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Movie Review: ‘Dark Skies’

In Theaters “Dark Skies,” written and directed by Scott Stewart, 97 minutes, rated PG-13. Writer-director Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”), who is known more for his work in visual effects than directing, doesn’t understand how to make a good horror movie. … Continue reading

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Movie Review/Rant: “The Avengers” (2012)

“The Avengers,” written by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon, directed by Whedon, 143 minutes, rated PG-13. I’ll be the first to admit that I was an “Avengers” doubter, right up until days before its release. I had high hopes, of … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘The Artist’ (2011)

In theaters “The Artist,” written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, 100 minutes, rated PG-13. In the always-evolving and opportunistic world of Hollywood, it can be difficult to gauge which cinematic innovations are genuine advancements in the medium, and which are … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ (2012)

In theaters “The Secret World of Arrietty,” written by Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa and Mary Norton (novel “The Borrowers”), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 94 minutes, rated G. Based on “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” tells … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘The Grey’ (2012)

In theaters “The Grey,” written by Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay and short story “Ghost Walker”), directed by Carnahan, 117 minutes, rated R. When “The Grey,” the latest movie from Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces,” “Narc”), pits man against nature, … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ (2011)

In theaters “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” written by Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan and John le Carre (novel), directed by Tomas Alfredson, 127 minutes, rated R. The difference between good and great espionage thrillers can be like night and day. “Tinker … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘The Innkeepers’ (2011)

In theaters and On Demand “The Innkeepers,” written and directed by Ti West, 100 minutes, rated R. By Anthony Crabtree, Guest Blogger I remember the first time I read about Ti West — it was in a Film Comment article … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘Like Crazy’ (2011)

“Like Crazy,” written by Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, directed by Doremus, 90 minutes, rated PG-13. A little over a year ago, I was interviewing writer-director Drake Doremus about his film “Douchebag” when he mentioned a movie he was … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘New Year’s Eve’ (2011)

“New Year’s Eve,” written by Katherine Fugate, directed by Garry Marshall, 118 minutes, rated PG-13. Before going into “New Year’s Eve,” the gimmicky follow-up to Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day,” there are a few unmistakable red flags: The first is that … Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘Take Shelter’ (2011)

In theaters “Take Shelter,” written and directed by Jeff Nichols, 120 minutes, rated R. There’s a storm brewing in “Take Shelter,” the latest film from relative newcomer Jeff Nichols, and it’s not coming from the clouds, but from the mind. … Continue reading

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