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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Here's a greatly abridged list of facts that set Sean Tuohy Jr. apart from your average reserve on a mid-major college basketball team: Start with the Loyola guard's 23,379 Twitter followers. For a little perspective, the team's star, Dylon Cormier, has 643. Then there are the road crowds, which alternate between calling for Tuohy's entry to the game and booing him like he's J.J. Redick. All of this for a redshirt freshman who's played six minutes in his college career. Oh and three years ago, Tuohy watched Sandra Bullock - he calls her Sandy - win an Academy Award for portraying his mother, Leigh Anne.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
With today's opening of a 15-screen Cinemark theater in Towson, Baltimore and its immediate area - that is, within the Beltway - is home to nearly 60 movie screens. And 20 of those are in the city itself. That's not bad when one considers that as recently as 12 years ago, there were exactly two movie theaters, with six screens, operating within city limits. Industry analysts say that growth suggests big movie chains such as Cinemark, Landmark and Cobb, all of which have or are planning theaters in the area, believe that Baltimore's moviegoers want to see more movies in more modern theaters and that the local economy is strong enough to support the additional screens.
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November 29, 2009
Grace Baptist Church, 17 Somerset Road in Pasadena, will hold a pancake supper and movie night Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Free. Call 410-255-5616.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Prestige television has some inherent advantageous over movies: With dozens of hours to tell a story, TV can develop characters with the same depth as novels.  But, now and then, television also can beat movies at their own game: Delivering a blockbuster thrill-ride. Sunday's “Game of Thrones” episode, called “The Watchers on the Wall,” was one of those times. Just as they did for Season 2's best episode “Blackwater,” HBO show-runners brought in Neil Marshall to direct what was essentially an hour-long war movie.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 2, 2012
Early reviews for "The Avengers" movie are in, and the adaptation of comic book super-heroes appears to promise non-stop action, surrounding sub-plots of intrugue. I always considered the Marvel grab bag as B-list superheroes, trailing well behind Batman and Superman. But the group, which includes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, has developed into movie powerhouse. Here are excerpts from some reviews of the movie, which will be widely released Friday. -- Chicago Tribune: Seeing it in 2-D, the movie played well enough.
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By Dave Rosenthal | November 30, 2012
Anna Karenina, this week's featured adaptation, is dividing the critics. Shallow, overblown eye candy? Faithful retelling of Tolstoy's tale of doomed lovers? You'll have to judge this one for yourself. But don't be surprised if you get an argument, including whether Keira Knightly was the right choice for Anna. Here are excerpts from some reviews: -- Tribune: At its most frantic the cutting and staging here veers perilously close to Baz Luhrmann "Moulin Rouge!" territory for comfort.
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By Lillian Lee Kim and Lillian Lee Kim,COX NEWS SERVICE | January 18, 1999
ATLANTA -- Shirl Jennings doesn't look people in the eye when he talks to them, which is disconcerting. But he isn't being rude or shy. He can see, all right. He just hasn't gotten used to making eye contact during a conversation. He forgets to look down, too, for curbs and chairs and other obstacles below eye level. When he was blind, as he was for most of his 58 years, he never had to worry about such things. "I'm so used to looking straight ahead," said the resident of Conyers, Ga. "Being blind was more easy sometimes."
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 26, 2011
What the Smurf?  I don't think I'm alone in feeling that the endless promos for the upcoming “Smurfs” movie have been painful. I mean, even Neil Patrick Harris can't save the day here. But the relaunch of “The Smurfs” got me thinking - which other 1980s cartoons should have been made into films before the wee blue folks? Here are my top five picks. •••• “Muppet Babies” Aired: 1984-1991 Why it's better than “The Smurfs”: As the theme song states, these babies make their dreams come true.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 22, 2012
Translating a popular book such as "The Hunger Games" into a movie is tough work. (And when there are more than 25 million copies in print, the stakes are even higher.) There's always the real possibility of disaster -- such as the adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune," which is one of my favorite books but also one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Early reviews of "The Hunger Games" movie have been very promising, and much of the credit goes to producer Nina Jacobson, who also handled adaptations such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid. " In an interview with Publishers Weekly, she described the challenge of moving Suzanne Collins' trilogy from page to screen.
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By Dave Rosenthal | December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , has split the critics, creating a gulf as vast as the one separating Bilbo Baggins and Gollum. Such criticism could be expected from a movie that kicks off a trilogy -- yet is drawn from a novel that ran all of about 330 pages . So there's a bit of a slow wind-up here, something that has enraged a number of critics who wanted more action from a J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. Here are exceprt from some movie reviews: -- Tribune: Extracting three generously proportioned films from Tolkien's books made sense.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
"Ping Pong Summer" envisions a time when a kid's biggest worry was showing off at the local arcade, when a beach-side cookout with your weird relatives could become the stuff of family legend, when friends were all that really mattered and appearing cool was the toughest challenge a guy could face. Sounds like life in Ocean City , Md., doesn't it? And that's exactly what it is… Suffused with all the warmth '80s nostalgia could possibly engender, director Michael Tully's ode to ocean-side living in the era of Ronald Reagan, "Space Invaders" and "Miami Vice" is perhaps overly affectionate and could use a little more zing in its step.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
HBO's "The Normal Heart" will do something to you that TV rarely does: rock you to your emotional roots. The power of this HBO movie starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons is such that you can forget about turning off the TV after the final credits roll and going to bed as you might with most made-for-TV movies. This one, adapted by Larry Kramer from his Tony Award-winning 1985 play, will keep you up for hours in an emotional churn thinking about life, love, loss, death and politics.
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By Nicholas Edler | May 1, 2014
In the new Marvel movie, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Captain America (Played by Chris Evans) is seen coolly riding his new Harley-Davidson on the streets of D.C. While watching this, I can only think of one thing: Where is Captain America's helmet? I am an intensive care unit nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the first trauma hospital in the world. We regularly see motorcyclists survive devastating crashes if for no other reason because they were wearing a helmet.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
The eight-screen movie complex at Glen Burnie's Marley Station mall, closed since February, will re-open later this year under the management of Horizons Cinemas, which also operates the four-screen Rotunda Cinemas, eight-screen Beltway Movies and two-screen Pikes Theatre. Ira Miller, owner of Horizons Cinemas, said he hopes to have the Marley Station Movies 8 open by early June. His plans for the theaters, which have a combined seating capacity of about 2,000, include new seats and draperies, along with new digital projection equipment, Miller said.
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By Jaclyn Peiser and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Men's Journal magazine thinks very highly of Baltimore's Senator Theatre. It is included in its rundown of  the world's top 20 movie theaters.   The Baltimore landmark has been around for 75 years and has hosted film premieres from native sons John Waters and Barry Levinson.   Men's Journal explained that the theater "still maintains much of its history charm (including its original terrazzo floors in the lobby, and it has been cited by many individuals and organizations - including National Trust for Historic Preservation - as the country's quintessential independent theaters.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
A voice called out, "Cameras ready. " Another voice responded, "Sound. " Then a third: "Action. " With that, the Everyman Theatre Film Studios came to life one recent morning. OK, not a real film studio, but awfully close. An upstairs space at Everyman's Fayette Street building was transformed into a genuine movie-producing facility as part of the process of putting the company's next production onto the stage. "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," a comic/serious work from 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, is receiving its Baltimore/Washington premiere.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 3, 2012
I got a chance yesterday to see Martin Scorcese's movie "Hugo," a delightful story based around the life of movie pioneer Georges Méliès. It was part of my New Year's resolution to see more literary adaptations, and I couldn't have picked a better place to start. The movie is based on Brian Selznick's Caldecott medal-winner "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which weaves together the tales of Méliès and an orphaned boy who lives in a Paris train station. It has a fantasy-like feel, as the little boy traipses around early 20th Century Paris and learns about the men who made magic on the big screen.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
I read the article on the front page of Maryland Business section about the planned CineBistro at the Rotunda ( "Moviegoing adds luxury," April 1). Imagine the traffic on 41st Street that a seven-screen multiplex would bring! The dinner and a movie concept? The sounds of dishes clinking, forks stabbing, the melange of fragrances from the "chef inspired" menu assaulting the moviegoer's senses - and cocktails, a great idea for keeping the chit chat down during a screening. Leather chairs and swing away tables?
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Anne Arundel County police are seeking a "person of interest" in the incident that occurred Saturday at Arundel Mills Mall in which someone set off fireworks inside the Cinemark Movie Theater. Police say someone ignited an unknown substance inside of a bottle at a screening of the movie "300: Rise of An Empire. " On Monday, police released photos of a person of interest in the case, and asked that anyone able to identify the person - or anyone with information regarding the case - contact Detective Marc Aguiar at 410-222-6155.
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