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Film Review: The Theory of Everything

A Stephen Hawking love story that is generating some Oscar buzz

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This year, there is a lot of Oscar talk surrounding Eddie Redmayne.  If you aren’t familiar with his name, then you might have seen him in 2012′s Les Miserables.  He had an important part in that film, but was simply just buried under a cast list that included the likes of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell […]

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Tag-Team Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

This Revolution Burns Out Before It Ever Catches Fire.

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JIM TUDOR: “They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you!” So gushes glitzy-ditzy Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), as our heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) steps into the role of Hero Of The Revolution. It’s a good line, and it comes straight from the book which The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I […]

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Remembering Mike Nichols

"The Vision That Was Planted In My Brain Still Remains..."

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  Where have you gone, Mike Nichols? That was a likely question from many fans of the celebrated late 1950s/early 1960s comedy duo Nichols and (Elaine) May, once the group broke up, and the former turned to filmmaking. But more than that, it was the type of films that Nichols would make that would turn […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

A TECHNICOLOR TUESDAYS Special

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Technicolor Tuesdays III. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939, MGM, dir. Victor Fleming) “There’s no place like home.” Memo responding to MGM producer, Mervyn LeRoy; freelance publicity consultant, “Speed” Jinxton McNab… Well, sir, following the departure of three directors (George Cukor, King Vidor, Richard Thorpe), four stars (Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin, W.C. Fields, Buddy Ebsen), and […]

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Reel Theology: The Gospel of Big Hero 6

Children's films and the larger meaning of life

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“All truth is God’s truth” This is a paraphrase from the writings of Augustine of Hippo.  Augustine was speaking of men who knew the truth but did not acknowledge God.  His statement was that “wherever truth may be found” it belonged to the Master…..God.  And thus a saying was born.  It has been used throughout […]

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Film Review: Dumb & Dumber To (Rob’s Take)

I'm Telling You There's A Chance...

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  Fans of 1994’s endlessly quotable, toilet humor romp “Dumb and Dumber” should think twice before being swayed by the recent negative critical reception of its follow up sequel “Dumb and Dumber To,” a comedy that’s taken 20 years to move into production. After all, it’s not like the original 1994 film wasn’t critically panned […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: Four from W.C. Fields

A SLAPSTICK SUNDAYS! Special

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Slapstick Sundays III. INTERNATIONAL HOUSE/THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY/IT’S A GIFT/NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1933, 1934, 1934, 1941; Paramount/Universal; dir(s). A. Edward Sutherland, William Beaudine, Norman McLeod, Edward Cline) “Godfrey Daniel!” “Mother-of-Pearl!” “Shades of Bacchus!” “Meshach and Abednego!” “Suffering Sciatica!” “DRAT!” October 1938 Issue of “Motion Picture Play”; Rumor-Monger Extraordinaire, Sneed Hern… “WIZARD Destroys […]

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Film Review: ROSEWATER

Jon Stewart Pours His Serious Side Into True Tale Of Oppression

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In a world of TV reality, and reality TV, it certainly says something that a personality as visible and as successful as Jon Stewart is would see fit to put TV completely aside in order to focus on cinema. Stewart famously took a hiatus from his high-profile cushy gig as host of Comedy Central’s The […]

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Film Review: Camp X-Ray

Is Kristen Stewart's career stuck in Guantanamo, or is this her "Breaking Dawn" as an actor?

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Kristen Stewart’s career is somewhat stalled following the incident involving her and her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupurt Sanders.  K-Stew, as she has been dubbed, has been in somewhat of a holding pattern following her success as Bella Swan in the popular Twilight series.  Snow White was a hit as well, but largely […]