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2016 Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes :Our Favorite Sexy, Outlandish, and Shocking

October 26, 2016

There’s no lack of creativity in Hollywood when it comes to sporting an unforgettable costume. That’s why year after year, our favorite stars never fail to impress as they evolve into sexy, ghoulish, and often controversial characters for Halloween, the one night of the year where being the odd-ball is the ultimate goal. Sure, some […]

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Pixels 2015 Review

October 10, 2015

Pixels probably started off as a germ of an idea in writer-director Patrick Jean’s head while he was stoned out of his mind and feeling all nostalgic and emotional and yearning to go back to a simpler time: the time of wholesome communities where arcade gaming was the awesomest social hangout. He probably sobered up […]

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Film Review: ‘The Girl in the Photographs’

October 3, 2015

Courtesy of TIFF “The Girl in the Photographs” is a slasher movie filled with smug and self-absorbed characters who are not nearly as clever as they obviously assume they are. Unfortunately, this unsavory mix of gruesomely bloody mayhem and genre convention tweaking could easily pass as something produced by the most insufferable of these twits, […]

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Film Review: ‘Everything Is Copy’

September 29, 2015

Courtesy of New York Film Festival Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but […]

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Film Review: ‘The Walk’

September 26, 2015

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures In “The Walk,” Robert Zemeckis dares audiences to look down, zooming fast as gravity past 110 stories from the top of the World Trade Center to the expectant faces in the crowd below. A quarter of a mile above, daredevil high-wire artist Philippe Petit (as played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) soft-shoes between […]

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Film Review: ‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story’

September 18, 2015

Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival Sara Hirsh Bordo’s cheerfully upbeat documentary offers an engaging if heavily sugared portrait of a courageous woman triumphing over a disfiguring genetic mutation that prevents her from gaining weight. Tracking the young Texan’s passage from bullied child to self-assured motivational speaker and lobbyist, “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” […]

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Michael Keaton is back in the Oscar-season Spotlight

September 16, 2015

When director Tom McCarthy told Walter “Robby” Robinson that Michael Keaton would be playing him in Spotlight, the true story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed the Roman Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal in 2002, the veteran journalist was delighted. More than 20 years ago, Keaton starred in Ron Howard’s The Paper, playing a savvy […]

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Toronto Film Review: ‘London Fields’

September 15, 2015

Courtesy of TIFF In the opening pages of Martin Amis’ 1989 mind-trip murder mystery “London Fields,” the author notes that the story that follows will not be a who-done-it, but rather a why-do-it. Finally arriving on the screen after years of aborted attempts, Mathew Cullen’s adaptation proves that shepherding the book to the cinema was always […]

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Toronto Film Review: Lance Armstrong Drama ‘The Program’

September 13, 2015

Courtesy of StudioCanal “Everybody knows the fight was fixed,” husks Leonard Cohen over the closing credits of Stephen Frears’ “The Program,” a straight-spinning dramatization of cycling champ Lance Armstrong’s much-scrutinized fall from grace. It’s a rather literal application of Cohen’s 1988 track “Everybody Knows,” its cryptic AIDS-era undertow repurposed here as a warning against unkeepable […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

September 6, 2015

Courtesy of Getty Images Without Janis Joplin, there mightn’t have been an Amy Winehouse. The two most prominent female members of the so-called “27 Club” may have worked in different musical registers (while both appropriating a heavy dose of soul), but it was Joplin who blazed a trail for female artists like Winehouse to defy […]

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Telluride Film Review: ‘He Named Me Malala’

September 5, 2015

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Eighty-seven minutes in the company of 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is time very well spent, and that alone merits a recommendation for “He Named Me Malala,” an expectedly stirring portrait of the exceedingly smart and courageous Pakistani teenager who defied the Taliban and lived to tell the tale. […]

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Film Review: ‘Bride Wars’

August 25, 2015

Courtesy of Fox Intl. Prods. Possibly the first mainland Chinese remake of a Hollywood nuptial-themed romantic comedy, “Bride Wars” offers a veritable handbook on wedding arrangements that may spark a new genre of Chinese matrimony porn, but what little heart or frothy fun there was in the Gary Winick-directed original are crushed by all that bling and put-on pageantry. […]

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