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Oct 04 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: GRAVITY

By | October 4th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|6 Comments

What is it about Sandra Bullock and one-word titles that place her at the mercy of out of control modes of transport? In GRAVITY the vehicle is a space "bus" of sorts, thousands of light years away from the earthbound thrills of the movie that put her on the map--SPEED. Written and directed by Alfonso [...]

Aug 21 2013

AT THE MOVIES: BLUE JASMINE, ELYSIUM, 2 GUNS, WE’RE THE MILLERS, WOLVERINE

By | August 21st, 2013|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|3 Comments

I have just seen the first OSCAR WORTHY performance by an actress this year-- or any year: Cate Blanchett in BLUE JASMINE--Woody's latest and absolutely one of his best films, ever. It's become a cliche that writer/director Woody Allen's work had hit the doldrums critically for a bit, and lately, everything he's doing has been [...]

Jul 26 2013

SUMMER MOVIES: BEST (& worst) OF THE REST…

By | July 26th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Joyce's Choices, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|2 Comments

I've yet to see THE WOLVERINE and believe I am the LONE CRITIC who loved THE LONE RANGER. Here's the best & worst of the rest so far: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM--This revealing, heartbreaking documentary charts the careers, hopes, dreams, disappointments of the back-up singers who literally stand inches away from center stage-the voices behind [...]

Jun 20 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: MAN OF STEEL

By | June 20th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Movies, Science Fiction|4 Comments

This time around, Superman has not only lost his red underpants, he's lost his identity-- and he used to have two! Remember Christopher Reeve's charming, bumbling Clark Kent who kept his cape under wraps around Margot Kidder's sassy Lois Lane, that is-- just until he'd explode out of his glasses and suit in order to [...]

May 21 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

By | May 21st, 2013|Action & Adventure, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

Loved this--and  I am not a Trekker, have never been on a spacecraft, or had an out of body experience (OK maybe once) but I love an exciting cinematic romp through outer space, and after seeing STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS I left the theater feeling like my car was the Starship Enterprise (and if you [...]

Apr 29 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: OBLIVION

By | April 29th, 2013|Movies, Science Fiction|1 Comment

The latest Tom Cruise film OBLIVION in which the superstar once again saves the world is a muted, muddled sci-fi fandango that finds Tom tangling with his identity. There are those who think the now eerily youthful looking Cruise seems more plastic than ever. No matter how many times I've see him on a talk [...]

Oct 22 2012

MOVIE REVIEWS:THE PAPERBOY/LOOPER/PITCH PERFECT

By | October 22nd, 2012|Comedy, Drama, Movies, Musicals, Science Fiction|0 Comments

THE PAPERBOY--OMG. This is the darkest thing I've seen in years. I'm calling it "swamp noir." Written and directed by Lee Daniels who gave us the acclaimed PRECIOUS, THE PAPERBOY gets even murkier. The film held me in its terrible grip for more than two hours. Evocatively shot and compellingly told, THE PAPERBOY features an A-list [...]

Aug 09 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: “TOTAL RECALL”

By | August 9th, 2012|Action & Adventure, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|0 Comments

Though I saw TOTAL RECALL a mere 48 hours ago, my recollection of it is less than total.  I do remember Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel walloping the daylights out of each other.  And, as is usually the case in these sorts of action thrillers, neither of them so much as dislodges her lip gloss-- [...]

Jul 03 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

By | July 3rd, 2012|Action & Adventure, Movies, Science Fiction|0 Comments

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN--a redo of Sam Raimi's 2002 SPIDER-MAN starring Tobey Maguire--is better and worse. Raimi's was a darker, more interesting and resonant film, but Andrew Garfield is my preferred Spidey.  Garfield has the narrowest body on the big screen today; when he suits up,  he seems barely wider than the silver filaments he casts [...]