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Just ‘In Time’

It’s exactly as it advertises itself to be, except there are even more gratuitous chase scenes in the sci-fi thriller, which is fine if you like gratuitous chase scenes. Re: Amanda Seyfried, stunning as ever; a shame her only expression … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the undead – in lit and at the movies

A zombie jamboree In a show of solidarity with our Another Hole in the Head cover package, let’s talk zombies. I addressed the slow- vs. fast-moving zombie controversy in another column. Now, it’s not the speed that matters but the … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: Winslet, DiCaprio bright spots in bleak ‘Revolutionary Road’; ‘Defiance’ delivers

Winslet should have won for ‘Road’ If “Revolutionary Road” was not the bleakest movie of 2008, I’m glad I missed what was. Based on a novel by Richard Yates, the well-crafted mass of misery is most notable for Kate Winslet’s … Continue reading

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DVD review: Don’t blame Tom Cruise for ‘Valkryie’; ‘True Blood’s’ Sookie says ‘bite me’

Give Tom a break Poor Tom Cruise.Not something you hear every day, but let’s face it: The guy never seems to get a break. Consider how often he was trashed, bashed and eviscerated for playing a German officer in “Valkyrie” … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: ‘JCVD’ worth a (Van) Damme, ‘Hotel for Dogs’ not a bow-wow,

Van Damme acts! Jean-Claude Van Damme wrote me a letter once, in response to a less-than-stellar review of his action film. I forget which, but, like the rest of his work, it was rated FDR (fight, duck, run), a genre … Continue reading

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Hitler meets a clown; ‘Notorious’ and the Three Stooges

Coming Attractions: “The Clown and the Fuhrer” “Hitler Painted Roses,” a provocative short story by Harlan Ellison, looks at the one moment in time when all the denizens in hell are allowed out for a day. All leave but Adolf … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: Rourke goes to mat in “Wrestler,” Ex-prez vs. celeb in “Frost/Nixon”

Rourke’s rebound “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, semi-retired pro wrestler and infrequent actor (“They Live”), hammers Mickey Rourke with kudos for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the over-the-hill title character in “The Wrestler,” new on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s not the buffed pecs, … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: ‘Slumdog’ slick, ‘Marley’ doggone touching, ‘Tell No One’ terrific

“Slumdog Millionaire,” winner of eight Oscars including best picture and best director, if you don’t dwell on “the gimmick.” The gimmick is a plot contrivance that tells the lead character’s life story via flashbacks that explain his ability to correctly … Continue reading

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Vampire sex vs. ‘Twilight’ DVD

And speaking of vampire sex … As you may know, “Twilight,” a love story about Bella, a pretty high school girl, and Edward, a prettier male vampire, celebrates celibacy. What you may not know is when he kisses her — … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: “W.,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “My Name Is Bruce”

Stone cold The year Bush beat Gore, so to speak, many of us were saying that we’d vote for Gore but we’d prefer to hang with G.W. at a dinner party. So here’s the Oliver Stone biopic “W.,” out now … Continue reading

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