Snowpiercer: This film is a science fiction disappointment

Snowpiercer, with Tilda Swinton.

Of the types of movies that come to the screen, science fiction may be the most challenging to visually capture a writer’s intent. What can prompt imaginations on paper must appear real enough on film for the exaggeration to be believed. If we detect artificial characters or situations, no ...

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Life Itself: Ebert documentary touches the soul

Like the best movies to which Roger Ebert would give his iconic “thumbs up”, Life Itself — a moving tribute to the film critic’s life and work — touches the soul with its willingness to candidly explore a man who reaches beyond his accomplishments and challenges to savor his moments to live. At ...

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Eli Wallach, the ultimate supporting actor

The late Eli Wallach in The Magnificent Seven.

He smoldered on screen with an intensity that reached through the camera. No matter the size of the roles he played, even when the parts offered just a few lines of dialogue, he invested the characterization with a seriousness of the acting “method” that he studied as a founding member of the ...

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Kristin Scott Thomas illuminates Before the Winter Chill

Kristin Scott Thomas in Before the Winter Chill.

There’s something so relaxing about watching movies from France. Unlike many films made in the USA — which can feel conceived by committee and developed in corporate board rooms — the French let characters breathe. They permit their stories to take leisurely strolls through the emotional ...

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The Fault in Our Stars: Meaningful tribute to perseverance

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars

As parents, we try to protect our children from anything or anyone that can hurt them. While we can’t guarantee they will be happy and healthy, despite our efforts, we hope and pray they always face better days. Of the many fears we may experience as parents, the thought of a child facing a ...

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Chef: Tasty surprise from the movie kitchen

Chef is a tasty surprise.

In a summer filled with action films, computer-generated adventures and concept comedies — as well as reheated movie sequels — Chef, a quiet, human story about real people could get lost in the cinema kitchen. But thanks to the deft writing of Jon Favreau, and his no-nonsense direction, Chef ...

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Maleficent: Fun reinvention of classic Disney tale

The Reel Dad reviews Maleficent.

The summer of 2014 is proving to be popular for screen villains in search of reinvention and renewal. Last month Godzilla transformed himself into a politically correct (and sequel ready) monster in a new telling of a familiar tale that is now followed by a Disney makeover of one another ...

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