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‘Anonymous’ full of beds, Bard and balderdash

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags: , ,

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To be or not to be Shakespeare? That is the question at the heart of “Anonymous” (Columbia), which takes up the old and debunked chestnut of a conspiracy theory that William Shakespeare was a fraud, never having written a play or sonnet in his entire life.

Director Roland Emmerich, having rampaged through New York City in 1998’s “Godzilla” and nearly destroyed the entire planet in “Independence Day” (1996) and “2012” (2009), sets out to humiliate the Bard of Avon. His style is part Oliver Stone, part Dan Brown in “Da Vinci Code” mode — playing very loose with the facts and changing history to suit the agenda of John Orloff’s script.

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‘In Time’ presents world where 25-year-olds have no future

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Movies, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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The dystopia sketched out in the sci-fi thriller “In Time” (Fox) is intriguing and, theoretically at least, more than a little chilling. In the near future, each member of society has been genetically engineered to stop aging when they reach 25, after which they’ll live for only one more year unless they can add more time to their biological clock.

With seconds, minutes, hours and days serving as currency, the wealthy can live forever while the less privileged must hustle to acquire time by any means necessary. An LED display on each person’s forearm reveals how much time remains before they expire. Units of chronology are up- and downloaded via scanners and can be transferred between individuals when they clasp arms in a particular way.

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‘The Rum Diary’ is alcohol-fueled coming of age story

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags: ,

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Smoke, drink, be hung over, repeat. That’s the lusty refrain of “The Rum Diary” (FilmDistrict), although you would expect nothing else from a film based on gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s roman a clef about his early years in the business, living in Puerto Rico.

To its credit, the movie, written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Johnny Depp as Thompson’s alter ego Paul Kemp, doesn’t try to glamorize the abundant substance abuse. It’s set in 1960, when such behavior was considered part and parcel of newspapering, along with colorful swearing and perpetually rumpled clothes.

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Paranormal Activity 3

October 24th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Catholic News Service

The “Paranormal Activity” franchise, which began in 2009, has provided a forceful illustration of the genuine jolts that can be exacted from an audience without resort to the bucket-of-blood approach that characterizes all too many contemporary horror films. In that respect, “Paranormal Activity 3” (Paramount) continues a commendable tradition.

Nevertheless, the satanic elements of the plot that eventually come to the fore will make even many adults want to steer clear of this latest installment, as too may the vulgar language indulged in by the startled.

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The Three Musketeers

October 24th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags:

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Catholic imagery abounds in “The Three Musketeers” (Summit), the latest remake of Alexandre Dumas’ durable costume epic of 17th-century swordsmanship, French patriotism and political treachery.

A quick inventory: Aramis (Luke Evans), a former priest, blesses himself and carries a rosary. D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) has a climactic swordfight with the Englishman Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen) on the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris — a sequence so overblown, one half-expects Quasimodo to pop out of his bell tower.

As always, there’s also the problematic Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz), who was, of course, the real-life prime minister to King Louis XIII and a practitioner of political intrigue with England and other powers.

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“Mighty Macs” actress visits Padua Academy

October 21st, 2011 Posted in Movies, Our Diocese Tags: , , ,

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WILMINGTON – Meghan Sabia’s life has been a whirlwind recently as the Oct. 21 release of “The Mighty Macs” drew near, but the Philadelphia actress – who portrays a member of the Immaculata College national championship team in the film – took some time Wednesday morning to speak to students at Padua Academy in Wilmington.

Sabia said she welcomes the opportunity to speak at schools about the film and her experiences, and the environment at Padua suited her just fine.

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‘The Mighty Macs’ is ‘Rocky’ with basketballs

October 20th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags:

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By Joseph McAleer

“The Mighty Macs” is the fact-based story of a women’s basketball team from a Catholic college who, through the grit and determination of their rookie coach, got a shot at the national title.

This old-fashioned, family-friendly film is “Sister Act” without the singing, “Rocky” with basketballs, and “The Trouble with Angels” with Ellen Bursytn in the Rosalind Russell role of the mother superior.

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Immaculata coach recalls ‘Mighty Macs’

October 19th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Movies

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In the same time it has taken the movie “The Mighty Macs” to get from a finished product to 1,000 movie screens, the team the film profiles had won three national women’s college basketball championships.

Cathy Rush, who coached the Immaculata College Mighty Macs to those championships 1972-74, said it was to be expected.

“As soon as the movie was finished, the economy collapsed. There was no money for independent movies,” Rush said in an Oct. 12 interview with Catholic News Service. But, seemingly as suddenly as money dried up to exhibit independent films, Freestyle Releasing stepped in with an offer to distribute “The Mighty Macs,” opening nationwide Oct. 21.

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The Big Year

October 17th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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The warmhearted seriocomedy “The Big Year” takes its title from a real-life competition in which birdwatchers across the country vie to spot the greatest number of different species between one New Year’s Day and the next.

Huh, who knew?

Taking up this challenge on screen, each for his own reasons, are wildly successful business tycoon Stu (Steve Martin), rudderless nuclear power plant worker Brad (Jack Black) and much-divorced home contractor Kenny (Owen Wilson). Read more »

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‘The Way’ — A thinking person’s road movie

October 17th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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A thinking person’s road movie, “The Way” follows a quartet of central characters along the ancient pilgrimage route from France to the Spanish shrine of Santiago de Compostela, even as it conducts viewers through a reflective, and ultimately rewarding, exploration of elemental themes.

Writer-director Emilio Estevez’s drama challenges materialistic values and treats faith with refreshing respect. But its focus — like the varied motivations of the contemporary pilgrims it portrays — is more broadly spiritual than specifically religious. Thus Catholicism is treated as something the onscreen travelers encounter rather than fully embrace. Read more »

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