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Guardians of the Galaxy lightning in a bottle

YEP YEP – A lot of jobs would be salvaged and careers launched if only Hollywood studio execs and development heads could ever solve the unpredictable and elusive formula for casting chemistry. Could anyone have really predicted that a moderately well-known television actor (Parks and Rec’s Chris Pratt) could lead a gang of misfits consisting of a … Continue reading

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A Most Wanted Man left longing for thrills

NOPE – Man, did I want to like this movie. But… A Man Most Wanted makes the Oscar-winning German slow burn surveillance film The Lives of Others look like Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you have not seen The Lives of Others, I strongly recommend staying home and “renting” it rather than dropping your hard-earned lettuce on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s … Continue reading

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Labor Day works way too hard

NOPE – It’s always a red flag for me when I see a young director stepping out of his comfort zone. Jason Reitman has successfully stepped out from his famous father’s shadow (Ivan Reitman) with critically acclaimed – and financially solvent – pictures like Up In the Air and Juno. I didn’t personally care for either of those films, … Continue reading