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Jul 01 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: TED

By | July 1st, 2012|Comedy, Fantasy, Movies|5 Comments

In 2010 Mark Wahlberg starred as a tough young boxer in THE FIGHTER. The summer of 2012 finds him knocking the stuffing out of a teddy bear in the box office champ this weekend: TED. The teddy bear movie is a lot raunchier-- and miraculously-- engrossing despite its lunatic premise.  In TED, Wahlberg stars as [...]

Jun 16 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

By | June 16th, 2012|Drama, Family, Fantasy|0 Comments

I've always had a soft spot for Snow White. She was the only fairy tale princess I'd heard of who wasn't blonde, and the Disney cartoon was the first movie I ever saw as a child. I was entranced. I have taken all my fashion cues from her since then. Black haired beauties with white [...]

Feb 29 2012

THIS JUST IN: MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS trailer!

By | February 29th, 2012|Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Trailers|0 Comments

Marvel's THE AVENGERS kicks off the summer movie season May 4!  But this LEAP DAY--you can see all your favorite action heroes in the new trailer starring:   Robert Downey Jr, (IRON MAN), Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Mark Ruffalo (BRUCE BANNER), Chris Hemsworth (THOR),  Scarlett Johansson (BLACK WIDOW),  Jeremy Renner (HAWKEYE), Tom Hiddleston (LOKI), and [...]

Dec 01 2011

MOVIE: HUGO

By | December 1st, 2011|Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies|2 Comments

HUGO is not the first "family" film ever directed by Martin Scorsese.  But it may be the first "family" film he's directed that didn't involve wiseguys shoving bodies in trunks in between mouthfuls of lasagna. Over the years,  Scorsese has focused his lens on various milieus that have their own special kinds of violence--  GOODFELLAS, [...]

Nov 23 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN

By | November 23rd, 2011|Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN is the single most effective antidote to teen pregnancy I've ever seen. It's cinematic birth control. Send your teenagers.  I saw it Monday afternoon in a theater with mostly single older ladies and one mother/daughter pair who apparently had not read the books; they looked shell-shocked as the credits rolled. The film [...]

Oct 02 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: 50/50! PLUS– MY FALL MOVIE PREVIEW!

By | October 2nd, 2011|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Thriller, War|0 Comments

I just became a contributor to EXHALE magazine and here's my first article all about the Fall Movie Season beginning with 50/50! (Ironically I am also a 3X cancer survivor, and am the subject of a separate feature story in the same issue of EXHALE about that experience.) Now that the car crashes of summer [...]

Jul 15 2011

MOVIE: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

By | July 15th, 2011|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

I saw it 4 nights ago, and as I emerged from the theater I heard a sniffling 17 year old girl in Potter garb exclaim through her tears, "My childhood is over and nobody cares." That sums up the fantastically successful Harry Potter series for a generation of fans who came of age along with [...]

Nov 19 2010

MOVIE: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

By | November 19th, 2010|Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I is a shocking surprise. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at, and the decision to turn the final book into two movies turns out to have been brilliant. What I at first thought was merely a greedy ploy to prolong the life expectancy of this cash cow [...]

Oct 26 2010

MOVIE: HEREAFTER

By | October 26th, 2010|Drama, Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

Clint Eastwood, that long, lean, laconic cowboy of yesteryear, is thinking about death. In HEREAFTER he has crafted a movie that gently explores the subject of what lies beyond with soulful brevity and a flood of emotion; it begins with a violent tidal wave and ends in a wash of tenderness. Three stories gradually and [...]