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Movie: Whatever Works

Whatever Woody Allen is taking these days, it is working. The prolific writer-director seemed to have lost his touch as the 21st Century dawned, with a series of forgettable films including “Hollywood Ending,” “Anything Else,” and “Melinda and Melinda.” It was like he had the dreaded old-man syndrome that seems to hit many comic geniuses as they age, as they seemed drained out of the witty spark that made them famous in the first place. [...]

Movie: Year One

“Year One” is the worst movie of the year. You thought it might be “Observe and Report”? Not even close. “Year One” is disappointing on so many levels it is hard to even begin to chronicle all the missteps that combine into this mess of a film. [...]

Movie: The Proposal

I’ll admit it; I am a sucker for Sandra Bullock. She’s an actress I have always liked, and with “The Proposal,” she’s made a movie that I am happy to say has me liking her all the more. [...]

DVD: Dr. Strangelove

It’s one of the strangest movies ever made, and it’s certainly one of Stanley Kubrick’s best. Now, the 45th anniversary edition of “Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is out on Blu-ray and High-Def with some incredible extras. [...]

Movie: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Taking what is basically a two-hander and turning it into an action thriller is no mean feat, and “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” director Tony Scott almost pulls it off. Until the end, that is. [...]

Movie: My Life in Ruins

Ever since Nia Vardalos burst on to the movie scene with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” she’s been hoping to match that success with another film. [...]

DVD: Revolutionary Road

Based on a classic 1961 novel by Richard Yates, this scalding domestic drama begins when Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet lock eyes across a crowded room. [...]

CD: The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Summer’s here and the time is right for . . . another Beach Boys compilation? For the third year in a row, Capitol is raiding its vaults for a Wilson brothers song set. Is it over-kill? Probably. But why complain when the end result is a sonic wave of shimmering, summery gems? [...]

Movie: Land of the Lost

Considering the fact that I never watched the Seventies television show “Land of the Lost,” and adding in the reality that I have never found Will Ferrell particularly funny, it seemed like a lost cause to go and see “Land of the Lost,” his new theatrical spin on that old TV series. [...]
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