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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Fall forward

Studio C! brings back art films starting in September

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As the smoke clears on the summer movie season and the Hollywood studios reap their blockbuster earnings (or bemoan their losses), Studio C! in Okemos is making some room once again for the East Lansing Film Series.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Reefer blandness

Jennifer Aniston tries to save a buzz-less raunchy comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Some comedies demand repeat viewings to allow your brain to wrap around the complexity or the subtlety of the humor, or to soak in a boldly original acting performance. Admittedly, I was no fan of “The Big Lebowski,” “Best in Show” or “Zoolander” the first time I saw them, but I now rank them among my favorites.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Appraising race

Sundance hit 'Fruitvale Station' a powerful reminder of ongoing racial strife

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Between the recent George Zimmerman acquittal and that still-trending celebrity chef nastiness, we are reminded, yet again, that we do not live in anything close to a post-racist society. Apparently America can elect a black president, but it just can’t seem to shake 237 years of ingrained bigotry. Seriously … can we all get along?
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

Backwoods royalty

Quirky comedy captures adolescence at its most surreal

by Allan I. Ross
In the magically surreal world of 'The Kings of Summer,' 15-year-old Joe Toy and a couple of his buddies build a functional two-story house out of found materials, 'Gilligan’s Island'-style, in the middle of a suburban Ohio patch of woods. Then they run away from home to live in it for a summer.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Star pluckers

‘The Bling Ring’ enlightens as it enrages

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Use your illusion

'Now You See Me' gets original with bank-robbing magicians

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The 2006 dueling magician movie "The Prestige" laid out the three aspects of a magic trick: The pledge (introduction of a seemingly normal object), the turn (making something extraordinary happen to that object) and the prestige.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Mississippi 'Mud'

McConaughey sheds pride, not shirt, in powerful performance

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After an electrifying breakthrough performance in 1996's "A Time to Kill" — followed by solid showings in "Contact" and "Amistad" — Matthew McConaughey mostly slummed it through the '00s.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Heavy metal

Intelligent 'Iron Man 3' gets more than armor-deep

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Since the superhero genre was reinvigorated in 2000 with the earnest "X-Men" flick, comic book movies have become, with a few exceptions, less laughable and more laugh-all-the-way-to-the-bankable — and attracting top-tier acting talent, to boot.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

League of extraordinary gentleman

Jackie Robinson biopic a powerful, bittersweet victory

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The first time we see Jackie Robinson in the biopic "42," he's in silhouette, crouched like a tiger, leading off about 10 feet from first base at a Negro League night game. The pitcher winds up, throws one over the plate, and Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks into a loping sprint.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Capital City Film Festival brings the magic

by City Pulse Staff
Capital City Film Festival director Dominic Cochran calls the 55 submitted and curated films the festival’s "strongest line-up so far," opting to include a couple that have already been out for awhile.
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