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  • Published
    March 17, 2011

    Movies: Pegg, Frost unable to lift sub-par ‘Paul’

    When you’re really good at something, the time comes when the ghosts of your earlier accomplishments are your toughest competition. The English comedy team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who brilliantly satirized zombie movies in “Shaun of the Dead” and buddy-cop flicks in “Hot Fuzz,” gave audiences huge laughs, and gave themselves an extremely hard […]

  • Published
    March 17, 2011

    Movies: Screwballs of ‘Cedar Rapids’ hit target by keeping it real

    There aren’t many things in this world as funny as simple, clueless sincerity. The TV series “The Office” gets this. “Cedar Rapids,” the new insurance salesman-convention comedy starring Ed Helms, may be “The Office” meets “The Hangover,” with plenty of lowdown and “Oh no they didn’t” laughs. But what makes it work is its footing […]

  • Published
    March 17, 2011

    Movies: Drama again for McConaughey in turn as ‘Lincoln Lawyer’

    LOS ANGELES – Matthew McConaughey has just cracked open his second Corona when the man wearing Mardi Gras beads and a Village People policeman’s cap approaches his car. “Do you know Duane?” the inebriated-looking man asks with suspicion, poking his head inside the window and gesturing to the house the car happens to be parked […]

  • Published
    March 17, 2011

    The Movies: For Bradley Cooper, the possibilities are ‘limitless’

    He's movin' on up to the A list, starring opposite Robert De Niro in a new thriller.

  • Published
    March 10, 2011

    The Movies: This is war

    Don't expect much comic relief in 'Battle: Los Angeles,' an us-against-aliens combat flick that blows things up spectacularly and careens along at a video-game pace.

  • Published
    March 10, 2011

    Movie Review: What a very grim film they’ve made, Grandma

    Catherine Hardwicke tries to transfer her panting pretty young thing “Twilight” style to “Red Riding Hood,” a werewolf-without-the-vampires fantasy aimed at that magical PG-13 audience. And for all the heaving bosoms, the big-eyed flirtation and the cool fairytale hair products, it doesn’t work. Amanda Seyfried has the title role. She is Valerie, who wears the […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2011

    Movie Review: ‘Mars Needs Moms’ a nice tale that could use more laughs

    You’ll want to stay through the closing credits of the new motion-capture animated adventure “Mars Needs Moms,” a film from the people who gave us “The Polar Express.” There are four minutes of clips of the real-live cast of the film — Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler among them — wearing the mo-cap […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2011

    Indie Film: Rated Local film fest bringing worthy shorts to the big screen

    Get ready Maine filmmakers, the big screen is calling. It’s getting easier all the time for aspiring movie mavens to make their own films. And thanks to that crazy Internet I’ve been hearing so much about, it’s also pretty easy for those movies to be seen by large numbers of people. But seeing your work […]

  • Published
    March 3, 2011

    The Movies: Chemistry lesson

    Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have it, although "Adjustment Bureau" is more thriller than romance.

  • Published
    March 3, 2011

    Movie Review: ‘Rango’ slithers into a world not quite for the kiddies

    Whose idea was it to turn loose those latter-day Caribbean pirates Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and (director) Gore Verbinski on a cartoon, ostensibly for kids? “Rango” requires some explanation. It is funny, inventive and downright daft. But who is it for, what is it and most pointedly — what is the point? Many’s the movie […]

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