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Thursday, March 18,2010

Not in the Zone

By Dave Taylor
The cinematography is terrific, and the exterior sets, particularly Saddam International Airport, are terrific, with great verisimilitude, but cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is a bit too zealous with his shaky camera shots during just about every single chase scene, and after a while itís almost impossible to figure out whatís actually going on.
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Thursday, March 11,2010

Through the looking glass

By Dave Taylor
Alice is an independent young miss who earnestly wants to determine her own path in life and is more interested in her fatherís business than any sort of soppy romantic entanglement with Ascot and his ghastly mother Lady Ascot (Geraldine James). Rather than answer his invitation to marry, Alice spots the waistcoated rabbit and follows.
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Thursday, February 25,2010

Casualties of war

By Dave Taylor
What does it take to be a soldier on the Casualty Notification Team, the “Angels of Death Squadron,” traveling the United States and letting spouses and parents know that someone has died while in the Army? And at what cost personally?
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Thursday, February 25,2010

'Shutter Island' extraordinarily well-assembled

By Dave Taylor
The film version of Dennis Lehane’s creepy psychological thriller Shutter Island has taken a while to get on the big screen, but it was worth the wait. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, a leisurely pace, moody ensemble and sinister exteriors, it’s one of the best psychological thrillers in quite a while.
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Thursday, February 11,2010

'Edge of Darkness' is boring

By Dave Taylor
Mel Gibson has made a lot of films where he’s the simple-minded tough guy, notably the Lethal Weapon series, but the last few years have seen his personal life overshadow his career as he careened from one gaffe to the next. Edge of Darkness represents him trying to get back into the groove, to resurrect his acting career, and it’s an exciting but distressingly manipulative film.
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Thursday, January 28,2010

'The Lovely Bones' a profound movie

By Dave Taylor
When someone is murdered, their spirit lingers on, observing and trying to influence the course of justice, a ghost seeking revenge. But what of the ghost during this period, what’s their experience and what if there is no peace, no justice, nothing but someone who refuses to accept that they have died
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Thursday, January 21,2010

'Spy Next Door' not worth a ticket

By Dave Taylor
Jackie Chan's newest film, The Spy Next Door, is positioned as a sort of kung fu version of Kindergarten Cop, where the running shtick is that he’s a superspy, but his cute neighbor Gillian (Amber Valletta) and her kids think he’s a bumbling salesman. The kids are puzzled by why Gillian is dating Bob Ho (Chan), as are we viewers, because there’s absolutely zero chemistry between them.
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Thursday, January 21,2010

'Book of Eli' a throwaway post-apocalyptic religious parable

By Dave Taylor
The 23rd Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” is the inspiration for the dark, moody film The Book of Eli, and though it takes quite a while to move beyond its Mad Max roots, it is ultimately a modern religious parable.
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Thursday, January 14,2010

'Armored': Terrible tough guys

By Dave Taylor
Ever wonder what kind of guy drives an armored car full of cash? Yeah, I never did either, but that’s the environment that Armored presents us with: a bunch of edgy, tough-guy losers who somehow have ended up as employees of Eagle Shield Security.
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Thursday, December 31,2009

'Nine' is sexy, engaging and stylish

By Dave Taylor
Films are dreams, whether the director is aiming for hyper-realism or whether we’re allowed to fly through the odd, the dreamy, and the troubling of their imagination. Director Rob Marshall’s Nine is a sexy, engaging, stylish and enlightening journey through the imaginative life of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his many loves.
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