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And the Nominees Were ...

Earlier work from 2011's Oscar noms

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jan 9,2012 - It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when we movie lovers try to second-guess the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Once Upon a Theater

Hollywood mines for fairy-tale gold

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jul 12,2011 - Did you miss Beastly and Red Riding Hood at your local multiplex this winter? Chances are you did ... but be on the lookout for many more flicks just like them.

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Money Talks

But it can be tricky when movies try to talk about money.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 28,2011 - You think tax time is a plot to drive you mad with its incomprehensible financial gobbledygook? Have you seen Trading Places, the brilliant 1983 comedy that culminates in a trading-floor finale involving frozen orange-juice ...

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Before They Were Oscar Hopefuls

Host your own pre-Academy Awards DVD festival to discover the nominees' roots.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 1,2011 - Chances are pretty good that at least a few of the actors who take home Oscar statues on Feb. 27 for their work in 2010 will be names that inspire nothing but bewilderment for the average moviegoer ...

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Football Films

Gridiron Blues: America loves football, but movies can’t quite seem to make it sing.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Nov 8,2010 - I don’t get football. It’s not a great loss in my life, but it does mystify me that so many people seem so invested in it. I finally got a hint of what the appeal is a few years ago...

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Vintage TV Classics on DVD

Hooked on Classics: When vintage TV shows finally hit DVD, do they hold up to our memories?

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 25,2010 - It’s been almost a quarter of a century since Max Headroom—the visionary 1987-1988 ABC science-fiction series—graced TV screens, but my memories of it have never faded...

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16 Villainous Oil Company Movies

Black Crude, Black Moo: Anger at the Gulf oil catastrophe isn’t mellowed by movies about petro-malevolence.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 28,2010 - Blowout preventer—that sounds pretty good right about now. Not for the crack at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that’s spewing oil, but for me ...

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Super Actors Make Super Heroes

The performers behind the masks make comic-book movies soar.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // May 12,2010 - Explosions! Super-powered fisticuffs! Cool sci-fi gadgets! Caped flight! That’s all the appeal of comic-book action movies is about—right? Everyone knows that. Don’t they?

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Roku streams movies to your TV

Stream On: Roku, Netflix and Amazon present the brave new world of movies delivered straight to your TV.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 24,2010 - I've been a Roku user for almost a year, and it's edging so darn close to my dream— and I love it so much—that once in a while, I get frustrated that it isn't actually closer...

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Girls Just Wanna Play Sports

The film industry still doesn’t seem to think sports movies can be for— or about—women.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 3,2010 - Whip It arrived on DVD on Jan. 26. What’s that? You’ve never heard of Whip It? It’s a film about women doing something other than fretting about babies...
 
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