Ian McFarland

Credit is due to Blue Sky Studios, who have always sided on the lighter, funnier side of the family animated feature. It took some nerve to do something like Epic, which is much more cinematic and straight-faced than previous work like Rio and Robots.

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Crystal, Midler and Tomei recently sat down to speak about parenting, their favorite movies growing up, and whether or not Tomei can play Crystal’s wife.

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Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, is an airtight thriller of the economic titans that avoids becoming preachy or sentimental.

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I recently spoke with Jarecki about Richard Gere’s work on the film, how the actor and director both had different ideas about the character, and how his Wall Street story will play in an election year.

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More ‘Rambo’ than ‘Commando,’ ‘Expendables 2′ has its heart in the right place. There are more callbacks to each actors past catch phrases than any movie should be able to get away with, but then again this is the one movie that one-line callbacks were made for. And the action is super nuts, even if it rarely comes out to shine – most of it is too accelerated to do much good.

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Can the film help but force us to recall the Trayvon Martin case, and if it can’t, does that keep us from being able to laugh? No. The Watch doesn’t have that problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s loaded to the gills with gold-star jokes to begin with.

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We interviewed director Wim Wenders (‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Wings of Desire’) about his new 3D dance documentary ‘Pina,’ which is nominated for an Academy Award this year.

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George Lucas makes another movie aimed at 6-year-old kids, this one about the Tuskegee Airmen. But is there any other reason besides the dogfight sequences to go see it?

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You might have heard that Tom Hanks’ new film, Larry Crowne, isn’t just an acting vehicle – Hanks also cowrote the script with Nia Vardalos, and he even dircted the picture. None of this is surprising, though, after seeing the film, as Larry Crowne could pass as the standard for an actor-directed film. In it, we follow [...]

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With last month’s Bridesmaids becoming that rare surprise success with audiences, critics, and box office alike, many have insisted that the female raunchy comedy is about to get a moment in the sun. Perfectly timed, we have Bad Teacher arriving in theaters today, practically begging to be treated as a litmus test – was Bridesmaids [...]

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From the Department of Useless Remakes comes Warner’s re-imagining of the Dudley Moore comedy Arthur. I haven’t seen that original, but having watched every episode of The Critic, I get the idea that remaking Dudley Moore’s original without Dudley Moore would be like if Warners followed through on their threats and made a “Buffy the [...]

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Despite being too young to even remember the 80s, I have to admit to feeling nostalgic about it a lot of the time. Cinematically, there wasn’t a lot going on, but its seemingly inexhaustible supply of “One man, one mission,” forgettable action movies is something I occasionally long for nowadays, if only because we never [...]

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It’s unlikely that there’s any single question bigger than whether or not there is a God. Uncountable amounts of philosophers and artists have pondered the question for as long as questions have been pondered, and we’re still no closer to definitive proof for either outcome. As such, a film could do much worse than center [...]

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Sometimes, I suppose, some people just need to watch a nice movie where nice people end up in nice places, despite not nice situations. Hollywood knows this, and they know it well. They crank out these nice movies like a long, processed line of uninterrupted sausage, knowing it’ll find some sort of audience. It doesn’t [...]

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I hate it when people complain that a movie isn’t believable enough. My brother complained to me that he had a hard time buying the fact that in Inception, people could just enter dreams so easily. But sometimes movies just require to you to make a leap of faith into the story and if they [...]

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