August 2011

As a mediocre to dismal summer for films marked by remakes, reboots, and revisits comes to a close, “The Debt,” a movie chock full of the familiar – international espionage, maniacal Nazis, and beautiful counteragents – arrives in theaters. Can three Israeli operatives stationed in East Germany to hunt a notorious war criminal save the [...]

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Win advance passes to MONEYBALL in Kansas City!

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Lawrence.com editor Trevan McGee and Scene-Stealers.com creator Eric Melin join forces for The Scene-Stealers Movie Podcast. In podcast #34, Trevan and Eric talk about “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “Fright Night,” and “Conan the Barbarian,” as well as the majesty of Gene Simmons the actor and Steve Coogan’s “The Trip.” Listen or download The [...]

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The funniest comedy of the year so far is out on DVD on September 20, and we are giving away 5 copies of it to celebrate the release date. If you want to win a copy of BRIDESMAIDS on DVD, simply upload a copy of the ugliest bridesmaids dress you’ve had to wear to a [...]

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This review of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” originally appeared on KTKA and KSNT, Kansas First News. Guillermo del Toro is the guy who directed the creepy adult fairy tale “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” series. He’s also the man who co-wrote and produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” a new remake of [...]

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“The Devil’s Double” takes a healthy production budget and a compelling true story complete with a character in impossible psyche-ravaging situations, and manages to turn a sure win into a dud. Based on the life of Latif Yahia, the double for Saddam Hussein’s psychopathic son Uday, “The Devil’s Double” should have been a fascinating character [...]

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Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back. Each week his characters recreate a famous scene from a familiar film. Can you guess which one it is this week? Here’s strip number 13 of the original comic The Chicken and the Egg. The artist is Ben Townsend and he lives in the Southampton, [...]

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In honor of his 62nd birthday on Thursday, in honor of his fire-breathing and blood-spitting antics so clearly inspired by the classic Universal horror films, in honor of the fact that he was my rock idol at an early age and I still pay lots of attention to him despite the fact that I want [...]

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This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. This week, two movies that mix supernatural elements with comedy and drama are out on Blu-ray and DVD. First up is “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,” starring Brandon Routh—who you may remember as Superman from Bryan Singer’s underrated “Superman Returns”—playing a [...]

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Sometimes less truly is more, even when it flies under the radar. Such is the case with today’s excellent Overlooked Movie — one that is crying out for a deluxe Blu-ray reissue and a critical re-evaluation. Bill Murray has virtually cornered the market on understated acting, while writer/director Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man,” “Down by Law”) [...]

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This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. Loosely based on the true story of eight Christian monks who cared for the poor and sick in Algeria in the early 1990s, the smash hit from France “Of Gods and Men,” directed by Xavier Beauvois, is now out on DVD [...]

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I’m not sure that we needed remake of “Fright Night,” a “boy who cried vampire” horror flick that balanced both drama and comedy back in 1985, but in today’s mainstream horror market, a remake is about the only thing that will guarantee your film will be at least a mild hit. This new version, directed [...]

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Movie Review: One Day

by Alan Rapp on August 19, 2011

in Print Reviews

One Day is the type of movie that women are likely to enjoy far more than men. It has two likable stars, is less clumsy (in spots) than most romantic comedies, and wants desperately to be better on-screen than it is on the printed page. Sadly, the movie is nothing more, or less, than a [...]

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“Sarah’s Key” tells two intertwined stories. The first takes place in present day Paris. Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist, lives with her architect husband, Bertrand Tezac (Frédéric Pierrot). While they renovate an apartment that has been in Bertrand’s family since the 1940s, Julia, for one of her articles, investigates the infamous Vel’ [...]

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Lawrence.com editor Trevan McGee and Scene-Stealers.com creator Eric Melin join forces for The Scene-Stealers Movie Podcast. In podcast #33, Trevan and Eric talk about “30 Minutes or Less” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Listen or download The Scene-Stealers Podcast Ep. 33 here. Subscribe to The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes here.

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