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HER: I’m Choking You with a Dead Cat

Her (2013) – Directed by Spike Jonze – Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, and Scarlett Johansson. In the future, all decent men will wear horrible mustaches. Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance between a man and his new operating system is less an actual romance as it is a striking…

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES: Claim Yourself

Beautiful Creatures (2013) – Directed by Richard LaGravenese – Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Margo Martindale, Eileen Atkins, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, and Emma Thompson. If critics were as upset about the success of the teenage supernatural romance drama as they are the superhero genre, a movie…

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WARM BODIES: We Even Have Almost Conversations Sometimes

Warm Bodies (2013) – Directed by Jonathan Levine – Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich, Dave Franco, and Rob Corddry. WARM BODIES makes me smile about as much as any movie in recent memory. While it doesn’t achieve the inconceivable heights of The Princess Bride, Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel…

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ABOUT TIME: My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

About Time (2013) – Directed by Richard Curtis – Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Lindsay Duncan, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Richard Cordery. Every so often, it’s nice to remember that science fiction doesn’t need robots and explosions and spaceships and aliens to engage an audience. ABOUT TIME is not a…

SINGLES: I Was Just Nowhere Near Your Neighborhood

Singles (1992) – Directed by Cameron Crowe – Starring Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, Sheila Kelley, Jim True-Frost, Bill Pullman, James LeGros, Ally Walker, Tom Skerritt, Peter Horton, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz, Victor Garber, Paul Giamatti, and Tim Burton. I kinda love that the message of SINGLES is not just that to…

TITANIC: A Woman’s Heart is a Deep Ocean of Secrets

Titanic (1997) – Directed by James Cameron – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, David Warner, Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Michael Ensign, Eric Braeden, Ewan Stewart, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Suzy Amis, Danny Nucci, and Ioan Gruffudd. TITANIC is why Hollywood exists. Epic, breathtaking, overblown, and yet achingly…

THE JEWEL OF THE NILE: The Boat Blew Up

The Jewel of the Nile (1985) – Directed by Lewis Teague – Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás, Holland Taylor, and Avner Eisenberg. Ugh. What was so fun and refreshing a year earlier in ROMANCING THE STONE is now tired, unimaginative, and a chore to watch. There are flashes of the good…

ROMANCING THE STONE: I Ain’t Cheap, But I Can Be Had

Romancing the Stone (1985) – Directed by Robert Zemeckis – Starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda, Holland Taylor, Mary Ellen Trainor, and Ted White. Maybe ROMANCING THE STONE was a bigger influence on me than I ever realized. I always liked the film, even if it wasn’t ever a movie…

NO STRINGS ATTACHED: It’s Like a Crime Scene in My Pants

No Strings Attached (2011) – Directed by Ivan Reitman – Starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Kline, Chris Bridges, Olivia Thirlby, Lake Bell, Ophelia Loviband, Abby Elliot, Talia Balsam, and Cary Elwes. NO STRINGS ATTACHED is the kind of movie that tells the wrong story. It concentrates on the…

LOVE ACTUALLY: The Classic Fool

Love Actually (2003) – Directed by Richard Curtis – Starring Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Sienna Guillory, Lúcia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Sangster, Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Rodrigo Santoro, Kris Marshall, Abdul Salis, Heike Makatsch, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Olivia Olson, Billy…