broadway musical fits neither description, largely because it lives in that kinda-sorta, okay-not-great, this-worked-that-didn’t in-between for which words like “better” and “worse” fall woefully short.
Seasoned actors Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play a long-married couple who have reached apathetic levels. Arnold (Jones) is content to live an uneventful life; Kay (Streep) longs to rekindle the romance and enrolls the couple in a clinic offered by Dr. Feld (Steve Carell) in the New England hamlet of Great Hope Springs.
"Ah, Harry, you need to shave, my friend," Dumbledore says to his Hogwarts protege Harry Potter. And indeed, in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," puberty is in full bloom, addled adolescence all the rage.
Slower and talkier than the five "Potters" that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - "Half-Blood Prince" is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.
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