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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 Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In an age when no cinematic product seems safe from being targeted for a theatrical make-over, and when so few of these movies-turned-musicals end up having much substance to offer, "Once" impresses all the more. This modest-scaled work, now getting its Baltimore debut at the Hippodrome, manages to preserve the essence of the hit indie film from 2007 written and directed by John Carney, while creating some unusual and genuine magic of its own. The screen version of "Once" introduced two engaging characters identified, in Everyman fashion, as Guy, a frustrated street musician in Dublin; and Girl, a Czech immigrant who happens upon him and finds herself riveted by his songs.
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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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September 2, 2014
Reader Bruce Knauff asks why police shoot to kill rather than merely injure or maim ( "Why do police always shoot to kill?" Aug. 29). Such questions come from people watching too many movies. Just like the CSI effect in courtrooms, people think the scenarios set up by Hollywood are plausible in real life. If you're close enough, it might be easy to shoot someone's leg when they're standing still and you are standing still. When you or they are moving, however, you have to aim at the largest part of the body, which is the torso.
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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 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 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.
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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 Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A reality TV star and professional skateboarder with ties to Baltimore was arrested last week in Ocean City after police were called to disturbances at a restaurant and a hotel. Brandon Novak, known for his reality TV and movie appearances with MTV star Bam Margera , was at the Ocean View Grill & BBQ on 16th Street with a friend on July 30 when the duo became disorderly, according to police. The restaurant asked the two men, who reportedly appeared intoxicated and were disturbing other diners, to leave but they refused.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
On Thursday,  Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Hanover will debut a biweekly series of Italian movie nights. Each movie night will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu inspired by that night's film.  For the series opener, "The Godfather," Vivo's Sicilian-inspired menu includes the Five Family Salad; meatballs and grilled sausages in a five-hour red sauce, like the one Clemenza taught Michael Corleone how to make; and for dessert, cannoli,...
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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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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 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 b staff | @bthesite and b free daily | March 24, 2010
We want to know what movie (if any) you're planning to spend your hard-earned dollars on this weekend. Take the poll on the left side of the page and look for the results in Friday's edition of b .
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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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