November 2012

Director Joe Wright finally makes the film he should have been making all along. ‘Anna Karenina’ is his best film yet, and may end up being his magnum opus.

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It’s another week at the Scene-Stealers podcast and this week we’re discussing Killing Them Softly, Anna Karenina and Miami Connection – let’s not talk about Jack And Diane. Actually, we will, but it’s a figure of speech. Just listen to it. Subscribe to The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes or our RSS.

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It’s been five years since writer/director Andrew Dominik made The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. And like that film, his newest offering, Killing Them Softly, is an allegory for the times we live in, and will likely be seen by no one. It’s also one of the best films of the year.

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Miami Connection is one of those rare films where the positive energy exuded by its oh-so-amateur cast and crew starts to rub off on you, despite the fact that almost all of the basic tenets of motion-picture storytelling are non-existent.

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The story centers around teenagers Diane (Temple) and Jack (Keough) who meet and share a rather tepid and unremarkable romance over the course of a summer.

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It can be argued that his most mainstream work represents either his best or worst tendencies, but going back through Spielberg films from the 1970s on, I found that two of Spielberg’s best pictures were the ones that were ignored or misunderstood by mainstream audiences. The rest were pretty much hits, although not all are as adored as some that didn’t make my list.

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A pair of tongue-in-cheek movies about aliens are new on Blu-ray and DVD this week and neither of them involve Men in Black.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Trevan, Trey and Eric are back with reviews of the week’s big Wednesday openings – Silver Linings Playbook and Life Of Pi – two great movies that deserve your attention this weekend. So while everyone else is standing in and line and shopping their hearts out, take a load, watch a great movie with [...]

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in the new quirky romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, which is getting lots of Oscar buzz. Especially since comedies are generally undervalued by awards voters, the attention is well deserved.

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A new movie based on the 2001 international bestseller by Yann Martel hits theaters today and is one of the most visually dynamic films of the year. But does it hold up in the story department? In a word, yes.

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The new version of Red Dawn is an uninspired trainwreck — an incredulous plot mixed with a gritty attempt at character study, draped in the flag of simplistic patriotism that would make Michael Bay proud

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‘Rise of the Guardians’ is your basic by-the-numbers unlikely hero tale, although it does give audiences something that has been missing from the other movies of this year — an old-fashioned villain.

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The Queen and her doctor have an affair that pushes the nation of Denmark into the Age of Enlightenment, whether it likes it or not.

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If this awesome ‘Cloud Atlas’ infographic doesn’t blow your socks off, then you’re not wearing any. The Map of ‘Cloud Atlas’ illustrates genre, location, date, story, theme, characters, actors, archetypes, conflicts, turning points, a linking “comet” birthmark/tattoo, and actual artifacts passed down from generation to generation in the sprawling story.

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Despite following the designs of the characters from the recent Transformers movies, Transformers Prime manages to entertain in this four-disc Blu-ray set of the show’s complete second season.

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