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Thursday, March 22,2012

Abridged and confusing

By Dave Taylor
In a future where the government keeps a tight rein on the populace, the annual reminder of an earlier failed uprising is The Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death of teens chosen from each of 12 districts. When her young sister Prim (Willow Shields) is selected as the female tribute from District 12, tough rebel Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in her place, getting paired up with local baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).
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Thursday, March 15,2012

Mars wars

By Dave Taylor
John Carter (a rugged Taylor Kitsch) is an American Civil War soldier who has deserted his regiment to quest for gold and treasure. He’s imprisoned for deserting, but is more interested in his quest than in the needs of his country, refusing to return to active duty.
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Thursday, January 5,2012

Iron performance

By Dave Taylor
On the surface, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher might not seem like a good subject for a biopic. She wasn’t flamboyant, there’s no romantic back-story, and she was more known for her steel will than her diplomacy. In these politically charged times, however, The Iron Lady.
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Thursday, January 5,2012

Sherlock Holmes minus the mystery

By Dave Taylor
While I enjoyed the 2009 Guy Ritchie reinvention of the fabled detective in Sherlock Holmes, applying the same formula in this newer film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows proved more a boring, tedious exercise in special effects and self-conscious filmmaking and less an engaging and narratively ingenious film.
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Thursday, December 1,2011

A magical tale through film history

By Dave Taylor
Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is a scruffy orphan who lives in forgotten spaces hidden in the walls of Gare Montparnasse, a bustling train station located in the center of Paris. It’s 1931 and memories of The Great War are fresh, even as everyone tries to resume their normal lives.
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Thursday, November 3,2011

All for none

By Dave Taylor
The Alexandre Dumas book The Three Musketeers still offers a thrilling adventure with the coming-of-age tale of D’Artagnan leaving home to join up with the fabled Musketeers, acting in the service of King Louis XIII against the evil Cardinal Richelieu. Sword fights, treachery, beautiful women, honor: It’s a truly epic tale.
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Thursday, October 27,2011

Mental illness explored

By Dave Taylor
Something really bad is coming, an impending apocalypse, and only Curtis (Michael Shannon) can see it. His mom was institutionalized with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 10, however, so are his dreams prophetic or is he starting to lose it? This is the plot of Take Shelter.
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Friday, September 16,2011

Powerful pandemic picture

By Dave Taylor
One of the most powerful — and frightening — film themes is global pandemics. Diseases already seem to spread without us fully understanding or being able to control them, and rapidly evol
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Thursday, August 11,2011

A tale of dirty, stinking apes

By Dave Taylor
What if there was a research drug in the laboratory right now that had a good chance of curing Alzheimer’s but needed more testing on animals before it could be released for human trials? And what if that same drug made its research subjects smarter?.
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Thursday, August 4,2011

Indians, cowboys and aliens, oh my!

By Dave Taylor
There`s something timeless about a good Western. Sprinkle in scary aliens, stunning special effects, and a terrific cast, and the mash-up film Cowboys & Aliens turns out to be a highly entertaining summer adventure.
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