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‘Fishing Without Nets’ Takes An Authentic Look At Somali Pirates’ Life

‘Fishing Without Nets’ Takes An Authentic Look At Somali Pirates’ Life

September 27, 2014


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By Jeffrey Fleishman Los Angeles Times (MCT) The pirates gather on a ragged beach and sail toward shipping lanes, scanning for freighters, the prey of their craft. Rifles drawn, scarves blowing, they troll East African waters, where the deeds of desperate men collide with the precarious rhythms o...

Family Guide To New Movie Releases

Family Guide To New Movie Releases

September 25, 2014


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By Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) “The Boxtrolls” Rating: PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor What it’s about: Whimsical trolls who wear cardboard boxes are hunted by a grasping, venal villain supported by the townspeople who hired him. The kid attractor factor: Vivid, comical ...

‘Gone With the Wind’ Back On The Big Screen

‘Gone With the Wind’ Back On The Big Screen

September 25, 2014


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By Stacey Altherr Newsday (MCT) Frankly, Scarlett, it seems we do give a damn. The 1939 epic Civil War film “Gone With the Wind” celebrates its 75th anniversary with special showings around the nation on Sept. 28 and Oct. 1. The film will be seen in its original Technicolor glory, with the m...

Ira Sachs Talks About His New Movie ‘Love Is Strange’

Ira Sachs Talks About His New Movie ‘Love Is Strange’

September 5, 2014


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By Colin Covert and Claude Peck Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) For someone who never attended film school, Ira Sachs has had a pretty good go of it as a writer and director. His features include “Married Life,” “Keep the Lights On,” “Forty Shades of Blue” and “The Delta.” When on a ...

‘Holy Ghost’ To Open With Free Digital Viewings

‘Holy Ghost’ To Open With Free Digital Viewings

September 4, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) Brian “Head” Welch was living the rock ‘n’ roll dream—or nightmare, depending on your perspective—as the guitarists and co-founder of the metal band Korn. It was a world of countless addictions that had him on a deadly path. Then he found God. This...

Fall Movie Season Is Here

Fall Movie Season Is Here

September 4, 2014


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By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) As far as Hollywood is concerned, summer is in the rearview mirror. Fall movie season arrived Tuesday and will stretch into November when it gives way to holiday films including “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall. As always, dates are sub...

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ documentary looks at L.A. slaying suspect

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ documentary looks at L.A. slaying suspect

August 28, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) For nearly a quarter-century, police said, Lonnie Franklin Jr. terrified people of South Los Angeles, luring women to his backyard camper with money and drugs and then brutally murdering them. Franklin was arrested in 2010, and accusations that he committed s...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Stephanie Rietz, Reporter

March 24, 2014


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"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is your typical Will Ferrell movie in the sense that it is messy, silly, and is full of larger-than-life buffoonery. The adventure of Ron Burgundy includes humor and satire while Ferrell continues in his signature strain of comic character: sexist, pompous, shallow,...

‘Divergent’ Doesn’t Diverge From The YA Formula

‘Divergent’ Doesn’t Diverge From The YA Formula

March 19, 2014


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By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) In the futuristic world of “Divergent,” the notion that you can do anything, be anyone and go anywhere does not apply. At age 16, Chicagoans are forced to pick their lifelong path from one of five “factions” or groups: Abnegation,...

‘Queen of Versailles’ wins battle with filmmaker over rights to life story

Stephanie Rietz, Reporter

March 17, 2014


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By Sara K. Clarke Orlando Sentinel (MCT) ORLANDO, Fla. — The Queen of Versailles has her life back. David and Jacqueline Siegel are free to pursue their dreams of reality TV after winning a legal fight. An arbitrator recently ruled against a filmmaker who claimed the Siegels signed away ...

Adventures in Barrywood: 5 reasons that Matthew McConaughey deserved the Oscar

Stephanie Rietz, Reporter

March 10, 2014


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By Barry Koltnow The Orange County Register (MCT) It is unprofessional for me to root for a particular actor to win an Oscar, but I couldn’t help myself. I’m glad that Matthew McConaughey won a best actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I should make it...

‘12 Years a Slave’ puts spotlight on Hollywood’s approach to race

‘12 Years a Slave’ puts spotlight on Hollywood’s approach to race

Stephanie Rietz, Reporter

March 5, 2014


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By John Horn Los Angeles Times (MCT) The best picture Oscar is meant to honor the year’s greatest achievement in film, and “12 Years a Slave” had no shortage of supporters before winning the top honor Sunday. But for all the film’s artistry, the undercurrent of many “12 Years a Sla...

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