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Movies: Thirst

“Thirst” becomes a bloody good and artsy vampire yarn in the hands of accomplished Korean director/co-writer Park Chan-wook. Regardless, more judicious editing might have turned his 133-minute seat squirmer into a shorter, sleeker thriller. [...]

Movies: Whiteout

Hold on to your hats, kids, here comes “Whiteout,” complete with requisite scares in the dark, extremely bitter temperatures, and accompanying gusty winds. Apparently, though, the heroine of the piece, whose gorgeous face somehow stays uncovered through all of the proceedings, is exempt from the elements. [...]

Movies: World’s Greatest Dad

From the not-so-beautiful mind of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait comes Robin Williams as the “World’s Greatest Dad,” an oddly competent story about family, friendship, and even a little love. [...]

Movies: Extract

So on a list of one to one million of my favorite movies and television shows, “Beavis and Butt-Head” would probably be solidly at the very bottom. And considering that it’s the animated MTV show that made Mike Judge famous, I am always slightly afraid of anything that springs from his fertile mind. He’s the creator of the long-running Fox cartoon “King of the Hill,” too. Eh. But when it comes to live-action films, it seems Judge knows just how to tickle my funnybone. First with “Office Space” and now with “Extract,” his latest film comedy, the guy just cracks me up. [...]

Movies: Post Grad

You won’t need an advanced degree in cinema to recognize that “Post Grad” mostly flunks out right from the get-go. Star Alexis Bledel opens the sophomoric hijinks with a computer video designed to emphasize her strengths and readiness to conquer the business world, as a soon-to-be graduate of a California university. Trouble is, the pretty, if timid Bledel owns neither the acting chops, nor the character chutzpah to convince anyone that her pretentiously named Ryden Malby is as bouncy and capable as she claims. Come to think of it, despite her seven-year run on TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” blue-eyed Bledel does not seem ready to headline a movie comedy, either, even one debuting in the rabid dog days of August. [...]

Movies: My One and Only

It’s no surprise that one of the most ironic and clever lines in “My One and Only” has to do with California sunshine. After all, the nimbly nostalgic tale is based on the teenage years of ever-tanned actor George Hamilton (played with restrained youthful relish by Logan Lerman of “3:10 to Yuma” fame) about how he and his half-brother (Mark Rendall) wound up in Hollywood. [...]

Movies: Inglourious Basterds

“Inglourious Basterds” is a crazy, violent, rollicking ride into the mind of Quentin Tarantino, as he re-imagines the way World War Two played out. Anchored by Brad Pitt’s witty, tough-guy performance as a fanatic American Nazi killer and juxtaposed against a suitably smarmy and deeply evil take on a ruthless Nazi colonel by Christophe Waltz, the movie starts slow, but builds up steam to an incredibly satisfying ending. [...]

Movies: In the Loop

So, ya wanna get “In the Loop,” at least in terms of mostly smart comedy? Then run – don’t walk – to the movie of the same name. Otherwise, you might miss some of the wondrous one-liners in the finest political satire since “Wag the Dog” punctured the pompous well more than a decade ago. [...]
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