Category Archive: review

Jan 10

Meet the real Abraham Lincoln, warts and all

Daniel Day-Lewis gives another Oscar-worthy performance as the title character in "Lincoln"

Steven Spielberg’s biopic “Lincoln” takes an honest look at Honest Abe Steven Spielberg is the master manipulator of the movies. Capable of plucking our heartstrings like a harpist, he preys on our emotions with larger-than-life heroes, sweeping cinematography and soaring soundtracks. When he wants us to gasp, we gasp. When he wants us to weep, …

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Jan 09

"Les Miserables": Do you hear the people sing?

Anne Hathaway performs "I Dreamed a Dream" in the new movie musical "Les Misérables."

New movie adaptation of “Les Misérables” is simply spectacular Anne Hathaway’s eyes are pools of misery. Her anguished gaze seems to take in everything: the dark, dingy room, her tattered clothes, her pinched cheeks and cruelly cropped hair. Then her mouth opens, and a torrent of anguish comes pouring out — as pure an express …

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Dec 13

All the world’s a stage in "Anna Karenina"

An aristocrat (Keira Knightley) and a cavalry officer (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) begin a passionate love affair in "Anna Karenina."

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts …” – “As You Like It,” William Shakespeare Keira Knightley stars in a sumptuous adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina” is a tragedy of …

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Nov 14

Bond is back — and better than ever — in "Skyfall"

British secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in "Skyfall."

Everyone’s favorite spy, Agent 007, returns in a thrilling new adventure After half a century on the silver screen, James Bond still has a few surprises up his immaculately tailored sleeves. The British secret agent is back — and, some might argue, better than ever — in “Skyfall,” a smart, sexy thriller that pays tribute …

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Nov 12

The Best of Bond, from "Goldfinger" to "Casino Royale"

Daniel Craig made his debut as British secret agent James Bond in 2006's "Casino Royale."

With “Skyfall” out in theaters, it’s time to rank our top 10 Bond films Here’s a quick pop quiz. 1. What does British secret agent James Bond drink? 2. What weapon does he prefer? 3. What is his favorite form of transportation? If you answered the above questions correctly (the answers are at the bottom …

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Oct 18

Truth is stranger than fiction in Ben Affleck’s "Argo"

Ben Affleck stars as CIA agent Tony Mendez in the historical thriller "Argo," based on a true story.

“Argo” gets its white-knuckle thrills from real-life events Whoever coined the expression “Truth is stranger than fiction” may have had “Argo” in mind. Director Ben Affleck’s latest film focuses on the joint efforts of the Canadian and United States governments to smuggle six American diplomats out of the country during the height of the Iran …

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Oct 17

"Seven Psychopaths" lives up to its name

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell make trouble in the new crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths."

“Seven Psychopaths” serves up a veritable smorgasbord of crazed killers Note: Today’s guest reviewer is artist, photographer and filmmaker Chris Daly, who recently directed a music video for local country band Red Eye Junction. Check out his portfolio here. In Martin McDonagh’s first film, “In Bruges,” we got a taste of nasty, foul-mouthed, suicidal murderers. …

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Oct 12

Tim Burton returns to his roots with "Frankenweenie"

Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) brings his pet dog back from the dead in "Frankenweenie."

Tim Burton’s latest film will fill viewers with warm, fuzzy feelings Victor Frankenstein, the youthful protagonist of “Frankenweenie,” is kind of a weird kid. Obsessed with filmmaking and monster movies, Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is intelligent yet introverted — a shy genius whose constant companion is his pet dog, Sparky. “A boy needs to …

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Oct 02

An intimate evening with Elvis Costello

Audience bonds with English rocker Elvis Costello at San Luis Obispo concert Note: Brittany Hensley, sales manager at The Tribune, attended Elvis Costello’s Sept. 29 concert at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Below is her review. On the night of September 29, 2012, Elvis Costello took the stage at the Performing Arts …

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Sep 12

“Cosmopolis” takes viewers on a long, strange trip

Robert Pattison embarks on a journey through the streets of New York City in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

David Cronenberg’s latest film is a philosophical Odyssey through New York City “A specter is haunting the world — the specter of capitalism.” – “Cosmopolis” Billionaire Eric Packer wants a haircut. Never mind that every hair on his sleek dark head is already impeccably coiffed — as elegant as the tailored designer suit that hangs …

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