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Movie Review: “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”

Movie Review: “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”

Abandoned but never quite forgotten, “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” finally reaches theaters seven years after it was finished. A graphically violent, sexually explicit teen horror tale, it was close to being ahead of its time, in its time. Now, it plays like a quaint, fairly obvious period …

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'Paperboy' belongs at bottom of a bird cage

'Paperboy' belongs at bottom of a bird cage

The stars of "The Paperboy" - the ones who did their due diligence, anyway - must be kicking themselves. They didn't get to work with the Lee Daniels who directed the Oscar-winning "Precious," but were stuck with the Daniels who embarrassed two Oscar winners in the film he made before that, …

October 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Film questions authorship of Shakespeare's many plays

Film questions authorship of Shakespeare's many plays

Leave it to a German to blitzkrieg the Immortal Bard and the Virgin Queen in one sitting.

January 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Long-distance romance gets modern tweak in 'Like Crazy'

Long-distance romance gets modern tweak in 'Like Crazy'

The movies don't do romantic longing very well anymore. It's trickier than it was in the old "An Affair to Remember" days, when love on the big screen had patience.

December 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'My Week' has va-va, little voom

'My Week' has va-va, little voom

Michelle Williams doesn't so much impersonate Marilyn Monroe as suggest her in the entertaining new bio-drama "My Week With Marilyn." She doesn't have Monroe's overripe figure, Kewpie doll cheeks or 'C'mere and kiss me' lips. There's va-va without the voom.

November 24, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Twilight' star ready to take on new challenges

'Twilight' star ready to take on new challenges

ORLANDO, Fla. - Three years and three films into "The Twilight Saga," Robert Pattinson can see the finish line for the role that made him famous.

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'The Double' could be great, but, alas, it barely intrigues

'The Double' could be great, but, alas, it barely intrigues

In magic acts, and in movie thrillers, it's called "the reveal," that "wow" moment when some secret that's key to understanding what happened before is unmasked. In the movies, big "reveals" are usually in the third act.

November 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Gonzo' beginnings in 'Diary'

'Gonzo' beginnings in 'Diary'

The stench of cheap booze, stale cigarettes, newsprint and pre-air conditioning sweat wafts off the screen in "The Rum Diary," Johnny Depp's second shot at paying tribute to his friend, the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

October 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'In Time' falls short

'In Time' falls short

"Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol's sense of the zeitgeist is as on the money as ever with "In Time," a sci-fi parable that plays like "Occupy Wall Street: The Movie."

October 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Puss in Boots' no 'Shrek' sequel

'Puss in Boots' no 'Shrek' sequel

DreamWorks' cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in "Puss in Boots," a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the "Shrek" movies.

October 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Wall St. thriller 'Margin Call' a timely tale

Wall St. thriller 'Margin Call' a timely tale

Maybe it went down something like this.

October 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Teach your daughters how things were

Teach your daughters how things were

There's something irresistible about the underdog's plight, something glorious about a "Cinderella Story" in sports. "The Mighty Macs" is a movie that taps into that, telling us of the glory days of Immaculata College's women's basketball team. This tiny Catholic school for women dominated t…

October 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'The Way' offers an inviting path

'The Way' offers an inviting path

Emilio Estevez wrote, directed and took a supporting role in "The Way," an easygoing road picture that plays right into his father Martin Sheen's wheelhouse.

October 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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As bird-watching goes, 'Big Year' fairly dry, lacks energy to take off

As bird-watching goes, 'Big Year' fairly dry, lacks energy to take off

"The Big Year" is a comedy about competitive bird-watching.

October 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Thing' fails to deliver beyond cool effects

'Thing' fails to deliver beyond cool effects

That classic "creature feature" "The Thing" earns its third treatment with a film that's so enthralled with its actual "thing" that it forgets to be scary or suspenseful.

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'Footloose' makes all right moves

'Footloose' makes all right moves

Toes are tapping, feet are shuffling and boots are bouncing in the opening to the new "Footloose." Kids are dancing and frolicking, maybe even having a few beers to the title song of a 1984 movie, a tune by Kenny Loggins. Then tragedy strikes. And Bomont becomes the town that banned organize…

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Hard-hitting 'Real Steel' isn't clunker, but neither is it a fine-tuned machine

"Real Steel" is "Transformers" meets "The Champ," a cute, occasionally sentimental father-son bonding picture with Rock'Em Sock'Em boxing robots as its backdrop.

October 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Senna' takes under-the-hood look at Formula 1 racing

'Senna' takes under-the-hood look at Formula 1 racing

"Senna" is a racing documentary that takes us into the jittery, jumpy, nerve-racking driver's seat of Formula 1 race cars of the 1980s and '90s.

October 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Evil,' a failure, still could be a cult classic

'Evil,' a failure, still could be a cult classic

In scores of cut-rate horror pictures, a cadre of coeds head off into the woods for who knows what and face a ghost/gator/3-D sharks/or serial- killing, inbred redneck rubes.

October 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Down, dirty backroom politics rule in 'Ides of March'

Down, dirty backroom politics rule in 'Ides of March'

"The Ides of March," George Clooney's latest civics lesson as actor and director, is a down and dirty politics-behind-closed-doors tale. It's about a campaign professional (Ryan Gosling) letting his idealism get in the way of his professionalism. 

October 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Hugh Jackman talks 'Real Steel'

ORLANDO, Fla. - The label long ago coined for those who can act, sing and dance was "triple threat." But there aren't many of those folks working in the movies these days. Hugh Jackman is one. And whenever he gets nostalgic for Hollywood's "Golden Age" when triple threats walked the soundsta…

October 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Hugh Jackman talks 'Real Steel'

Hugh Jackman talks 'Real Steel'

ORLANDO, Fla. - The label long ago coined for those who can act, sing and dance was "triple threat." But there aren't many of those folks working in the movies these days.

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'Courageous' may be preachy, but it holds fast to its faith, too

'Courageous' may be preachy, but it holds fast to its faith, too

It's interesting to track the growing cinematic sophistication of those preaching-filmmaking brothers of Sherwood Baptist Church - from "Facing the Giants" to their breakout hit "Fireproof" to their latest film, "Courageous."

September 29, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Sadly, 2 + 2 = 5 in 'What's Your Number?'

Sadly, 2 + 2 = 5 in 'What's Your Number?'

Bad timing allowed "What's Your Number?" - a mildly raunchy romantic comedy about a woman lamenting her sexual history as she resolves to finally save herself for Mr. Right - to come out mere months after the too-similar "Bridesmaids."

September 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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'Dolphin Tale' swims in a sea of cute; inspirational messages sail outward

'Dolphin Tale' swims in a sea of cute; inspirational messages sail outward

The story of how Winter, a New Smyrna Beach, Fla., dolphin, lost her tail and became the star attraction of the Clearwater Aquarium becomes an adorable kids' film in "Dolphin Tale."

September 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Point Blank' a gripping thriller

'Point Blank' a gripping thriller

The French thriller "Point Blank" clocks in at just 84 minutes. And a leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year.

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'Killer Elite's' blood, guts, gunpowder will appeal to old-school tough guys

'Killer Elite's' blood, guts, gunpowder will appeal to old-school tough guys

"Killer Elite" is a guy's movie and makes no bones about it. It's an old-school straight-no-chaser action picture about an ex-CIA agent who hunts down assorted troopers from the British Special Forces to save an American agent from a vengeful Arab.

September 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Moneyball' more than a baseball tale

'Moneyball' more than a baseball tale

It's based on the Michael Lewis book about Billy Beane, the ex-ballplayer turned Oakland A's general manager who upended the game by rebuilding his team through cold-hearted statistical analysis called "sabermetrics." "Moneyball" takes a dry story about numbers and no-name ballplayers and tu…

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Review: Sarah Jessica Parker in 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

Review: Sarah Jessica Parker in 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

"I Don't Know How She Does It" is an old-fashioned spin on the manic pace of motherhood for today's working woman. With high unemployment and those of us still working too scared to say "No" to the boss, "juggling" has become not just the norm, but positively blasé over 20 years after "Paren…

September 18, 2011 11:00 amLoading…
Tired theme of 'I Don't Know How ...' leaves viewers feeling own fatigue

Tired theme of 'I Don't Know How ...' leaves viewers feeling own fatigue

It's exhausting, but that's sort of the idea.

September 15, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Drive' a tension-filled wild ride, accelerated by its idling quiet

'Drive' a tension-filled wild ride, accelerated by its idling quiet

If you want to make your getaway, you need to play it cool. No squealing tires. No panic at the first sign of the police.

September 15, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Lion King' roars into theaters with a little more dimension

'Lion King' roars into theaters with a little more dimension

Nobody really knew Matthew Broderick could sing, back in the early '90s. Still, it's a little bit of a surprise to recall that Disney used somebody else to do his crooning in 1994's "The Lion King." A year later, Broderick would storm Broadway in the musical revival "How to Succeed in Busine…

September 15, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Mixed martial arts may look barbaric, but film required careful choreography

Mixed martial arts may look barbaric, but film required careful choreography

ORLANDO, Fla. - With two muscular, physical actors brimming with testosterone cast as brawling brothers in "Warrior," the set of the mixed martial arts drama could have been trash-talk central.

September 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Warrior,' an old-school fight movie, is the best mixed martial arts film

'Warrior,' an old-school fight movie, is the best mixed martial arts film

One brother's a schoolteacher who struggles to keep home and family together in hard economic times.

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'Orgy' has its laughs, but characters aren't anything you can connect with

"A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is a sex romp that flops around more than it romps.

September 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Bland 'Seven Days' par for the course

In "Seven Days in Utopia," a mild-mannered young golfer has a mild meltdown in the middle of a tournament. That's followed by seven days of perspective-patching among mild-mannered God-fearing folk in rural Texas. Faith and "fore" walk hand in hand - sort of - in this soft-centered faith-bas…

September 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Alien-invasion film thrilling, by jove

Alien-invasion film thrilling, by jove

The low-budget British aliens-invade-the-hood thriller "Attack the Block" reminded me of Rick's famous line in "Casablanca," his reply when Major Strasser asks about how he'll feel with the Nazis in New York.

August 25, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Beats, Rhymes' may be good watch for hip-hop fans, but it's a tad insider

'Beats, Rhymes' may be good watch for hip-hop fans, but it's a tad insider

We're deep enough into the hip-hop era when a group can become a hip-hop "oldies act," guys bouncing around the stage "spittin' rhymes" in their 40s. Like any other oldies act, they're up there reliving the days when their songs were hits, and their fans are remembering those days with them.

August 25, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

In spy talk, this one's a sleeper

The scratch-and-sniff "Aroma-Scope" gimmick of "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" didn't work. Maybe I just got a defective card, but the scents you're supposed to smell when the number flashes on the screen and you scratch the corresponding number on your card all smell like burnt artifi…

August 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Fright Night' revives vampire fun

'Fright Night' revives vampire fun

This violent and violently funny vampire tale covers no new ground, sporting the same jokey tone as the original. But there's a quirky sensibility that we might attribute to director Craig Gillespie, who gave us the gently twisted "Lars and the Real Girl."

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Wistful, melancholic 'One Day' ultimately a disappointing romance

Wistful, melancholic 'One Day' ultimately a disappointing romance

Not a lot of love affairs, real or cinematic, can have it said of them that they end better than they begin. But "One Day" ends with a heartfelt flourish that was sorely missing from its first 90 minutes.

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Gleeful 'Glee' should satisfy devoted fans

Gleeful 'Glee' should satisfy devoted fans

Haters, head for the door. But Gleeks? Get your "Glee" on.

August 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Audacious 'Apes' opens today

Audacious, violent and disquieting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.

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A big hairy upgrade, digital-wise

A big hairy upgrade, digital-wise

ORLANDO, Fla. - "I don't think there's such a thing as a performance-capture or motion-capture actor," Andy Serkis says. "Any actor can do it. I've just embraced it, is all."

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Audacious 'Apes' is a stunning sequel

Audacious, violent and disquieting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.

August 04, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Crazy, Stupid, Love' taps another word: funny

'Crazy, Stupid, Love' taps another word: funny

Ryan Gosling is ripped, randy and risible in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," an ensemble romantic farce that has the "serious" actor let his funny flag fly.

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'The Undefeated' plays like an infomercial Film attempts to set Palin's record straight, ignores negatives, criticism

"The Undefeated" is a slick 110-minute version of those political convention films - hagiographies - so it's not exactly an objective take on its subject, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It's just her and her friends "setting the record straight."

July 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Plot deficiencies aside, simmering 'Double Hour' an engrossing thriller

Plot deficiencies aside, simmering 'Double Hour' an engrossing thriller

Here's a modest and modestly effective Italian thriller with a supernatural twist.

July 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Captain America' a top summer film

'Captain America' a top summer film

There is so much "business" that the fourth big comic-book movie adaptation of the summer has to take care of that frankly, it's astounding that director Joe "Jumanji" Johnston is able to take care of it all, and with style.

July 21, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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