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    Editorial: What Sony’s Decision to Pull ‘The Interview’ Means for the Film Industry

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Seth Rogen and James Franco have made their careers out of raunchy comedy. In 2013, the two comedians released This Is the End, a tongue-in-cheek, self-referential, and blatantly offensive R-rated comedy. Critics and audiences loved it, while a vocal minority accused it of being disgustingly sexist. I haven’t seen This Is the End, so I […]

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    Craig Ferguson: A Late Night Host like No Other

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    The Late Late Show may have struggled to break into the mainstream and never reached the popularity level of  it’s Letterman lead in, but  in his ten years as host, Craig Ferguson has built a core audience and fanbase that more often than not tune in because of Craig himself, as opposed to the guests […]

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    Review:The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Gather round kids, it’s time for another unnecessary sequel, because The Hobbit: The battle of the Five Armies is here. As if turning one book into a trilogy wasn’t bad enough, when asked if this would be the end of the Middle-Earth saga, Peter Jackson replied, “It doesn’t have to be.” One can only hope […]

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    Review: Top Five

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    A down in the doldrums Andre Allen (Chris Rock) makes a serious film (“Uprize!”) about a Haitian slave rebellion. He intends to deflect the lingering stereotype associated with years of making dumb “Hammy The Bear” movies, in which he actually wears a bear suit. In the best tradition of art imitating life, Top Five, also […]

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    Review: Wild

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Reese Witherspoon, adeptly portraying Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 memoir of redemption, Wild, often seems distractingly preoccupied with her backpack. Scripted by English novelist Nick Hornby, and directed by Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), the movie itself too often seems satisfied with rather meek surface things at the expense of going deeper. Witherspoon is […]

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