All posts tagged "Stanley Tucci"

  • Entertainment
    Marginally Fun JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Amounts to a Hill of Beans

    “Jack the Giant Slayer” sounds like it would be another “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”—that is, a cheeky spin on an old fairy tale—but it feels very “once upon a time.” Following in the current trend of fairy tales taken to the big screen, this CGI-coated, action-oriented take on “Jack the Giant...

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    Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES Trips Over Its Own Cinematographer

    Rarely has a good film set about sabotaging itself as readily as The Hunger Games does.  Panem, the world of the Hunger Games, is one of constant menace, whether it\’s the poverty-row lifestyle of heroine Katniss Everdeen\’s home district, the political intrigues of the opulent Capitol, or the stabbings/snappings/maulings that occupy the...

  • Entertainment
    Harrowing “Hunger Games” Shouldn’t Leave Fans and Uninitiated Hungry

    A bid to be the next big—make that gargantuan—film franchise adapted from a popular book series, “The Hunger Games” is less obvious about who its target audience is than like, say, “Twilight.” Though the 2008 popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins is most likely aimed at its ravenous YA readers, there’s an accessibility...

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    Movie Review: MARGIN CALL Examines the Economic Crisis with Chilling Precision

    Writer/director J.C. Chandor\’s Margin Call feels like the kind of movie Michael Mann should have been making since his 1999 triumph The Insider (as opposed to increasingly tired exercises in the duality of cop and robber).  It\’s a nighttime picture, the kind where regret and uncertainty weigh as much as sleep deprivation...

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    Movie Review: If This is All FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is Offering, I Think I’ll Pass

    First it was anthropomorphized ants (Antz and A Bug\’s Life), then asteroids heading for Earth (Deep Impact and Armageddon), and now…what?  Friends who also have sex with one another (No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits)?  A little less impressive—never in my wildest dreams did I think the recession would affect the...

  • Entertainment
    ‘Margin Call’ May Be Packed Full Of Stars, But Does That Make It Good?

    How do you turn the financial crisis of 2008 into a compelling film that the movie-going public...

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