Movie Review: “The Croods” Not Bad, But No National Treasure

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I guess I expected the latest DreamWorks animated film The Croods to be, well, crude. Hitting the theaters Friday, March, 22, 2013, written and directed by  Kirk DiMicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods, the latest addition to the DreamWorks animated vault, surprised me in a few ways.Given DreamWorks marketplace niche of funny, endearing, but slightly irreverent films and this film’s name, I thought this one might have me recoiling on occasion or wishing I could have hit the mute button in t … [Read more...]

Review: Why I Won’t be Watching “The Following”

I don't watch television often. I might -- might -- see one or two shows a week. My favs currently are The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS LA --- you know, action, slight intrigue, a little mystery, but mostly adventure where you are reasonable certain the main characters will survive.I've watched Bones also --a least until it got weird with the whole Booth and Bones finally becoming a couple with a kid. I actually enjoyed the show that spun off it last year, The Finder before the untimely death of one o … [Read more...]

Review: See “Rise of the Guardians” for Enchanted Family Fun

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If you're looking for a fun family film this Thanksgiving holiday, you found it. No, it's not Red Dawn, dads. Sorry.Rise of the Guardians, new from DreamWorks and in theaters November 21, 2012, is the ticket for 90 minutes of enchanted animated family fun.Like Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians has unexpected invasions, courageous resistance against impossible odds, and an inspiring call to dig deep to discover who you really are -- come to think of it, it's likely not much different at … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Portrays Politics Behind 13th Amendment

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I try not to know too much about movies before I review them. With Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's latest entry into historical drama released across the US Nov. 16, 2012, I confess I had two biases at work.The first came from the headline of an early review that proclaimed Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln to be "wooden." My second bias was that I already knew a good deal about Lincoln as a student of history. Although I respected much of his leadership, I didn't always agree wi … [Read more...]


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