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Review: Miyazaki delivers another masterpiece in ‘Wind Rises’

Review: Miyazaki delivers another masterpiece in ‘Wind Rises’

Since Pixar co-founder John Lasseter became head of Disney’s animation department, he has worked to bring Hayao Miyazaki’s films, new and old, to the U.S. for both theatrical and home…

Review: ‘3 Days to Kill’ tries to do too many things and fails at all

Review: ‘3 Days to Kill’ tries to do too many things and fails at all

French filmmaker Luc Besson has been responsible for some great action movies, including “The Professional,” “Taken,” “Unleashed,” “The Fifth Element” and “The Transporter.” No one bats .1000, but past successes…

Review: ‘Pompeii’ fizzles with a script lacking in focus and emotion

Review: ‘Pompeii’ fizzles with a script lacking in focus and emotion

Maybe it’s because I’ve always been fascinated by the Roman Empire and its history and influence, but I was really hoping “Pompeii” would be a great film mixing fiction and…

Review: ‘Winter’s Tale’ adds some magic to your typical date movie fare

Review: ‘Winter’s Tale’ adds some magic to your typical date movie fare

“Winter’s Tale” is an oddball of a movie, a romance with a healthy dose of magical realism that we don’t typically get in films targeted for adults. For the uninitiated,…

Review: Dench, Coogan are at the top of their game in ‘Philomena’

Review: Dench, Coogan are at the top of their game in ‘Philomena’

Like five other best picture nominees, “Philomena” is based on a true story, one that is both heartbreaking and uplifting, sweet and sad, thought-proving and anger-inducing. Thanks to two stellar…

Review: ‘The Lego Movie’ built with good jokes, engaging story

Review: ‘The Lego Movie’ built with good jokes, engaging story

“The Lego Movie” is a legitimately good time and the most genuinely funny animated film I’ve seen in years. What could have easily been simply a 100-minute commercial for the…

Review: ‘Monuments Men’ could have been an excellent mini-series

Review: ‘Monuments Men’ could have been an excellent mini-series

“Monuments Men” is directed by George Clooney (“The Ides of March”), who–like Ben Affleck–has turned his status as a leading man into a successful side career as a director. Joining…

‘Spamalot’ opens Feb. 14

The School of Theatre at Florida State University with Seven Days of Opening Nights kicks off the New Year tonight (Friday) with “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” “Lovingly ripped off” from the…

Review: ‘The Nut Job’ does not start 2014 off well for animation

Review: ‘The Nut Job’ does not start 2014 off well for animation

The year’ss first animated release, “The Nut Job,” is from fledging studios Toonbox Entertainment in Canada and Red Rover International in South Korea. Based on its trailers, you’d think this…

Review: ‘I, Frankenstein’ is popcorn entertainment for January

Review: ‘I, Frankenstein’ is popcorn entertainment for January

Perhaps it’s the low expectations of Januaries past, but I can forgive a less-than-stellar film if it entertains me. And the latest offering, “I, Frankenstein,” is one of those movies.…