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‘Museum Hours’ celebrates life and culture

by Isabella Place

September 22, 2013

Writer and director Jem Cohen's part foreign, part art film “Museum Hours” emphasizes the emotions displayed when it comes to visitor-employee relations at a museum. Chance encounters that lead to general conversations spark...

Summer flick brings laughs, emotion way way back

by David Dixon

July 7, 2013

Charlie Chaplin’s legendary silent film “The Kid” began with the opening words, “A comedy with a smile – and perhaps a tear.” That classic line is a perfect way to describe the refreshing coming-of-age story “The Way...

‘Killing Them Softly’ has more style, less substance

by Andrew Younger

December 5, 2012

With nary a mention of Roberta Flack or the miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the ironically titled “Killing Them Softly” boasts enough violent outbursts to make the beatdown in Martin Scorcese’s “Casino” look like a grade...

‘Red Dawn’ is a sloppy, stupid, jingoistic mess of a film

by Andrew Younger

November 27, 2012

When Cold War fetishist John Milius wrote and directed the original “Red Dawn” in 1984, his fantasy of high school students using misplaced machismo to repel a Soviet invasion possessed  enough testicular fortitude to make Russkies...

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ delivers

by Kenneth Leonard

November 9, 2012

There was a time when Steven Spielberg’s movies were the biggest entertainment events of the year. Blockbusters such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park” and “Saving Private Ryan,” served to shape and define American...

though not a shoe-in, ‘Argo’ aims for Oscar

by Andrew Younger

October 11, 2012

Director Ben Affleck’s Oscar-baiting new film “Argo” combines period piece prestige with displays of self-congratulatory Hollywood mythologizing. In other words, the only way Affleck could court the Academy any further would be...