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Friday, February 17,2012

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'War': What is it good for? Absolute escapism

by James Sanford
A combination of star power and firepower can be a pretty good start when it comes to building a blockbuster, as the director known simply as McG demonstrated with his "Charlie's Angels" films almost a decade ago.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

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Cronenberg tackles 'Dangerous' material with style

by James Sanford
Jungīs patient will become his secret lover, which jeopardizes his personal and professional relationship with his mentor, Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But when Freud and Spielrein finally meet, Freudīs stern stance is challenged.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

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Cheers and jeers for this year's Oscar nominations

by James Sanford
There has never been — and will never be — a flawless crop of Academy Award nominations. But this yearīs roster, which was announced Tuesday morning, has more than its share of astonishing omissions.
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Friday, January 20,2012

The screening room

Fassbender and Mulligan rock the Naked City in ‘Shame’

by James Sanford
Their eyes meet. They are seated across from each other on a New York subway train, but itīs immediately apparent each of them is imagining how much closer they could get. She smiles shyly while glancing at him slyly. He stares at her intently, almost — but not quite — smiling. In the silence, you can almost hear their blood boiling and the crackle of electricity in the stale air.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

The song of David

Okemos native Michael Lluberes calls his show ‘The Boy in the Bathroom’ ‘an intimate musical’ about isolation

by James Sanford
The show in question is “The Boy in the Bathroom,” with book and lyrics by Okemos native Michael Lluberes and music and additional lyrics by Joe Maloney. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. presents the Midwest premiere of “Boy,” starting Thursday.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Before sunrise

David Andrews anchors the expanded WILX morning newscast

by James Sanford
Getting up early in the morning is nothing new for WILX news anchor David Andrews. He’s been married to WFMK-FM morning-show DJ Monica Harris for 24 years, and she’s been starting work before sunrise the entire time they’ve been together.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

The screening room

The typically superb Streep galvanizes 'The Iron Lady'

by James Sanford
Streep’s performance is, like most of her work, splendidly textured and multi-dimensional. When Streep is truly in her groove, she completely disappears into her character., and thatīs what happens here: She gives herself over to Thatcherīs stern starchiness and conjures up that steely voice that, the movie tells us, was the result of intense vocal coaching.
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Monday, January 9,2012

Screening room

Here’s one ‘Trespass’ you shouldn’t forgive

by James Sanford
“Would you shut up?” one of the villains barks in “Trespass.” “You’re taking all the air out of the room ' air that other people could do good things with!” If you think that’s a clumsy and mindbogglingly lame line, wait until you hear the rest of...
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Monday, January 9,2012

The name behind 'Anonymous'

Screenwriter John Orloff never gave up on his dream project; now, it’s opening nationwide

by James Sanford
"Growing up, if you wanted to be part of the conversation, you had to be talking movies," he said, with a smile, during a visit to Ann Arbor last month.
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Monday, January 9,2012

Screening room

Nothing is as it seems in first-rate ’Descendants’

by James Sanford
Given his circumstances that may be one of the easier decisions Matt will have to make. His sportsloving daredevil of a wife, Elizabeth, is on life-support after a boating accident, and the prognosis is grim. His 17-year-old daughter, Alex superbly played.
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