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‘Angry’ sunk by Cage’s bad acting

by Carmen Splane

February 27, 2011

Nicolas Cage’s all-out assault on cinema goes in for its second kill in the 3-D disaster known as “Drive Angry.” Earlier this year, Cage’s “Season of the Witch” scarred the eyes and minds of thousands, and just when it seemed the worst was over, “Drive ...

Brilliant acting by Neeson can’t save forced ‘Unknown’

by David Dixon

February 22, 2011

Many films tend to succeed if there is an original and unique conclusion. It is always a pleasure to follow sympathetic characters on a journey that leads to unpredictable destinations. “Unknown,” based on the novel ...

Oscar Short Films impress audiences

by Carmen Splane

February 17, 2011

The Academy’s annual wooing of the masses with Oscar nominations has stretched over into the short film category. Oscar-nominated short films are usually among the most eclectic and least seen of all the nominees, but this year...

‘The Housemaid’ falls short of expectations

by Andrew Younger

February 16, 2011

An affluent husband's hands glide across the black and white keys of a baby grand piano with the dexterity of a concert pianist while a wife wearing black and a maid dressed in white look on. This overt symbolism for the dangerous liaisons that transpire between them is repeated throughout the film and represents the height of subtlety for director Im Sang-soo's ...

Portman and Kutcher shine in racy comedy

by Sarah Grieco

January 24, 2011

Now that it’s past the date for Oscar submissions, Hollywood can start having some fun and dole out the less serious films. “No Strings Attached,” one of the first truly good romantic comedies to hit the silver screen t...

PASS THE POPCORN: A classical ballet film with a horrifying twist

by Staff

December 21, 2010

The hotly anticipated dance flick lives up to high expectations By Carmen Splane, Staff Contributor Director Darren Aronofsky's days of being snubbed by the Academy are finally finished. Paving the way for his Oscar redemption was 2008's "...

PASS THE POPCORN: ‘The Fighter’ serves up title shots and body shots

by Staff

December 21, 2010

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg star as boxing brothers in new film By Maggie Pehanick, Entertainment Editor There is something off about Director David O. Russell's new boxing flick, aside from Christian Bale's meth-affected eye contact. Bale's character, Dicky E...

PASS THE POPCORN: ‘Tiny Furniture’ leaves a big impression

by Staff

December 8, 2010

By Morgan Denno, Staff Writer Aura (Lena Dunham) is suffering from self-professed postgraduate delirium, a phase all college students inevitably experience after graduation. It serves as a warning to postgrads that after those four, sometimes five years of higher education, t...

PASS THE POPCORN: Cher and Aguilera lead a fun, flirty musical

by Staff

November 29, 2010

By Morgan Denno, Staff Writer Ali, played by Christina Aguilera, is from the middle of nowhere in Iowa, but all she wants to do is move to the big city and become a star. Sound familiar? What seems like a stale plot was thankfully revived for the highly anticipated musical of the ...

PASS THE POPCORN: ‘Tangled’ marks the return of the princess

by Staff

November 21, 2010

By Maggie Pehanick, Entertainment Editor Remember the days when Disney used to be all about the princess story? When all the girls clamored to get the new Jasmine or Mulan costume for Halloween? Well, many of today’s kid...

PASS THE POPCORN: The beginning of the end for Potter and friends

by Staff

November 18, 2010

By Sarah Grieco, Managing Editor Muggles, beware: “Nowhere is safe,” declares the tagline for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” To keep this review on the short side, it might be best to ask a question: Want to see an amazing movie? If so,...

PASS THE POPCORN: Popular children’s franchise matures with December’s ‘Voyage’

by Staff

November 18, 2010

By Carmen Splane, Staff Contributor The third installment of the family friendly franchise treads on familiar ground in yet another mystifying tale of fantasy and wonder. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” seems less violent than the second installment but possibly just as dark. Th...