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Wednesday, February 6,2013

What a world ...

Doc shows striking images of melting glaciers, but doesn't inspire change

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's pretty much settled that humans are responsible for changing the world's climate. Unfortunately, we're submerged in the world of pop culture where loud-mouthed idiots like Rush Limbaugh dupe Americans into questioning the facts. It's sad that people even think climate change is still up for discussion.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

The Screening Room

The best parts are made up

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Extraordinary real-life events can make for some great movies. Change a few names, insert a love interest, cut, print and call it a day. Take "Argo," for example — with its combination of political intrigue, Hollywood insider-ism and armchair-gripping suspense, it's a textbook case of a true story that goes great with a little butter and salt.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Do you hear the people sing?

Film adaptation of 'world's most popular musical' is a triumph

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Les MisÚrables" is quite possibly the most perfect movie ever committed to film: A visionary adaptation of the powerful Broadway musical starring some of modern film's most exciting actors — where could it go wrong?
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Back in the hobbit

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Peter Jackson wrapped up his ambitious "Lord of the Rings" saga in 2003 with the triumphant "The Return of the King," it was assumed that was the end of Middle-earth as we knew it — and that was fine. Now, however, after a decade of production woes, Jackson is once again whisking us away for a series of halfling-centric magical adventures with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," part one of a new planned trilogy.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Keeping the Sun from setting

Williamston movie theater turns to crowdsourcing to leap into 21st century

by Rich Tupica
There's a flickering cinematic nostalgia that hits moviegoers when they take in a movie at the Sun Theatre in downtown Williamston. It's a virtual 1950s time warp of a structure, complete with a metal-panel facade and a wide, V-shaped marquee that extends above the entrances.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

The Screening Room

Doc on Detroit folk singer is stranger than fiction

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Fourteen years ago, a poverty-stricken demolition worker from Detroit took the stage of a South African arena. He stood there, guitar in hand, while the thousands in attendance drowned out his attempt to launch into a song. They showered him with a five-minute ovation, screaming his name and shouting that they loved him while he slowly took it all in.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Coming soon: a theater near you

Upscale movie theater will provide an intimate, full-service experience

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Sometime in 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will come out and you can already picture the midnight premiere: middle-aged fanboys and fangirls dressed like Vader, Fett and Slave Leia, swinging plastic lightsabers at each other as they stand in 12-hour lines that stretch around the movie theater.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

The Screening Room

Day-Lewis brings 16th prez to life in 'Lincoln'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Biopics, lately, have been wasted on the eccentric. But if ever there was a man who deserved one, it's the 16th president of the United States — and who better to deliver than the one-two punch of 'ber-auteur Steven Spielberg and method actor extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis? It’s a match made in celluloid heaven.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

ELFF Esteem

East Lansing Film Festival celebrates 15 years of cinematic art

by ALLAN I. ROSS
At the 2012 East Lansing Film Festival — kicking off tonight — Scandinavian art thieves and time-traveling romantic rivals go head-to-head with real-life sushi masters and a mythical folk singer from Detroit. This will be ELFF's quindecennial (that's the big 1-5, folks), and director Susan Woods says she's still finding ways to pique the interests of festival attendees.
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