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This Is 40 (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale 1 to 10?):  3   For his fourth film as writer and director, This Is 40, Judd Apatow plucks two of the more memorable characters from his second film Knocked Up (2007) – married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann, Apatow’s wife) – who are both turning 40.  Things could be much better, financially and otherwise.  ... Read More »

Les Misérables (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  3   For the uninitiated, Les Misérables is set during the 18-year period following the French Revolution.  There is good and evil, but not a whole lot in between.  People fall in love at first sight and die by simply losing the will to live.  All the Big Themes pop up – crime and punishment, mercy, ... Read More »

Hitchcock (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this review on a scale of 1 to 10?):  3  Biopics are dramatizations of real life figures, not documentaries.  Understanding the artistic opportunities offered by the biopic, some of the best fillmmakers take chances by trying to capture the truth behind the character (e.g., Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)).  But moviegoers tend to be unforgiving when a biopic strays too far from the more conventional “just ... Read More »

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  4 From the very first shot to the very last line of Killing Them Softly, writer/director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)) paints a very bleak picture of the United States of America.  “Bleak” might be too weak a word.  “Cynicism” might be a ... Read More »

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilerly is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  3  Will they or won’t they?  Yes, this is one of those movies.  But is Silver Linings Playbook a good one of those movies? The film opens with Paul (Bradley Cooper) just being released from an eight-month stay at a Baltimore mental hospital into the custody of his parents (Robert DeNiro and ... Read More »

Skyfall (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?): 3  Having seen about a dozen 007 films, mostly in my childhood, I am not what you would call a big fan the franchise.  So I was initially skeptical when I heard about the “reboot” back in 2006.  (At that time, director Martin Campbell’s most notable work was another forgettable entry ... Read More »

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilerly is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?)  3  “Middlebrow” is typically used as a derogatory term by the snobby to describe an attempt to create something that is both broadly accessible and worthy of artistic merit.  Personally, I do not think there is a damn thing wrong with straddling this illusory fence – particularly in the case of Cloud ... Read More »

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  3   Quentin Tarantino and Charlie Kaufman agree to write and direct a film together, but after a prolonged production, Tarantino manages to get final cut … with a bullet to Kaufman’s head.  That would be my pitch for writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest film, Seven Psychopaths.  You say you don’t like film snobs who use film references like their own ninth part ... Read More »

Argo (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilerly is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  3   In my book, there are documentaries, and then there are biopics.  I realize that I am probably in the minority on this point, but I am less inclined to give certain films a pass for by-the-numbers storytelling or weak character development simply because it is “based on a true story.”  ... Read More »

Frankenweenie (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilerly is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  3   Ever since director Tim Burton became acquainted with CGI, I have found his fantasy films (e.g., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Alice In Wonderland (2010)) to be lacking that unmistakably dark and crazy visual quality that was so prevalent in Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Batman Returns (1992).  And although Burton ... Read More »

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