Monthly Archive: January 2010

Jan
30

Nicole Opper on OFF AND RUNNING

More Than the Sum of Her Accomplishments: Avery Klein-Cloud in OFF AND RUNNING.

Before we get to the topic at hand, lemme tell you about another screening I went to a last week. Not going to tell you which film that was, because I walked out in the middle — yes, it was that good — but the focus of that film was on this family that was …

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Jan
15

Michael Hoffman on THE LAST STATION

Well, Not Everything Belongs to the People: Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren) in a reassuring display of vitality in THE LAST STATION

The core of THE LAST STATION’S story is the conflict between Leo Tolstoy and his wife, the Countess Sofya, over the rights to his works. But frack that, what really matters is that you’ve got Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as the Countess, and the opportunity to watch them seduce, cajole, clash, and …

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Jan
10

Top Ten “Oh, Come On!” Moments in Sci-Fi Movies

Company Cafeteria: In-house blood-bank from DAYBREAKERS.

Any science-fiction movie is predicated at least a little on the suspension of disbelief. But then there are points where what we’re presented with so defies logic, physics, or natural human behavior that the mind rebels. At that point, the credibility of an entire movie can be at risk. For example, early in the new, …

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Jan
08

Kate Davis and David Heilbroner on WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON

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I’ll admit I have little patience for people who confuse religious mythology for real-world politics. You want to believe that, when the earthly going gets tough, you’re going to be zapped up to heaven and have a front row seat for the conflagration and the return of your deity? Cool, swell, no skin off my …

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