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Monday, March 18,2013

Lame actually

Witless 'New Year's Eve' is nothing to celebrate

by James Sanford
If your holiday wish is for one more cruise aboard “The Love Boat,” director Garry Marshall may be your cinematic Santa: Although Captain Stubing and cruise director Julie McCoy may have missed the boat, “New Year’s Eve” managed to shanghai plenty of big (and not-so-big) names into appearing in a witless, thoroughly synthetic sitcom, albeit one you have to pay good money to watch.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Crazy' and thoughtful

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin were made to be together — or were they? — in 'Like Crazy'

by James Sanford
You don’t have to have endured a long-distance relationship to appreciate “Like Crazy,” but if you have, you’ll have no trouble identifying with the yearning, the worrying and the loneliness that consume Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones), a couple separated — in a bitterly ironic twist of fate — by their desire to stay together.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Come spy with me

Tom Cruise hits a new high in the fourth — and best — 'Mission: Impossible' adventure

by James Sanford
Thursday, Dec. 15 — Apparently, nobody ever considered offering Tom Cruise the role of James Bond, which may be why the star launched the “Mission: Impossible” line. Based on a TV show that was more memorable for its urgent theme song and its tagline (“This message will self-destruct in five seconds”) than its content, the “Mission” movies have always seemed like afterthoughts in Cruise’s career: They are what he makes when he needs a sure-fire international success to reinforce his box office bankability — or when he wants to collect a major-league check for playing with cutting-edge gadgets, driving dreamy cars and strolling through exotic locales.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Tattoo' two

Rooney Mara is on fire in David Fincher's chilly adaptation of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

by James Sanford
Tuesday, Dec. 20 — Let’s start with the question everyone wants to ask: How does Rooney Mara compare to Noomi Rapace, the actress who became an international sensation in the trilogy of Swedish thrillers adapted from Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster novels?
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Monday, March 18,2013

The age of espionage

Tricky 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' revives a Cold War classic

by James Sanford
If you were mystified by “Memento” and driven to distraction by the mind games of “Inception,” just wait until you try to sort out “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” director Tomas Alfredson’s devilishly perplexing adaptation of John Le Carré’s Cold War classic. It’s a movie that ought to come with its own flow charts. And perhaps a few prerequisite classes. And heck, why not a Secret Decoder Ring as well?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Shake-up ahead in morning news?

Changes may be coming at WILX

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Dec. 21 —' Is David Andrews soon to become a morning man?Reports are circulating that the longtime WILX anchor, who handles the 5 and 6 p.m. news shows, will be moving to mornings in mid-January (the NBC affiliate begins its news coverage at 5 a.m.), with Ja...
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Monday, March 18,2013

Sawyer's Pancake House announces closing date

The Lansing restaurant will shut down Jan. 1

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Dec. 28 — A Lansing restaurant that specializes in using locally purchased organic ingredients in its dishes is shutting its doors at year’s end. Sawyer’s Pancake House has announced it will be closing as of Jan. 1.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Vive la diff'rence

American Crepes brings a French favorite to East Lansing

by James Sanford
Thursday, Jan. 5 — Crepes are a staple of French cuisine. But do they have a place in East Lansing? Mais oui, says Theresa Rice, owner of American Crepes, which opened Dec. 18 in the Trowbridge Plaza.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Top' taping

NPR classical music showcase records at Western Michigan University Sunday

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Jan. 11 — Classical music fans looking for a day trip this weekend might want to consider heading to Kalamazoo for a taping of National Public Radio’s “From the Top.” The program, hosted by renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley, will be recording an episode at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Give it a great big KISS

Mac's Bar sends you back to the 1970s with a showing of the wonderfully cheesy 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park'

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Jan. 11 — Let’s be honest: Some movies are easier to watch if you have a few drinks close at hand. And one excellent case-in-point would be “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park,” the 1978 camp classic that screens tonight at Mac’s Bar.
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