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The Devil's Double

Cheap, tawdry & pointless flick

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 26,2011 - Hoorah! Time to start mythologizing the reign of Saddam Hussein! The Devil’s Double has arrived! Whoa, that Uday Hussein was a psycho, huh?

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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.

Film Reviews

Fast Five

The latest Fast & Furious flick Fast Five is lazy, sour and—worst of all—short on street racing.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Apr 29,2011 - With the exception of the appalling Tokyo Drift, the Fast & Furious movies have been packed with thrillingly staged action ...

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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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Drive Angry

Drive Angry is supposed to be either terrifying or hilarious. It's neither.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Feb 25,2011 - Nicolas Cage is “badass motherfucker” John Milton, recently escaped from hell and hot on the heels of a badass satanic priest ...

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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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The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet's action is out-clevered by comedy—a small price to pay for satisfying superhero yuks.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jan 14,2011 - Serious devotees of The Green Hornet—he of the dark, grim 1930s radio show—are going to howl. The rest of us can enjoy The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen-style ...

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Country Strong

Bittersweet Tune: Country Strong overcomes heavy-handed missteps for a solid tale about the price of fame.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jan 7,2011 - Oh, how silly, the movie about the lady country-music superstar, with Gwyneth Paltrow as the Faith Trisha LeAnn Shania mashup! Hey, cute: She meets the boy-toy up-and-comer who might become her lover

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Wild Target

Wild Target is a dose of goofy, British-flavored comedy full of twists.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Dec 10,2010 - Didn’t get enough of Rupert Grint and Bill Nighy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Or just need some relief from the unrelenting grimness of Part 1? Check them out—teamed up with Em

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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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