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Movie Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A lived-in performance by Gary Oldman is a standout in the taut espionage ensemble Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (B+). The film’s slow-boil pace and period detail are rewarding as members of the British intelligence elite dodge double-crosses with duplicitous Cold

Posted in 2011

Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen hits a late-career spark of comedic bliss with the supernatural romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (B) featuring Owen Wilson as a man who steps back in time to turn of the century France where he encounters a famous

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Movie Review: Contagion

NOTE: 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control. Many believe this film is a very accurate depiction of the CDC in action. The show “On Second Thought” on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s NPR radio will examine the

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Movie Review: Take This Waltz

Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz (A) presents a beguiling choice for its female protagonist (a mesmerizing Michelle Williams): does she stay with the husband she knows and loves (Seth Rogen) or pursue the charming guy she just met who seems

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Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (A-) is a magnificent thriller mashed up with a prequel that manages to showcase how superheroes helped avert the Cuban Missile Crisis. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender play young versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto

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Movie Review: Thor

Director Kenneth Branagh is a bit of an inspired choice to helm the sword and corcery on a faraway planet comic book epic Thor (B), which pits Chris Hemsworth as the titular hero against bad boy brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

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Movie Review: Water for Elephants

Although pretty as a postcard, Water for Elephants (C-) is as formulaic as a tale can be that blends animal cruelty and forbidden love. At pachydrm pace, this three-ring melodrama fails to ring true. Robert Pattinson has acting skills on

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Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids (B+) is a gut-busting comedy about women behaving badly. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are standouts in this ensemble about ladies going a little nuts on the path to a friend’s wedding. Gross-out gags, witty lines and

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Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger (B-) is an old-fashioned comic book adventure with Chris Evans as a weakling who volunteers for an experiment that turns him into a super-soldier in WWII and ultimately a superhero. Evans is appealing

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Movie Review: Shame (2011)

Steve McQueen’s Shame (A-) is a tough and gritty look at sexual addition through a central character played by Michael Fassbender in a fierce and primal performance. His disturbing relationship with all women in the film, including with his sister

Posted in 2011

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