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Monthly Archives: March 2011
DIRECTOR’S IMPRESSIVE GRASP OF SCIENCE FICTION PROPELS “SOURCE CODE” TO INNOVATIVE HEIGHTS Rating: A- Surely, there’s some genius thinking in Duncan Jones’ “Source Code.” With a plot that combines “Groundhog’s Day” and “The Adjustment Bureau,” the film is a deftly-made … Continue reading
“SUCKER PUNCH” MISTAKENLY BELIEVES THAT OUTSTANDING EFFECTS CAN MAKE A GLOOMY FILM ENTERTAINING Rating: D What Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” wants to be is an action-packed, babe-filled Americanized version of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the 2006 foreign fantasy film … Continue reading
“THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU” IS THE “INCEPTION” OF ROMANCES Rating: A- What “The Adjustment Bureau” does the best is how it challenges the entire romance genre without being too showy about it. Sure, we have some fascinating science-fiction concepts and a … Continue reading
THE THEMES AND CHARACTERS OF “RANGO” ARE OF PIXAR QUALITY IN THEIR SUBTLE COMPLEXITY Rating: A- Is it heroic deeds or a heroic heart that make up a hero? After dozens of Disney films that generalize such an answer, “Rango” … Continue reading
“PAUL” IS AN INVENTIVE (YET SOMETIMES INCENDIARY) ADDITION TO THE PEGG/FROST COMEDY COLLABORATIONS Rating: B+ Ever wonder how E.T. would have turned out if he had been found by Charlie Sheen? Well, apparently comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost did. … Continue reading