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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Oct 222013
 
The Conjuring

  Ready for good, old-fashioned scares and frights — sans torture, gore and porn? Then "The Conjuring" is for you. Here's a horror film that relies on editing and story line for its creepiness — it's scares come from closing doors and creaking floors, much like the great horror films before special effects made it … More

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Oct 222013
 
Only God Forgives

  Director Nicolas Winding Refn's much-anticipated follow-up to 2011's "Drive" wasn't what most people expected: Yes it was dark, as was "Drive," but it was way more sleazier, dirtier and weirder. There's no likeable characters here nor any redemption, but there's definitely a tour-de-force performance by Kristin Scott Thomas. Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive … More

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Oct 222013
 
The Internship

  Some movies are an embarrassment of riches. Some movies are just an embarrassment. This one falls under the latter category. This comedy — about a pair of old-fashioned, outmoded salesmen (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who talk their way into an internship program at the state-of-the-art Google campus, where they must compete against tech-savvy … More

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Oct 152013
 
Pacific Rim

  Guillermo del Toro has come a long way since "Mimic" (1997) and "The Devil's Backbone" (2001). His horror instinct led him to direct "Hellboy" (2004) and the award-winning "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006) and write "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" as well as the "Hobbit" outings (and produce a host of horror and dark dramas). … More

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Oct 152013
 
The Heat

  Even in this enlightened era, female buddy movies are far and few in between — so it's a pleasure to have two top comediennes join forces to tear up the big screen with outrageous bits and wild shtick. It's a great concept picture: Take sassy, foul-mouthed Melissa McCarthy and slapstick-savvy Sandra Bullock and cast … More

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Oct 102013
 
Europa Report

  "Europa Report" is one of the new breed of thrillers (using any combination of "documentary" story-telling, video camera footage, talking heads and real-time action) that has brought us "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" outings, "Cloverfield," "Apollo 18" and "Troll Hunter." Though this science fiction actioner puts a lot of emphasis on science … More

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Oct 102013
 
Much Ado About Nothing

  Speaking of vanity projects, here's one that works: director Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," a delightful Shakespearean romp gussied up in 21st century garb and surroundings with 21st century sensuality and looks. The film was shot in just 12 days (using the original text), in secret, while Whedon was working on "Marvel's The … More

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Oct 102013
 
After Earth

  In "After Earth," Jaden Smith stars as Kitai Raige, the failed cadet son of the zen-like general of the United Ranger Corps (Will Smith in a god-like role as Cypher Raige), the military arm of a human race transplanted onto a new world after destroying the Earth 1,000 years earlier. But the kid gets … More

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Oct 102013
 
The Hangover Part III

  For "The Hangover Part III," director Todd Phillips and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong reunited for a little "hair of the dog" to pad their checking accounts one last time. In this nasty sequel, the guys of the Wolfpack are happily married and content with their lives … More

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Oct 102013
 
The Purge

  "The Purge" combines the best of several thriller genres all in one fairly tightly directed and acted outing: there's the near-futuristic "Clockwork Orange" violence-for-violence's- sake scenario, a home-invasion-by-strangers attack, and a "Straw Dogs's" fight-back retaliation. In the near future, in order to reduce crime in America, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period … More

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