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‘Boy’ Proves That Adults Need to Grow Up Too

‘Boy’ Proves That Adults Need to Grow Up Too

4/5 Stars If you need to be persuaded to see Boy — Taika Waititi’smost recent venture in filmmaking — the evidence of its brilliance is all there: Since its release, it has become its native New Zealand’s highest-grossing film of all time. The titular character’s vivid imagination, nestled underneath a floppy head of hair,[Read More…]

by April 8, 2012 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Hungry for More: Novel Start to Killer Series

You would have to live under a rock to overlook the recent popularity of The Hunger Games, the hot young adult series written by Suzanne Collins. The books take place inPanem, the futuristic version of North America, which comprises 12 distinct districts all controlled by the Capitol. Ever since the districts[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Uncategorized

’21 Jump Street’ Is Too Cool for School

The commercials for 21 Jump Street make the film look like another lazy and uninspired remake of some old TV show that people born after 1989 don’t care about. Land of the Lost, The A-Team, and The Dukes of Hazzard are just three examples of recent films like this that could just as easily have been titled The[Read More…]

by March 17, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Friends With Great Acting Skills Benefits Movie?

Just glancing at the ensemble of Friends With Kids, one might assume that the movie is just a less advertently pink sequel to Bridesmaids.  A few minutes of screen time, however, reveal that this theory is erroneous, since Chris O’Dowd is coupled with Maya Rudolph, while Kristen Wiig is paired with Jon Hamm. In the first[Read More…]

by March 16, 2012 0 comments The Guide

The Not-So-Secret World of Arrietty

Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers was released in 1952. In the following 60 years, it has taken on a life of its own. Most people have heard of the story in one way or another, whether from a TV interpretation or one of the many movie adaptations. In 2010, one of the[Read More…]

by March 2, 2012 0 comments The Guide
X Doesn’t Quite Mark the Spot for Comedy

X Doesn’t Quite Mark the Spot for Comedy

Film producer Todd Phillips took on the college frat boy scene in Old School, and graduated to grown men who act like children in The Hangover franchise. So, it seemed about time for him to tackle new comedic territory and regress to the high school years that everyone remembers so fondly. And[Read More…]

by March 1, 2012 0 comments The Guide

All Is Fair in Film About Love and War

The trailer for This Means War labels its two male protagonists, played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, as “the C.I.A.’s best.” While both men are easy on the eyes, to say the least, I’m not sure what government agency would truly desire – let alone pay – to have them working as undercover operatives.[Read More…]

by February 17, 2012 0 comments The Guide

No Risks in ‘Safe House’

The tagline on the poster for Safe House is “No One is Safe.” And indeed, it’s true. Denzel Washington’s Tobin Frost and Ryan Reynolds’ Matt Weston, along with a grab bag of anonymous henchman, spend most of Safe House’s two hours blazing a trail of destruction through Cape Town, apparently hell-bent on killing as many innocent[Read More…]

by February 9, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Friends Sans Benefits

I’m a big fan of romantic comedies, but it’s difficult to find ones that aren’t horrible. When Harry Met Sallycomes as close to perfection as this genre will ever come. The concept doesn’t sound great: Billy Crystal (Harry) stars in a romantic comedy in which he isn’t in love with Meg[Read More…]

by February 9, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Extremely Emotional and Incredibly Long

Most of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on the morning of Sept. 11, 2011. For nine-year-old Oskar Schell, the memory of listening to his father’s voice on the answering machine from the inside of the World Trade Center torments him every day. Based[Read More…]

by January 25, 2012 0 comments The Guide