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A modest proposal: ban computer-generated effects in movies for a year

 May 13, 2014

As I was watching a series of coming attractions recently, I was struck by how every release seemed to be just an amalgam of computer-generated special effects.


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"Anchorman 2": Swapping joke for joke

 February 24, 2014

This is genius. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" will be back in movie theaters this week — but it’ll be a little different.
Scratch that.


It’s the ’80s again!

 February 12, 2014

I love the ’80s, but, really, this is too much.
This week, three movies are opening that are remakes of films made in the 1980s.
The unholy trinity are:...


Trailer trouble at the cinema

 January 29, 2014

Well, here's good news: the National Association of Theatre Owners is going to start restricting movie trailers to no more than two minutes each.
They also want trailers to show for no more than 150...


Who'll win the Golden Globes?

 January 10, 2014

It's time for the most fun awards show of the year!
The Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday, and it's always enjoyable — even more so with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to host. (It airs...


Ratings madness and Dame Judi Dench

 November 25, 2013

Nothing screams "R rating" like a film starring Judi Dench.
Dench’s latest movie, "Philomena," which opens at several theaters in our region on Wednesday, first earned an...


Holy Affleck, Batman!

 August 23, 2013

No, Ben, say it ain’t so!
I was chagrined, to say the least, when I heard that Ben Affleck had signed on to be the next Batman.
Way to undermine your renewed...


“The Butler” beats “Kick-Ass 2” — hurrah!

 August 20, 2013

Every once in a while, my faith in humanity is restored
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" was expected to bring in around the same amount of money this past weekend as "Kick-Ass 2.


Pow! Bam! Is that all there is to “Elysium”?

 August 12, 2013

Please, Hollywood, enough with the dystopian sci-fi flicks!
This year, we’ve been inundated with action thrillers that are set in an unhappy future — "Pacific Rim," "After...


Ellen DeGeneres back to host Oscars

 August 2, 2013

Earlier this year, snarky, envelope-pushing Seth MacFarlane hosted the Academy Awards.
It was just announced that, next year, nice, likeable-to-all Ellen DeGeneres will do the honors.


Singing the praises of summer’s smaller films

 August 2, 2013

Let’s hear it for the little movies!
Often, a small, umassuming summer film turns into a sleeper hit. "Little Miss Sunshine" is a perfect example. Or "Moonrise...


Do you agree with Spike Lee?

 July 31, 2013

As a professor teaching film at New York University, Spike Lee hands out to students a list of what he considers "the greatest films ever made." He sees these as required viewing for those who want to become directors.


Arts editor Kristina Dorsey blogs about movies.



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