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Singin’ in the Rain Sparkles at 60

I thought I’d seen Singin in the Rain too often to notice anything new about it, but the beautifully remastered 60th anniversary print proves me wrong.  Each frame is sharper, and the details sparkle.  For the first time, I noticed … Continue reading

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Thor: Much Ado About Boring

Okay, it’s unfair of me to say Chris Hemsworth is boring without even watching Thor, so I gave it a go. To be honest, my interest in the movie actually has to do with Tom Hiddleston, who is gleefully diabolical … Continue reading

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Singin’ in the Rain: Watch it in theaters on July 12!

Seriously, buy your tickets now to watch this glorious musical in theaters next week at a special 60th anniversary screening, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies: If you’ve never seen Singin’ in the Rain before: lucky you, watching it for … Continue reading

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Prometheus: Wait, haven’t we seen this already?

Spoiler Alert: In keeping with director Ridley Scott’s spoiler-phobia, I should say that if you want to avoid spoilers completely, you probably shouldn’t read this post till after you watch Prometheus. Spoiler-free technology note: I watched Prometheus in 3D, and … Continue reading

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman is visually stunning, with plenty of magical creatures that evoke Guillermo Del Toro’s creations.  Sadly, the writing and acting undercut the visual spectacle.  Kristen Stewart wears the look of nauseated unease that she has in … Continue reading

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This Means War: Love Among Spies

The romantic-triangle comedy This Means War is glossy, occasionally engaging, but ultimately empty. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, in competition for the most bee-stung lips, also compete for Reese Witherspoon’s affections. I wish the film had more scenes like the … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black: Harry Potter and the Haunted House

The Woman in Black boasts genuine scares and class-act performances by Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer, not to mention Daniel Radcliffe looking all pale and Victorian. Director James Watkins knows how to set the creepy mood and ratchet up the … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Joss the Superhero Wrangler, Part 2

Since The Avengers is trampling box office records all over the place, this is kind of a moot point (or a moo point, as Joey Tribbiani would say), but I just want to add my own “Woo-hoo, yay for Joss!” … Continue reading

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The Palm Beach Story: Sex Gets in the Way for Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert

Speaking of sex-as-subtext in classic films, The Palm Beach Story was on TCM this week. Preston Sturges’ screwball gem is all about how sex keeps getting in the way of a wife’s scheme to help her husband by divorcing him … Continue reading

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Casablanca: Still Gorgeous at 70

At a recent 70th anniversary screening, Casablanca proved to be as gorgeous and entertaining as ever. Honestly, what can I say about it that hasn’t already been said? I suppose I could say that it’s as though celluloid was invented … Continue reading

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