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THE WATCH

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THE WATCH

When neighborhood watching becomes awesome
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill
Directed by Akiva Schaffer

Faced with the unenviable task of coming on the heels of the biggest movie opening of all time as well as being a reminder of the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting “The Watch” was basically going to rest on the likable charisma of its lead actors. This is the type of R-rated comedy you want to see from Stiller, Vaughn, and Hill and yet the comedy struck me as largely innocuous. Evan (Ben Stiller) ... more >

FILM NOIR WEEKENDER – Detour (1945)

And a little movie history to boot
Tom Neal and Ann Savage
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

Scroll down too quickly YouTube’s movie list and you might miss hidden gems such as “Detour,” the 1945 Edgar G. Ulmer B-movie about a loser struggling to free himself, without much conviction, from the successive traps he falls into. About “Detour,” Roger Ebert had this insightful comment: “The difference between a crime film and a noir film is that the bad guys in crime movies know they're bad ... more >

Dark Knight a right-winger’s dream? NOT LIKELY

Bane creator Chuck Dixon calls himself a "lifelong conservative"

Hollywood's influence over popular culture and politics is hard to deny. In this election period Republicans have been getting revved up over "The Dark Knight Rises" (reviewed in this week's edition by Kevin Bowen) because of a recent controversy. Some members of the party have accused Bane, the villain, of being a Mitt Romney clone. The ultra-conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh defended the ... more >

The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises

Disguised as entertainment it feel like a foreboding prophecy
Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard
Directed by Christopher Nolan

UPDATE - Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of the Denver theater shooting. We were  saddened by this tragic event. If “Inception“ found Christopher Nolan debating whether to surrender, Tarkovsky-like, the real world for the deepest levels of imagination, “The Dark Knight” Rises finds him already having taken the plunge. Where would you rather be as a musclebound ... more >

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe gets stuck in the friends zone

"The F Word" will begin shooting in mid-August in Canada

According to a story in Variety Daniel Radcliffe will soon appear in a new romantic comedy called "The F Word." In it he plays a young man trapped in the "friend zone" with a charming young lady who's in a relationship with someone else. A theme previously encountered in "No Strings Attached" starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher the complexity of men-women friends relationships seems to be ... more >