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REVIEW: ‘Into the Woods’

Stephen Sondheim’s musical treatment of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales has been all but canonized by lovers of “highbrow” musical theatre. As such, the selection of Rob Marshall to helm the film adaption of Sondheim’s Into the Woods was not a that inspired much confidence: his disappointing Nine drew glaring attention to his repetitive tricks and ticks as a director ...

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REVIEW: ‘Annie’ (2014)

It’s been three decades since the last time we saw Annie on the big screen and with a winking poke at the traditionally (white) red-headed and cheerful moppet we’re used to it lets you know right off the bat that this isn’t the previous generation’s Annie; it’s a modernized, Twitter-ized and street smart update. Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of ...

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REVIEW: ‘Still Alice’ (★★★½)

There is a scene early on in Still Alice where Julianne Moore’s Columbia University professor Dr. Alice Howland is giving a speech on linguistics to a group of college students and she forgets what she’s saying mid-sentence. There is a pause and Alice snaps back with a self-deprecating comment, “I knew I shouldn’t have had that champagne!” to the audience’s ...

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37th Mill Valley Film Festival Capsule Reviews: The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Force Majeure, Foxcatcher

The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum) Alan Turing won World War II. The creator of the decoder of Germany’s legendary Enigma machine, Turing’s genius and persistence was thanked by a charge of “gross indecency” for homosexual acts and he was chemically castrated as a result. It was only last year that Queen Elizabeth pardoned Turing of this charge. At times, The Imitation ...

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Worst Picture/Best Picture Series: Bolero and Amadeus (1984)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lida MacGillivery, two brilliant artists who are masters in their work. Wolfie, a composer who makes exquisite music almost without even trying, and Lida, an exquisite woman who has trouble losing her virginity almost without even trying. BOLERO and AMADEUS BOLERO – “This erotic drama is wonderfully filmed, whether the English countryside, Spain or Bo’s cleavage it ...

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