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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | December 22, 2006
On a rainy night in November 1970, an airplane crash took the lives of 75 people, including nearly every member of Marshall University's Thundering Herd football team. One year later, with a team composed almost exclusively of freshmen, the squad - renamed the Young Thundering Herd - pulled off one of the great victories in collegiate sports history. We Are Marshall is the story of that tragedy, that team and that victory. It's a story of grief, of moving past loss, of honoring the departed by not neglecting those who remain.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,Orlando Sentinel | February 14, 2008
Somewhere on Harry Potter's quest for the One Ring, the golden compass has led us astray. The rules changed. Fantasy films became all about the blockbuster, sequels, mountains of merchandise, all sold to a ready-made fan base, fans who, often as not, weren't the children these stories were originally intended for. These fans seem more worried about "franchise" than fun. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a lighthearted contrast to all those fantasies freighted...
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,Orlando Sentinel | February 14, 2008
Somewhere on Harry Potter's quest for the One Ring, the golden compass has led us astray. The rules changed. Fantasy films became all about the blockbuster, sequels, mountains of merchandise, all sold to a ready-made fan base, fans who, often as not, weren't the children these stories were originally intended for. These fans seem more worried about "franchise" than fun. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a lighthearted contrast to all those fantasies freighted...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | December 22, 2006
On a rainy night in November 1970, an airplane crash took the lives of 75 people, including nearly every member of Marshall University's Thundering Herd football team. One year later, with a team composed almost exclusively of freshmen, the squad - renamed the Young Thundering Herd - pulled off one of the great victories in collegiate sports history. We Are Marshall is the story of that tragedy, that team and that victory. It's a story of grief, of moving past loss, of honoring the departed by not neglecting those who remain.
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By ANN HORNADAY and ANN HORNADAY,COX NEWES SERVICE | September 19, 1997
A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, "L.A. Confidential" pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.If this latest permutation on the form doesn't always clear the bar set by its predecessors, that shouldn't detract from its 'u attractions -- a cast of good young actors playing sharply drawn characters, enough of a mystery to keep interested parties interested and a ripe, lustrous look that bathes 1950s Los Angeles in a burnished, nostalgic glow.
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October 27, 2005
Dreamer What It's About: A girl, her dad and a racehorse bond in ways guaranteed to warm every heart. Rated: PG The scoop: Stars Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell are wonderful, even though the film is too precious by half. Grade: C+ Elizabethtown What It's About: A suicidal shoe designer (Orlando Bloom) returns to his father's old Kentucky home with his father's ashes; a cockeyed optimist of a flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst) cheers him up. Rated: PG-13 The scoop: Cameron Crowe's heartfelt tribute to his father has too much going on for its own good.
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March 12, 2006
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK / / Warner Home Video / $29.98 Good Night, and Good Luck, the factual account of how pioneer CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) took down the rabid anti-Communist witch-hunter Senator Joseph R. McCarthy at the height of the Cold War, is a brilliantly entertaining picture, as personal as it is political -- a tribute to a crusading reporter and a reverie on a bygone era of virile, metropolitan glamour. The director, George Clooney, filmed it in black and white because he wanted to use period footage of McCarthy.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW AND CHRIS KALTENBACH | October 28, 2005
Capsules are by critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach, plus wire services. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Cry Wolf -- is a clever thriller with intricate plotting, deft characterizations and a darkly ironic twist at the end. (Los Angeles Times.) PG-13 90 minutes B+ Domino -- is a caper movie that weds Tilt-a-Whirl visuals to a script that's constantly flashing back and forth in time and to a heroine - a model-turned-bounty-hunter (Keira Knightley) - who's little more than a glamorous conundrum.
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By Jill Gerston and Jill Gerston,New York Times News Service | March 17, 1995
When considering Halle Berry, it is almost impossible not to focus on her beauty: The exquisite cheekbones, the flawless cafe au lait skin, the eyes like two huge dark caramels and the wrists so narrow they look as if they could almost fit through the hole of a doughnut.Her hair is shorn to her skull and slicked back in a style that only super models can carry off. Twinkling in her ear lobes are large diamond studs, an anniversary gift from her husband, the Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 26, 2006
Gretchen Mol carries The Notorious Bettie Page on her back -- and every other body part. With a wholesome gusto, she inhabits the role of a Tennessee woman who moved to New York and, there and in Florida, became the pin-up gal of the Fifties. She convinces us that Page brought the same wide-eyed innocence to posing in bondage stills and "acting" in S&M movies as she did to frolicking bare in the sun for nature-loving nudist films. Despite the flimsy script by Guinevere Turner and director Mary Harron, Mol effortlessly sells their vision of a guileless, generous gal making her way through life by doing what she does best: having fun in front of the camera.
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March 12, 2006
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK / / Warner Home Video / $29.98 Good Night, and Good Luck, the factual account of how pioneer CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) took down the rabid anti-Communist witch-hunter Senator Joseph R. McCarthy at the height of the Cold War, is a brilliantly entertaining picture, as personal as it is political -- a tribute to a crusading reporter and a reverie on a bygone era of virile, metropolitan glamour. The director, George Clooney, filmed it in black and white because he wanted to use period footage of McCarthy.
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November 10, 2005
STAFF CRITICS GIVE YOU THE LOWDOWN ON TEN TOP MOVIES, POPCORN NOT INCLUDED! Capote What It's About: New Yorker writer Truman Capote researches the murder of a Kansas farm family and gets in over his head with one of the killers. Rated: R The scoop: Forty years from now, people will still be talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance the way we are still talking about In Cold Blood. Grade: A+ Chicken Little What It's About: A little chicken insists the sky is falling, and not even his own dad believes him. Rated: G The scoop: Believing traditonal animation is too passe, Disney jumps into the computer-animated fray with that hoariest of cartoon cliches, the cute animal pic. If it does nothing else, this wan effort makes Pixar's continued brilliance (from Toy Story to The Incredibles)
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW AND CHRIS KALTENBACH | October 28, 2005
Capsules are by critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach, plus wire services. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Cry Wolf -- is a clever thriller with intricate plotting, deft characterizations and a darkly ironic twist at the end. (Los Angeles Times.) PG-13 90 minutes B+ Domino -- is a caper movie that weds Tilt-a-Whirl visuals to a script that's constantly flashing back and forth in time and to a heroine - a model-turned-bounty-hunter (Keira Knightley) - who's little more than a glamorous conundrum.
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By ANN HORNADAY and ANN HORNADAY,COX NEWES SERVICE | September 19, 1997
A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, "L.A. Confidential" pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.If this latest permutation on the form doesn't always clear the bar set by its predecessors, that shouldn't detract from its 'u attractions -- a cast of good young actors playing sharply drawn characters, enough of a mystery to keep interested parties interested and a ripe, lustrous look that bathes 1950s Los Angeles in a burnished, nostalgic glow.
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By Jill Gerston and Jill Gerston,New York Times News Service | March 17, 1995
When considering Halle Berry, it is almost impossible not to focus on her beauty: The exquisite cheekbones, the flawless cafe au lait skin, the eyes like two huge dark caramels and the wrists so narrow they look as if they could almost fit through the hole of a doughnut.Her hair is shorn to her skull and slicked back in a style that only super models can carry off. Twinkling in her ear lobes are large diamond studs, an anniversary gift from her husband, the Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice.
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