Monthly Archive: July 2014

Review: Lucy

Lucy Director: Luc Besson Staring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman There’s a good idea at the heart of Lucy, and some really good concepts. The performances are fine and it’s much more of a...

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Review: Begin Again

Directed by John Carney Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo Despite my complete lack of musical talent — or maybe because of it — I’m a sucker for the “songwriter/creative process” kind of film,...

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Podcast: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman To avoid the “uncanny valley” — that zone where things seem both too real...

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For those with CGI Fatigue…

Sure, it’s easy to feel tired of seeing giant robots fly around, spinning to and fro without regard for the audience’s collective eyeball, but there’s another side to computer generated graphics. This reel from...

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Podcast: Apocalypto Nightmarathon (Part 1)

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It’s doomsday all day at the Tower as we begin a two-part series with our friend from across from what used to be the Atlantic Ocean JR Southall. We take a look at cinematic...

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Review: Life Itself

Director: Steve James Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese Rated PG-13 One of the first images we see of Roger Ebert in the documentary Life Itself, based on the critic’s autobiography...

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Podcast: Sleep Deprivation Theater

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We’re giving you our presentation of the Sam Spade radio classic “The Blood Money Caper,” performed by our trio of scratchy throated players from their world record attempt at Wonderfest last month. All apologies...

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