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Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ is a powerful film that serves as a reminder of the cost of war

Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ is a powerful film that serves as a reminder of the cost of war

Telling the true story of the ill-fated 2005 Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, “Lone Survivor” is one of the most powerful and impactful war movies I’ve seen. It’s a very…

Review: ‘Her’ is a unique romance with one of the most original stories in years

Review: ‘Her’ is a unique romance with one of the most original stories in years

“Her,” which is one of the most unique romances I’ve seen and one of the most original screenplays in years. In an age where we complain about sequels and reboots…

Review: Coen brothers’ latest has great acting, dialogue, but ‘Llewyn Davis’ lacks drive

Review: Coen brothers’ latest has great acting, dialogue, but ‘Llewyn Davis’ lacks drive

“Inside Llewyn Davis,” it is a film that is very much in the art house zone, while keeping the usual trademarks of a Coen brothers project: tight direction, wonderful dialogue,…

Review: Searching for meaning, money in ‘Nebraska’

Review: Searching for meaning, money in ‘Nebraska’

Another art house project receiving a wider release in the run-up to the Academy Awards, “Nebraska” is a funny, emotionally engaging film with a simple story about aging parents and…

Review: Dreaming big and living large in ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

Review: Dreaming big and living large in ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

Expanding greatly on the original story’s premise–an everyday man who daydreams of adventure and fame–“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” is a feel good movie with a gentle hand at…

Review: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ goes too far too long telling a story of excess

Review: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ goes too far too long telling a story of excess

Soaked in booze, drugs, sex, money and an overwhelming greed for all of the above, Jordan Belfort was the poster child of everything wrong with Wall Street. Martin Scorsese’s adaptation…

Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is a personal story about art born out of life

Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is a personal story about art born out of life

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer I was intrigued to hear about “Saving Mr. Banks,” a movie about the untold story behind the making of “Mary Poppins,” starring Tom Hanks…

Review: ‘Desolation of Smaug’ improves on first ‘Hobbit’ film in every way

Review: ‘Desolation of Smaug’ improves on first ‘Hobbit’ film in every way

Last year, when “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” arrived, I said it was very hard to judge the film on its own, since it only provided one third of the…

Bach Parlay presents ‘Kids Go for B’roque’

The Tallahassee Bach Parley is seeking applicants for “Kids Go for B’roque” 2014, an annual competition and honors concert for musicians 18 years old and younger currently studying with a…

Review: Bale, Affleck shine in slow, uneven ‘Out of the Furnace’

Review: Bale, Affleck shine in slow, uneven ‘Out of the Furnace’

When I left “Out of the Furnace,” the dark-themed drama from director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), I had a pretty good idea about what I felt about it. But I…