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Ocean’s Eight

EVERY CON HAS ITS PROS. Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison and assembles a gang that will steal a valuable necklace during the Met gala. One decade after Ocean’s Thirteen came this spin-off featuring a fabulous lineup of women. The movie may lack Steven Soderbergh’s touch, but is an improvement on … Continue reading Ocean’s Eight

Coraline: Meeting the Others

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Sometimes I hate the band wagon during the awards season. You know what I mean – one documentary or animated film gets all the attention because the category is pretty small. In 2010, everybody simply decided that the wonderful Pixar film Up was the best of the bunch in … Continue reading Coraline: Meeting the Others

Breaking Dawn – Part 2

After having been rescued by Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) is trying to get used to her new life as a mother and a vampire… but her family is threatened by the Volturi. The fifth and final film in the Twilight series covers the last part of Stephenie Meyer’s novel and some aspects of … Continue reading Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Runaways

IT’S 1975 AND THEY’RE ABOUT TO EXPLODE.  The story of the rise and fall of the first successful all-girl hard rock band, The Runaways, focuses on its most colorful and famous members, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett. They’re convincingly portrayed by Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (who’s clearly looking for something a bit more challenging … Continue reading The Runaways


IT ALL BEGINS… WITH A CHOICE. As Bella (Kristen Stewart) tries to choose between the vampire and the werewolf (Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner), Seattle is plagued by a series of killings. The 30 Days of Night (2007) director was picked for the third chapter of the Twilight saga, which garnered a few positive reviews… but all I can see is … Continue reading Eclipse

New Moon

THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) realizes that he poses a threat to Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) life and leaves her; as she tries to deal with her loss, Bella becomes more attached to Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). The sequel to Twilight (2008) was frowned upon by critics and unconditionally loved by Stephenie Meyer’s teenage fans. Chris … Continue reading New Moon

Man on Fire

A PROMISE TO PROTECT. A VOW TO AVENGE.  John Creasy (Denzel Washington), an alcoholic former CIA assassin, is hired as a bodyguard to a 9-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City at a time when kidnappings are rampant. This remake of a 1987 Scott Glenn movie is bombastic to a near-ridiculous level; much too long and full of … Continue reading Man on Fire

Hide and Seek

COME OUT, COME OUT, WHATEVER YOU ARE. After the death of his wife, New York City psychologist David Callaway (Robert De Niro) moves to the countryside with his daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning)… but the girl gets an “imaginary” friend who may have sinister motives. A chiller that starts promisingly, but pretty soon loses its way. … Continue reading Hide and Seek

Charlotte’s Web

PIG TALES.  Wilbur, a piglet, knows that when the snow is coming his life will soon be over, but a spider called Charlotte has a plan to keep him alive. The second film version of the beloved E.B. White novel (the first came in 1973) uses computer animation to humanize the animals; it looks great … Continue reading Charlotte’s Web

Sweet Home Alabama

SOMETIMES WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IS RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT IT. New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) is getting married to the mayor’s son, but first she needs to go home to Alabama and have her current marriage annulled. Here’s a comedy that illustrates the differences between red and blue states; it tries … Continue reading Sweet Home Alabama

War of the Worlds

THEY’RE ALREADY HERE. When tripods taller than buildings suddenly burst out from under the ground and start blasting everything and everyone to pieces, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) grabs his kids and runs for dear life. The second big-screen Hollywood adaptation of the old H.G. Wells classic is largely faithful, displaying both the strengths and weaknesses of … Continue reading War of the Worlds