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‘Bond’ and ‘Jones’ Take on Some Wild West Aliens

  Cowboys and aliens and Indians, oh my!   Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, and Keith Carradine. Directed by Jon Favreau. Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenburg.   Years ago I used to tape movies off of cable stations. One night a particular movie, “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula,” piqued my interest. Think about it: notorious Western outlaw Billy the Kid against a vampire? That had to be seen. The next day I sat and watched it and well… I wasn’t impressed. It was made well, no doubt, but…


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‘Super 8’ Shows a Return to Spielbergian Form

Not a ‘super’ stay but… Starring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, and Ron Eldard. Directed by J.J. Abrams Oh, childhood memories. Movies, our multimedia “escapism,” have that ability to make us remember things that we’ve long since forgot. Growing up. Being kids. Filmmakers in Hollywood have the ability to note-for-note recreate a time that we barely knew or can remember except in tiny fragments like getting our first cassette recorder or Walkman, or riding a bike, or just hanging out with friends. Filmmakers also have the ability to mimic or emulate…


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His name is ‘Paul,’ and this is between…

  It’s probin’ time! Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, and the voice of Seth Rogen. Directed by Greg Mottola My inner sci-fi geek is happy. There’s something to be said about “fanboy” culture and if you’ve been keeping up with my movie reviews, or just know me, then you also know that I’m not huge on the past decade’s explosion of “fanboys/fangirls.” Yes, I grew up watching the “Buck Rogers” TV show, “Star Trek” Sunday mornings, “Quantum Leap,” “The X-Files,” “Babylon 5,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Automan,” “Otherworld,” “Hard Time on Planet Earth,”…


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Damon and Blunt vs. the ‘Adjustment Bureau’

It could’ve been tinkered with a little…   Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, and Anthony Mackie. Directed by George Nolfi. Based on the story “Adjustment Team” by Philip K. Dick.   Who’da thunk that a Philip K. Dick could churn out a love story? Huh.   When we last left PKD-Land, Hollywood had a string of hits (and maybe some misses) based on the science fiction authors’ work just in the past decade alone. There was the mind-control drug of the future in “A Scanner Darkly,” with Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder. “Next” had Nicolas Cage…


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Helms Braves ‘Cedar Rapids’

“That was awesome. Super awesome.” Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anna Heche, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Stephen Root, Sigourney Weaver and Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Miguel Arteta Meet Tim Lippe (pronounced lip-ee). Lippe is as mild-mannered and squeaky-clean as they come – no alcohol, no drugs, no cursing, etc. He’s an insurance salesman for BrownStar Insurance in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. He lives alone in a small but nice house and his girlfriend is former teacher Macy Vanderhei (Weaver) who comes over once a week for sex. Tim exists in the small bubble of his comfort zone: has good relations with…


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Local & Regional Films Take Home Top Awards

(Photo above of former mayor Jerry Abramson and his wife) Louisville native Greg King and New Albany, Indiana filmmaker Ray Cart are among the winners of the top prizes at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which was held February 18th through the 20th. Greg King and David Teague’s “Our House” took home Best Documentary and Cart’s “Queens of the Dead” won the Audience Choice award for favorite film. Cincinnati Filmmaker Michael Maney’s film “Meth” took home the award for Best Short Film and Actress Stephanie Brait picked up Best Actress for her role in the same film. Another Cincinnati…


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Portman, Kunis Vie for Being ‘Black Swan’

Maddening! Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, and Wynona Ryder. Directed by Darron Aronofsky I was hesitant to see this movie. I’ve had several friends say that it’s the greatest thing since Elvis, sliced bread, and the invention of the wheel. Any other detractors are mumbling. In fact Yahoo! Movie reviews gives it a pretty high average rating in their system. Still, I held out on seeing it until last night. My verdict: It’s okay. That’s not to say that it’s a bad movie; far from it. This is the kind of movie made for up-and-coming filmmakers…