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A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

THIS YEAR, DISCOVER HOW FAR ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU.   When Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson hooked up to make the first truly ambitious screen adaptation of Hergé‘s classic comic-book hero, it was easy to expect the most humorless of fanboys to react negatively. One of the first people to comment on this movie was … Continue reading Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

No Strings Attached

FRIENDSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS.  Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) have casual sex… and decide to make it a regular thing, provided they don’t grow feelings for each other. This movie spends its entire running time teaching Portman’s character that it isn’t possible, or even desirable, to have a long-term friends-with-benefits relationship, but never … Continue reading No Strings Attached

Glory: From Slaves to Soldiers

THEIR INNOCENCE. THEIR HERITAGE. THEIR LIVES. NOTHING WOULD BE SPARED IN THE FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM.   One of the best films of 1989 has also become one of the best-loved movies ever made about the American Civil War. As in the case of Gettysburg (1993), the filmmakers tried to stay close to the real events and … Continue reading Glory: From Slaves to Soldiers

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Pumping with Blood and Life

LOVE NEVER DIES.  In a week when I have watched and written reviews of two movies about vampires, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Let the Right One In (2008), it might be fitting to wrap it up with a fresh examination of a film I loved at the time of its release. Francis Ford Coppola’s … Continue reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Pumping with Blood and Life

The Princess Bride

IT’S AS REAL AS THE FEELINGS YOU FEEL. Once upon a time there was a Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) who was kidnapped, but two men set out for her – her husband the Prince (Chris Sarandon) and a masked pirate (Cary Elwes) who just may be her true love. Updating fairy tales is a task fraught … Continue reading The Princess Bride

Twister

THE DARK SIDE OF NATURE. When Bill Harding and his girlfriend (Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz) go to see his soon-to-be ex-wife (Helen Hunt) to get the divorce papers signed, they get caught up chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma. The visual effects may look cheaper by today’s standards, but this is still a hugely entertaining (and well-made) disaster … Continue reading Twister

Georgia Rule

In this family, attitude doesn’t skip a generation. Rebellious teen Rachel Wilcox (Lindsay Lohan) comes to stay with her grandmother (Jane Fonda) in Idaho for the summer; when she tells her mom (Felicity Huffman) a dark secret, she refuses to believe Rachel. Fonda’s second picture after coming out of retirement has her battling two younger generations … Continue reading Georgia Rule