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Time to see “The Family”

Time to see “The Family”

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


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"The Family" satirizes the glamorization of mob life we’ve seen since Martin Scorsese blew it up to magnificent proportions with "Goodfellas." (See also "Casino," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos," etc., etc.) You might mistake apparently dismissively lighthearted scenes of brutal violence and murde...

“Man of Steel,” as messianic as its hero

“Man of Steel,” as messianic as its hero

Tom Benton

September 11, 2013


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I’ll write 20 f-----g pages about "Man of Steel" someday, right after I finish my essays on Stallone’s American mythologies and why the ending of "Lost" didn’t suck. Stallone’s accurately regarded as a hack, but look at the end result of his gargantuan "Rocky" mythology—six movies out of that ...

“Pain & Gain” rewards pleasure and insight

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


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A lot of folks are going to take any reason to dismiss “Pain & Gain.” “Michael Bay’s a joke,” “Oh, it’s Michael Bay’s ‘pet project,’ chuckle, sneer,” “It’s about bodybuilders,” et al. It seems like a lot of people miss the fact that Michael Bay’s making jokes, and no,...

“To the Wonder” almost settles for love

“To the Wonder” almost settles for love

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


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“To the Wonder” is so close to being a goddamned masterpiece. Terrence Malick, the writer and director, is a big name in “film circles,” in dusty basements and over-clean libraries, but he’s always been too “out there” to swim in the mainstream, too much of a winding, swirling, often muddy...

“Jurassic Park” 3D: no dinosaur

Michelle Sawyers and Tom Benton

April 18, 2013


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By Michelle Sawyers   How do you make a classic movie even better? You remake it in 3D! Whoever decided to turn Jurassic Park into an IMAX 3D movie is a genius. A regular movie at the AMC Lowe’s theater in Danbury, CT, has eight speakers. An IMAX movie requires 71. The extra speakers give you a...

The best “Tomb Raider” yet

The best “Tomb Raider” yet

Dylan Archbold

March 28, 2013


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I am so very happy. “Tomb Raider” is good. Really good. Considering the last two things that I have reviewed, it is kind of relief. Add to that I am basically one of the biggest cynics when it comes to reboots in any form. Then when I tell you that the “Tomb Raider” franchise was overdue for...

Haiku coming soon

Haiku coming soon

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

April quietly and gently sneaks in blockbuster season like those sympathetic women we see in movies about immigration or the Underground Railroad. Then the blockbusters are found out in May, and from then on it’s a full-fledged sprint until they make it safely out of theaters come the fall. It’s...

“Identity Thief” will take your cash

“Identity Thief” will take your cash

Michelle Sawyers

March 14, 2013


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"Identity Thief" is the perfect movie to show you how to make a large amount of money in a short period of time. Although, who is to say that these techniques will be successful. I, for one, do not recommend that you try them. If there is one good thing to be taken away from this movie, it is to nev...

“Warm Bodies”: the zom-com is dead

“Warm Bodies”: the zom-com is dead

Dylan Archbold

February 22, 2013


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Admit it. When you first saw the advertisements for this movie, you were intrigued: a zombie that falls in love with a girl? This either has to be a jab at the “Twilight” movies and the subsequent monster-falls-for-girl rip-offs that it spawned, or a quirky comedy that uses the zombie apocalypse...

“Good Day” a good way to live hard

“Good Day” a good way to live hard

Tom Benton

February 22, 2013


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If I’d dreamed the best “Die Hard” movie ever, it wouldn’t be as good as “A Good Day to Die Hard.” It’s a movie we can feel: there’s a texture and richness to it, an in-your-face quality, but not the “Bourne Identity” kind of in-your-face, though the editing is fast. It’s the kind...

“Bullet to the Head,” a straight shot into the classics

“Bullet to the Head,” a straight shot into the classics

Tom Benton

February 7, 2013


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"Bullet to the Head" starts the moment you know you’re in love, then jumps to the wedding night for the rest of its sublime 91 minutes. Falling in love is a bullet crashing through all the logos at the beginning of the film – a statement, maybe? As for the wedding night, why hear about it when you can have it...

“The Hobbit” doesn’t come up short

“The Hobbit” doesn’t come up short

Dylan Archbold

February 7, 2013


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The world returned to the grandeur of Middle-Earth this December, after many years of Peter Jackson’s epic enjoying the privilege of being one of the best selling movie trilogies in history. History became legend. Legend became myth. And one reviewer, who couldn’t get enough of it, has been rewar...

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