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Movies: Blood: The Last Vampire

“Blood: The Last Vampire” is a movie that isn't necessarily only for anime or manga geeks, and it's certainly not for vampire lovers. Even my pal Roger Ebert, who is as mainstream as you can get as far as a critic, found the film "entertaining." This movie is a live-action expansion of a popular Japanese anime film that was released in 2000 and was only 48 minutes long. That award-winning offering skimped on some of the characters and some great fighting sequences, and seemed to keep the audience wanting more. Now, there is more. [...]

Movies: Adoration

“Adoration” continues to explore the decidedly adult and thought-provoking themes put forth by respected Canadian director Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter,” “Felicia’s Journey”), a filmmaker likely more intent on stirring up debate than box-office receipts. [...]

Movies: Management

Nothing harms a potentially quirky movie more than unlikable characters. So, unless you somehow buy into the ludicrous players – and premise – of “Management,” then enduring their impractical exploits will make you squirm, too. [...]

Movies: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Manipulating religion for the purposes of personal gain is explored in the often-startling telling of "The Stoning of Soraya M.," based on an international best seller and the sad, but true story spelled out in the title of the film. [...]

Movies: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In this sixth installment of the “Harry Potter” film series, things get dark and dangerous as Harry grows into manhood while finishing out his education at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [...]

Movies: Food, Inc.

Anyone watching “Food. Inc.” might never want to eat again, which probably wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Pigs, chicken, cattle, and corn all come under the camera/microscope of documentary producer/director Robert Kenner (“Two Days in October”) to show us how the food industry harms our bodies if not our souls. [...]

Movies: Moon

Sam Rockwell shines as much as Duncan Jones’ eerie and ambitious “Moon,” a thinking man’s sci-fi piece that also features the perfect-pitch casting of Kevin Spacey as the voice of a computer named GERTY. [...]

Movies: Cheri

Michelle Pfeiffer appears as lovely as ever, and Kathy Bates turns in her usual tour de force, but “Cheri” remains another example of Thomas Wolfe’s oft-quoted regret: “You can’t go home again.” [...]

Movies: Away We Go

Maya Rudolph absolutely steals the movie – and our hearts – in “Away We Go,” mostly a romantic comedy with an unusually high caliber of actors playing nutty characters. [...]

Movie: My Sister’s Keeper

Posters and billboards for “My Sister’s Keeper,” based on Jodi Picoult’s tear-jerking novel, would have you believe that the wide smiles from Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin prepare you for the feel-good movie of the summer. [...]
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