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Cars, No Crashes

David Cronenberg misses again with 'Cosmopolis'

Movie Reviews If there’s one film director who can make audiences flee, it’s David Cronenberg. Anyone who watched Crash, his graphic tale of car crashes and sex, or his adaptation of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, k...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 David Riedel

Rashida Jones, Will McCormack talk 'Celeste & Jesse'

Movie Reviews Break-ups are tough. Movies dealing significantly with break-ups are dicey, too. For every Annie Hall (which follows a relationship from start to finish and beyond), there are five The Break-Up's.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 David Riedel

Moonshinin’ and Shootin’

'Lawless' is sporadically effective

Movie Reviews It would be wonderful to report that director John Hillcoat and screenwriter-musician Nick Cave’s re-teaming for Lawless is as good as their previous effort, The Proposition. Sadly, it’s not so.Wh

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 David Riedel

A Smart Comedy About Divorce

'Celeste & Jesse Forever' is sharp, funny and heartbreaking

Movie Reviews Imagine this: Two best friends fall in love, get married and seem to have the happiest union of anyone around. Then suddenly, they split up. The weird thing is, they remain inseparable friends.That’

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 David Riedel

He Sees Dead and Dismembered People

ParaNorman is fun with a message

Movie Reviews It seems crazy, but animated films may be the best way within the movies to tackle mature themes. How else can a movie make us deal with subjects such as death and bullying without coming off like an After Scho...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 David Riedel

Late Summer Cars and Guns

'Hit & Run' is fitfully fun

Movie Reviews Just because Hit & Run hits theaters now doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s not necessarily good, either. However, there are enough solid laughs and stunt driving to make one gloss over the many things ab...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 David Riedel

Hope Springs

Screenplay and milquetoast approach betray its supremely talented cast

Movie Reviews The latest from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankle certainly knows how to deliver emotional truth, but its screenplay and milquetoast approach betray its supremely talented cast.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Corey Johnson

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Portrait of the artist as dissident

Movie Reviews When Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is asked how he’s so fearless, he replies, “I’m so fearful!" We wouldn’t know by his actions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 David Riedel

She's alive...ALIVE!

Ruby Sparks can’t decide what to do with itself

Movie Reviews Ruby Sparks defies easy categorization. That’s not because it’s so original; it isn’t. Writer’s creation comes to life? Definitely seen it before. Its bigger stumbling block is that it can’t decide wh...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Total Recall Redux

Bombastic imagery and slick chase sequences

Movie Reviews I’m not going to talk about the 1990 film Total Recall. The remake should be allowed to stand on its own feet and justify its existence with its own virtues. And for about 40 minutes, it does just t

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Corey Johnson
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Morning Word: Declining Revenues Could Mean More State Budget Cuts

Morning Word State government officials may have to do some more belt-tightening as economists estimate a $69 million deficit in current fiscal year and $300 million less revenue in 2017. ... More

Dec. 06, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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