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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 3, 2006
Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian, based on the real life of Kiwi biker Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins), puts a burst of warmth into that by-now too-familiar genre, the inspirational biopic. Both handmade and souped-up, it beautifully renders two types of camaraderie: the bonds among eccentrics and the fellowship of speed. Laboring alone in Invercargill, New Zealand, Munro lets the tumult of the Sixties slip right by him as he customizes his 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle. He aims to test its limits at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
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By Michael Sragow | July 24, 2009
Up . . ( 4 STARS) If you haven't seen it, make sure you see it for the first time in a theater. The genius bar at Pixar has crafted this seriocomic fable about a 78-year-old widower who recaptures his zest for life with the help of a 9-year-old-boy as an old-fashioned sweeping adventure with inventive contemporary twists. In this 70th anniversary year, no film out today better captures the spirit of Hollywood movies circa 1939. Opening next Friday Aliens In The Attic : (20th Century Fox)
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By ROGER MOORE and ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 14, 2006
How much of a story can you tell in 12 to 15 minutes? How much can we learn about people, their history, the traps that their lives have become, in a tale that briefly told? A lot, it turns out. Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, who specializes in short-sketch ensemble films assembled around a theme - Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her was his - has rounded up an A-list of actresses (and some pretty good actors, too) for nine short, loosely interconnected stories of loneliness and the relationships that the women cannot seem to escape.
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February 26, 2009
Must-sees Slumdog Millionaire : **** The film, which won the best picture Oscar, is about the unlikeliest epic hero: a ragamuffin (Dev Patel, right, with Freida Pinto) in Mumbai who becomes a contender on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Coraline: *** 1/2 A girl follows a path into a house that looks mysteriously like her own, including almost-identical parents. Waltz With Bashir: **** In a candid cartoon documentary, a member of the Israeli army during its 1982 occupation of southern Lebanon tries to recover his memories.
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By TIM SWIFT | October 14, 2007
TRANSFORMERS Dreamworks SKG / $36.99 Hidden somewhere in the morass of Transformers is a fun ride. Too bad it's been pimped out and junked up beyond repair. CRAZY LOVE Magnolia Pictures / $26.98 The Shakespearean line "The course of true love never did run smooth" seems like an understatement when applied to the bizarre case of Burt and Linda Pugach. In the late '50s, Burt Pugach became a fixture of the New York tabloids after he hired thugs to disfigure and blind his ex-girlfriend, Linda Riss.
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By Michael Sragow | July 24, 2009
Up . . ( 4 STARS) If you haven't seen it, make sure you see it for the first time in a theater. The genius bar at Pixar has crafted this seriocomic fable about a 78-year-old widower who recaptures his zest for life with the help of a 9-year-old-boy as an old-fashioned sweeping adventure with inventive contemporary twists. In this 70th anniversary year, no film out today better captures the spirit of Hollywood movies circa 1939. Opening next Friday Aliens In The Attic : (20th Century Fox)
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 2, 2006
"Nasty, brutish and long," e-mailed a friend after seeing Mission: Impossible III. Say this for District B-13: It's nasty, brutish and short. It also boasts actor-athletes who turn kicking butt into jack-booted ballet and keep the production craftsmen jumping. You feel the camera must be moving on coordinated pole vaults and catapults. For better and worse, the entire film goes by like a theme-park cyclone ride. It makes as much sense as it needs to when you're on it. All it leaves in its wake is a residue of vertigo and speed.
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November 13, 2008
Ballast : (Strand Releasi ng) A single mom on the Mississippi Delta copes with a man from her past while struggling to raise her son. With Tarra Riggs and JimMyron Ross. Let the Right One In : (Magnolia Pictures) A bullied 12-year-old boy finds love and revenge through a beautiful but odd girl who turns out to be a vampire. With Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. In Swedish with English subtitles. My Name is Bruce : (Image Entertainment) Actor Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 30, 2007
Brian De Palma's documentary-style fiction film Redacted is a bristling act of protest that obliterates a target it isn't aiming for. To research a factual Iraq war atrocity - U.S. soldiers rape and murder an innocent teenage girl, and slaughter most of her family - De Palma scoured soldiers' blogs and first-hand war videos, their Web sites and YouTube postings, then created his own pointed versions of them. The title refers to the way the news and government establishment erased the war's damage to Iraqis from the vision of most Americans, and the movie unfolds in a cutting-edge collage: a soldier's fly-on-the-wall digital footage combined with streaming video from American and insurgent Internet sites.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 27, 2006
So this is what all the excitement's about? Steven Soderbergh's dour little Bubble is the center of a new strategy that releases films simultaneously in theaters (though not in Baltimore), on TV (via the HDNet Movies network on the DirectTV and Dish Network services) and on DVD (come Tuesday). Soderbergh shoots in Midwestern locations with non-actors who unfortunately play close-to-empty characters. Debbie Doebereiner is Martha, an overweight fortysomething who cares for an aging father and works in a doll factory.
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February 20, 2009
opening next friday Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience : (Touchstone Pictures) Three-D cameras follow the pop stars as they travel the country for their "Burning Up" concert tour. Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li : (20th Century Fox) A young woman (Kristin Kreuk) gives up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, but soon runs afoul of a powerful crime boss. Based on the popular video game. Two Lovers : (Magnolia Pictures) A bachelor must choose between two lovers: a longtime family friend or his volatile new neighbor.
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November 13, 2008
Ballast : (Strand Releasi ng) A single mom on the Mississippi Delta copes with a man from her past while struggling to raise her son. With Tarra Riggs and JimMyron Ross. Let the Right One In : (Magnolia Pictures) A bullied 12-year-old boy finds love and revenge through a beautiful but odd girl who turns out to be a vampire. With Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. In Swedish with English subtitles. My Name is Bruce : (Image Entertainment) Actor Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon.
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By Michael Sragow | November 7, 2008
Pride and Glory : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Even in a year full of outstanding male performances, no 2008 film boasts a fiercer or more passionate male ensemble than this terrific - and terrifically moving - tale of corruption in the NYPD. Edward Norton has a soulfulness and grit that magnify his sensitivity when he plays hard guys like Ray Tierney, a New York cop investigating a shootout that killed four officers. Miraculously, Colin Farrell matches him as his corrupt and deadly brother-in-law.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 30, 2007
Brian De Palma's documentary-style fiction film Redacted is a bristling act of protest that obliterates a target it isn't aiming for. To research a factual Iraq war atrocity - U.S. soldiers rape and murder an innocent teenage girl, and slaughter most of her family - De Palma scoured soldiers' blogs and first-hand war videos, their Web sites and YouTube postings, then created his own pointed versions of them. The title refers to the way the news and government establishment erased the war's damage to Iraqis from the vision of most Americans, and the movie unfolds in a cutting-edge collage: a soldier's fly-on-the-wall digital footage combined with streaming video from American and insurgent Internet sites.
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By TIM SWIFT | October 14, 2007
TRANSFORMERS Dreamworks SKG / $36.99 Hidden somewhere in the morass of Transformers is a fun ride. Too bad it's been pimped out and junked up beyond repair. CRAZY LOVE Magnolia Pictures / $26.98 The Shakespearean line "The course of true love never did run smooth" seems like an understatement when applied to the bizarre case of Burt and Linda Pugach. In the late '50s, Burt Pugach became a fixture of the New York tabloids after he hired thugs to disfigure and blind his ex-girlfriend, Linda Riss.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 2, 2006
"Nasty, brutish and long," e-mailed a friend after seeing Mission: Impossible III. Say this for District B-13: It's nasty, brutish and short. It also boasts actor-athletes who turn kicking butt into jack-booted ballet and keep the production craftsmen jumping. You feel the camera must be moving on coordinated pole vaults and catapults. For better and worse, the entire film goes by like a theme-park cyclone ride. It makes as much sense as it needs to when you're on it. All it leaves in its wake is a residue of vertigo and speed.
NEWS
February 20, 2009
opening next friday Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience : (Touchstone Pictures) Three-D cameras follow the pop stars as they travel the country for their "Burning Up" concert tour. Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li : (20th Century Fox) A young woman (Kristin Kreuk) gives up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, but soon runs afoul of a powerful crime boss. Based on the popular video game. Two Lovers : (Magnolia Pictures) A bachelor must choose between two lovers: a longtime family friend or his volatile new neighbor.
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By Michael Sragow | November 7, 2008
Pride and Glory : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Even in a year full of outstanding male performances, no 2008 film boasts a fiercer or more passionate male ensemble than this terrific - and terrifically moving - tale of corruption in the NYPD. Edward Norton has a soulfulness and grit that magnify his sensitivity when he plays hard guys like Ray Tierney, a New York cop investigating a shootout that killed four officers. Miraculously, Colin Farrell matches him as his corrupt and deadly brother-in-law.
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By ROGER MOORE and ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 14, 2006
How much of a story can you tell in 12 to 15 minutes? How much can we learn about people, their history, the traps that their lives have become, in a tale that briefly told? A lot, it turns out. Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, who specializes in short-sketch ensemble films assembled around a theme - Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her was his - has rounded up an A-list of actresses (and some pretty good actors, too) for nine short, loosely interconnected stories of loneliness and the relationships that the women cannot seem to escape.
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