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Thursday, November 29,2012

A surreal take on a classic

‘Anna Karenina’ adaptation employs unique devices

By Dave Taylor
Tolstoy’s classic novel of love and infidelity, Anna Karenina has been brought to stage and screen many times, often with mediocre results due to its complexity.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

An Ang Lee masterpiece

‘Life of Pi’ succeeds at every level

By Dave Taylor
Being stranded in the middle of an unforgiving ocean is a theme that’s been explored in films as diverse as Swiss Family Robinson and Hitchcock’s surprisingly tense Lifeboat. But being cast adrift for more than 200 days in a lifeboat with an adult Bengal tiger?
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Thursday, November 8,2012

Will the real Bond please stand up?

Daniel Craig finally nails spy’s character in ‘Skyfall’

By Dave Taylor
There’s no more iconic spy in Western culture than 007, Bond, James Bond, and with a 50-year cinematic history, the 22 previous films in the franchise also represent an extraordinary body of cinematic work.
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Thursday, August 16,2012

Bourne to be bored

'The Bourne Legacy' meekly attempts Bond-style serialization

By Dave Taylor
The film opens with Cross in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, having to fend off a wolf attack and survive an extraordinarily hostile environment until he meets up with another agent (Oscar Isaac). Cross learns he’s not the only Outcome creation and is then forced to make his way back to civilization after a drone attacks their isolated cabin.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Not your average bear

Seth McFarlane’s ‘Ted’ is surprisingly watchable

By Dave Taylor
Ted is a film about a foul-mouthed teddy bear and a 30-something Bostonian with a hot girlfriend and the maturity of, well, a 35-yearold guy who lives with a stuffed animal. I found Ted to be quite hilarious, even as it was easily one of the crudest and most crass films I’ve seen in the theater so far this year.
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Thursday, June 28,2012

Four score of dead vampires

‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ isn’t as cheesy as it sounds

By Dave Taylor
I’m sick of the sparkly, romantic vampires that are haunting popular cinema, which is why I really enjoyed the historical mashup Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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Thursday, June 7,2012

Scott’s ship sinks

Promising ‘Prometheus’ a disappointment

By Dave Taylor
The problem is that there’s insufficient narrative thread to weave together everything that happens in the film, and much more importantly, there is a large cast of characters who behave in generally inexplicable ways.
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Thursday, May 31,2012

Aliens sunk the battleship

Movie based on board game doesn’t float

By Dave Taylor
Let’s get this out of the way first: If you liked Transformers then you’ll like Battleship. In fact, if you were to take the basic effects and visuals from Transformers and mix them up with Pearl Harbor, you’d be close to the sci-fi spectacle and, alas, mess, that is Battleship. But then again, maybe we shouldn’t expect much from a movie based on a simple children’s board game.
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Thursday, May 10,2012

Barnabas, stay buried

‘Dark Shadows’ remake better left in the ground

By Dave Taylor
Barnabas awakens and returns to Collinwood, the ancestral home, a delightfully creepy run-down 200room mansion complete with turrets, peculiar sculptures and secret passages.
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Monday, May 7,2012

Badly thought out film adaptations, nevermore

'The Raven' is a disappointment

By Dave Taylor
Edgar Allan Poe introduced his 1840s readership to a new kind of fiction: detective novels. In his dark, twisted and often macabre stories, criminals committed crimes and were brought to justice by an
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