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This Superman settles scores. And takes his shirt off.
They met on a Vienna-bound train, and fell in love with each other over a long night’s talk in “Before Sunrise.” Nine years later, they reconnected in Paris and fell in love all over again, no matter how much more complicated their lives had turned.
In “This Is the End,” a horror comedy about the apocalypse, a slaphappy bunch of funky comedy stars play themselves before and after Hollywood burns. It’s a gross-out extravaganza, with comic heroes and antiheroes who are more like pathetic victims, effects that echo torture-streaked horror films as well as the Book of Revelations, and a generally debauched sensibility.
There’s an unadulterated joy in the re-teaming of those fast-talking “Wedding Crashers” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a wholesome novelty in their playing laid-off salesmen forced to do what millions of Americans have had to do in the past six years — reinvent themselves.
Henry James was onto something more than 100 years ago when he zeroed in on the true victim and best observer of a divorce – a child – in his book “What Maisie Knew.”
“Kon-Tiki” needed to be made for the simple reason that the world needs to remember that real scientific adventure existed long before George Lucas dreamed up Indiana Jones.
Few boys and girls grow up to meet, let alone continue to admire, their childhood heroes. But Pacific Lutheran University professor and archaeologist Don Ryan did just that — and went on to become his hero’s right-hand man.
Effortless and effervescent, “Frances Ha” is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that’s true. It’s a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she might, can’t quite get her life together.
The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors in “Now You See Me,” a super-slick new magicians’ heist picture that demonstrates, once again, how tough it is to make “magic” work as a movie subject.
Bad movies are rarely as much fun as these “Fast and the Furious” pictures. Just make no mistake about it – they’re bad.
“At Any Price” is an engrossing if somewhat over-the-top trouble on the farm melodrama. The troubles facing this corner of Iowa fall just short of Biblical as they pack in everything but a drought and plagues of locusts.
Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, “Epic” is a children’s animated film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be.
Slow, sentimental and somewhat sedated, the third Hangover movie isnt so much exhausted of outrageous Oh no, they DIDNT! ideas as it is spent of energy. And they knew it, too. The only raunchy moment is stuffed into the closing credits, a we forgot to do that afterthought. They know theyre done. They just want to make sure we know.
“Barbara” is a terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything out there.
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