Browsing all articles from March, 2013.

Starbuck

* * * 1/2 Starbuck is the kind of movie certain cynical critics love to pooh-pooh, and which audiences love to love. Guess which one is out of touch? A warm human comedy wrapped up in the guise of a sitcom, the French-Canadian hit, about a forty-two-year-old Montreal slacker who unexpectedly grows up after discovering […]

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The Entertainer, Mr. Maltin and Me: Hollywood Grand Dame Mitzi Gaynor on Classic South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Crown Jewel and Unabashedly Romantic Social Critique

It’s not every day you find yourself chatting with the legendary Mitzi Gaynor, an entertainer bar none who, at 81, still has an ageless combination of wit, style, humor and, well, sizzle, that she had 55 years ago as kind-hearted romantic Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s forward thinking heroine at the heart of the […]

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Spring Breakers

* * The not so fine line between satirizing and wallowing in excessive tits, ass and gunplay informs the wannabe provocation Spring Breakers, about four teenaged bimbos conquering South Florida in a hail of hedonism, or something like that. Written and directed by Harmony Korine (Gummo, screenwriter of Kids) as some sort of demented take […]

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The Call

* * * 1/2 By all rights, The Call—starring Halle Berry as a frantically overpermed 911 operator trying to save the life of a kidnapped teen—shouldn’t have been this good.  Featuring a committed performance from its star and shrewdly effective direction from indie filmmaker Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9), trading up to the world […]

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Actor Chaske Spencer Uses Rising Twilight Star to Promote Change, Positive Images for Native Americans

As Sam Uley, the leader of The Twilight Saga’s feral—and uniformly handsome—wolf pack, actor Chaske Spencer has spent the better part of the last decade starring in one of the most popular film franchises of all time, a high-profile role requiring equal parts physique and physical. Yet there is much more to Spencer, a thoughtful […]

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Oz: The Great and Powerful

* * The bombastic CGI epic Oz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco as a two-bit Kansas magician circa 1905 who becomes an unlikely wizard, is a let-down, a movie so consumed by technology that its spirit gets crushed.  A prequel to Victor Fleming’s beloved 1939 The Wizard of […]

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Stoker

* * * The flower of evil grows within a teen girl in Stoker, a deliriously stylized psychological thriller from Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), about some increasingly disturbing family dynamics that take root after the husband and father’s accidental death. But that’s not really what Stoker is about, no—it’s about a camera, moving in […]

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