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BOOM KAPOW | IT’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Are C.G. asteroid sets under timeshare agreement?
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper
Directed by James Gunn

As a critic it’s important to remember that there have always been bad movies. While Godard was at his peak and Arthur Penn and Warren Beatty were making "Bonnie and Clyde," Hollywood was unrolling horrible Cold War spoofs and beach blanket movies. The bad fade. The good last. It gets really hard sometimes. I tried to keep that in mind while suffering through "Guardians of the Galaxy," the ... more >

BLOOD TIES

Brooklyn family drama engrosses Cannes

If “Blood Ties” by Guillaume Canet hits all the right notes it’s probably because the partition is a familiar one: an Italian-American family drama based in New York, the gangster’s life, one final hit before I retire. This is a genre in itself. Starring in no particular order Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard and Billy Crudup, “Ties” also include Clive Owen in the role of the bad guy. ... more >

Controversy surrounds Nina Simone biopic

Bloggers ignite the mic

"Not black enough." That's the argument being leveled at the decision to cast Zoe Saldana in the role of Nina Simone for an upcoming Cynthia Mort biopic entitled "Nina" about the troubling songbird. Sadly, it is a tenet of Hollywood that lighter-skinned actors are more bankable. Here's what the Coffee Rhetoric blog wrote about this: "Black actresses have a difficult enough time navigating the ... more >

The Words | REVIEW

Plagiarize at your own peril
Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana
Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal

“The Words” is a nested film with three intertwined stories about writers and as such will be followed with rapt attention by any writer in the audience. Whether anyone else will be interested in a movie filled with good intentions but whirring on empty, I’m not sure. For starters, Montreal once again trying to pass off as Paris once again feels off. But then, the entire movie—by first-timers ... more >

Colombiana

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Avatar

Neo-colonialism Hollywood-style. I'm just saying.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver
Directed by James Cameron

In the many early raves for James Cameron’s Avatar, one critic compared the film to the first major talkie, 'The Jazz Singer.' Not a bad comparison. The 1927 audience for that film was undoubtedly astounded by that first magic sprinkling of sound onto film. Yet 1927 happens to be the greatest year for silent filmmaking. Few would think of 'The Jazz Singer' as being artistically in the same league ... more >