Monthly Archives: January 2011

‘The Rite’ (Movie Review) **

“The Rite” is about a young American man, Michael Kovak (portrayed by Colin O’Donoghue) who chooses reluctantly to go to seminary. Because of his family history, it’s either that or become a mortician like his father. Later, after four years of school, … Continue reading

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‘No Strings Attached’ (Movie Review) **

“No Strings Attached,” directed by Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Stripes,” “Kindergarten Cop,”) is the story of Adam (played by Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (played by Natalie Portman who also starred in the recent “Black Swan”). The couple is enjoying a no strings … Continue reading

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‘The Way Back’ (Movie Review) **1/2

There have been some great prisoner-of-war movies throughout the history of film, “Stalag 17,” “The Great Escape,” and “The Killing Fields” just to name a few. I wouldn’t put “The Way Back” into the same category as those; but it … Continue reading

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‘Blue Valentine’ (Movie Review) ***1/2

Sometimes a movie comes along which reaffirms the idea that film can be a deeply affecting art form. “Blue Valentine” is such a film. Primarily, what makes the movie so good are the effective and searing performances by its two … Continue reading

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‘Casino Jack’ (Movie Review) **1/2

“Casino Jack” stars Kevin Spacey as the former super-lobbyist and later prisoner Jack Abramoff. The movie was directed by George Hickenlooper (who died sadly only a couple of months before the film was released).  Based on actual events, “Casino Jack” tells the story … Continue reading

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‘Vanishing on 7th Street’ (Movie Review) **

“Vanishing on 7th Street,” directed by Brad Anderson, fits squarely into the lightweight B-movie category. But as long as you don’t take it too seriously, it’s a just-fine diversion. The movie begins with a mass blackout. The power goes off … Continue reading

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