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Last 'Twilight' film lines up with the rest

Four books that took approximately a week to read (total, not apiece) somehow turned into five movies spread over five years. Kind of ironic. Read more

'Total Recall' a total blast

Fans of The Governator's 1990 version of "Total Recall" tend to share a common concern with this reboot. They're worried that an iconic figure from the original will be forgotten in the Colin Farrell version. Read more

Stone's 'Savages' makes more impact than sense

Oliver Stone does drugs. For some reason, that seems important to point out from the get-go here. He'd be perfectly OK with me writing that, by the way. When it comes specifically to marijuana, he's downright proud of his habit. Read more

'End of the World' not what you may think

Does anyone really enjoy getting tricked? Maybe someone has a story about getting tricked into receiving, with no strings attached, a fortune. That would be an enjoyable trick. Read more

'Reunion' a familiar pleasure

My 10-year Crimson Bear reunion was - gulp! - two years ago. At the time I was slow to commit to attending, a little afraid of a long list of things. Maybe people wouldn't remember me; that would be painfully awkward. Read more

Highly anticipated 'Hunger Games' does not wow this fan of the books

The boob tube takes a seat on the bench this month (although I'm excited to write about "Cougar Town" next month, no joke). It has to. Read more

Juneau makes the Big Screen in Alaska film 'Big Miracle'

Juneau is part of the new movie, "Big Miracle" (Glacier Cinemas), literally, from the first frame. (Technically, that's not quite accurate. It isn't, literally, the first frame. Read more

'Paris' does little to alleviate Allen aversion

I think I might hate Woody Allen. Not really sure how else to explain it. I (might) hate Woody Allen. He's a walking, talking classic. His movies are revered and discussed in college classrooms across the country. Read more

'Moneyball' watchable even for non-fanatics

O n the list of sports I care about as a fan, baseball is well behind both football and basketball. Read more

'Idiot Brother' as appealing as a puppy

You don't like puppies. You're weird, then, sir (or madam). Right? How can one not like puppies? You don't have to buy one, take it home, raise it, love it, and start referring to it as your "kid" (although I encourage and highly recommend it). Read more

‘30 Minutes’ short enough to work

C ontrary to popular belief, to be totally separated from any form of reality, a movie does not necessarily have to include any of the following... Read more

‘Cowboys’ neither rad nor bad

The first time I read a synopsis for “Cowboys & Aliens” several months ago, I’m pretty sure there was a giggle. With a concept... Read more

Final ‘Potter’ not just for Potterites

Daniel Radcliffe steps into the room – I’m kidding.

Although, it would be kind of funny to have both versions of Radcliffe in a... Read more

A (fictional) sit-down with Michael Bay

Michael Bay steps into the room and closes the door behind him. He doesn’t say anything, just looks at me. I’ve been doodling on my... Read more

‘Penguins’ elicits few real laughs

FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

When Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) went into his super-slow-mo mode — wearing a pink tutu and trying to gain access... Read more

Predict the winners (retroactively)

Be honest. During the Oscars last weekend when it came time for the nominees for “Short Films” (live action and animation), you took a bathroom break. Or you picked that moment to score some points with your spouse by thanking them for a lovely dinner. Whatever, you didn’t pay attention to the TV because you had not seen any of the ten films nominated. Right? Read more

Romcom formula comes up lacking in 'With It'

Unfortunately, you are not going to like “Just Go With It.” Read more

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