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    Review: Get On Up

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    The main thing I wished to grab hold of from a James Brown biopic was a facsimile of the incredible rush I’d received when I saw him live at The Arena in Philadelphia in the late 1960′s. Get On Up may not quite get all the way there there but it’s a more than adequate […]

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    Review: Magic in the Moonlight

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Colin Firth plays Stanley, a frenetic, highfaluting Houdini-like magician who performs in Chinese makeup and relishes debunking spiritual mediums in his spare time. In Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight, his 44th film, Stanley poses as an “import-export” businessman and goes after young spiritualist Sophie Baker (Emma Stone). Stanley, according to his fellow magician sidekick, […]

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    Review: A Most Wanted Man

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    It’s hard not to wonder how throughout his career Philip Seymour Hoffman’s gearing up for roles like John le Carre’s Gunther Bachmann may have fed his demons. In his last starring role before his untimely death from a drug overdose earlier this year, Hoffman’s character, a German intelligence agent specializing in defusing potential terrorist operations, […]

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    Review: Boyhood

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Like Seinfeld, Boyhood is about nothing in particular. Yet its staggering charm is that it manages to be about the things that matter most. The Richard Linklater film accomplishes no small miracle in reflecting a slice of life that, as it stretches over 12 years, boasts an authentic take on existence itself. It is unique […]

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    Mixed Review: Wish I Was Here

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    In our first ever “mixed review” Don and I (Steve) will both be reviewing Zach Braff’s new film “Wish I Was Here” since we were both on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. An effective lead character in a comedy-drama (dramedy) need not be particularly likeable. Depth or charisma are traits that often compensate when […]

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