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119-word movie reviews: Righteous Kill

Posted by on Sep 18, 2008 in News & Events |

2 stars (out of 4) It’s a bad sign when a cop movie tries for instant backstory with a hobbies montage up front, and it’s twice as bad in a buddy cop flick. One plays chess! One coaches softball! One rides a Harley! And they both shoot at paper targets! Once the movie dispenses with this sitcom nonsense, it actually becomes a decent...

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119-word movie reviews: Bangkok Dangerous

Posted by on Sep 9, 2008 in News & Events |

1 star (out of 4) Wow, is this ever a bad movie. Nicholas Cage opens with one of those godawful voice-overs, explaining all the rules he mastered to become a super-duper, top-secret hit man. Then he hires as his right-hand man a skeevy pickpocket. Then he tells the skeeve where he lives. Then he falls in love with a deaf-mute pharmacist. Then he...

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119-word movie reviews: Babylon A.D.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2008 in News & Events |

2.5 stars (out of 4) Hey, this one was a pleasant surprise. I went in knowing little about it – some called it a poor man’s Children of Men. Quick summary: in your garden-variety post-Apocalypse world of dung, a mercenary (Vin Diesel) agrees to escort a teenage girl from a Russian monastery to New York. As it turns out – try not to fall out of your...

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119-word movie reviews: Death Race

Posted by on Aug 29, 2008 in News & Events |

2 stars (out of 4) Joan Allen, who plays a merciless prison warden, unlocks this one when she says, without a trace of camp or irony: “Release the Dreadnought.” (The Dreadnought in question being a tricked-out 18-wheeler sent out to liven up the ol’ death race when the convicts aren’t killing each other with sufficient brio.) Maybe Botox and what...

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in News & Events | 2 comments

Important painting by French cubist Fernand Leger, worth roughly $3 million, goes missing. Most likely chucked in a dumpster during a renovation at Wellesley College. The funny subtext is that the painting had been loaned to, then returned by, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Between the lines it’s clear that hoity-toity Wellesley was just itching to...

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