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  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    By Richard von Busack IF The Avengers featured British pensioners, it would be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tickets and showtimes here.)  Senior citizens deserve this reward; they’re good and faithful moviegoers. Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a summit for British thespians as several distinguished elders meet in a story held together by a peeling retirement hotel in Jaipur, a Raj-era ruin. The .....

  • I Wake Up Dreaming 2012: The French...

    By Richard von Busack Beautiful and doomed, the denizens of the two week retrospective at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater carry out their appointed fates: victims spared from the American movie industry’s insistence on the punished villain and the happy ending. Not for such as these is what Robert Warshow called "the euphoria that spreads out like the broad smile on the face of an idiot". The unmissable May 13 bill of three films and a TV show includes the just over an hour long melodr.....

  • Dark Shadows

    By Richard von Busack It didn't live fast, but Dark Shadows (Dark Shadows tickets and showtimes here) leaves a beautiful corpse. The clown-white makeup on the haunted Collins family alone gives this pulseless reboot the look of something the mortician pumped up and propped up. Seth Grahame-Smith's wretched script bypasses everything that gave the Hawthorne-ish soap opera style. The chained up coffin of the early-American vampire Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is opened by a crew of workme.....

  • Overlooked Classics The Iron Giant

    by Matt Sills Most cartoons are created as entertainment, to placate children for a couple of hours.  There are pretty colors, goofy characters or talking animals, and a few chuckles, but rarely a story worthy of dissection.  Sometimes an animated film is released that delves deeper, delivering a not only a wonderful story and animation, but a message that can resonate with both young and old alike.  Such a film is "The Iron Giant", the absolutely brilliant and criminally neglected 1999 .....

  • Monsieur Lazhar

    By Richard von Busack You can recognize the shape of the Canadian Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar (showtimes and tickets here) at 500 yards. It follows the pattern of legions of films from Goodbye Mr Chips to Ciao Professore!, complete with the emphasis on the seasonal change: a wintery classroom giving way to leafy summer as the school year ends. Director/writer Phillipe Falardeau reflects a cosmopolitan Montreal in the story of Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a widower Algerian immigran.....

  • The Avengers

    By Richard von Busack Joss Whedon’s simply colossal The Avengers (The Avengers tickets and showtimes here) applauds the beauty of cooperation. Not such a stupid idea, considering what the lack of it is doing to our Republic. At a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. laboratory, scientists try to harness the “tesseract”: the glowing blue cosmic cube that fell from far Asgard to Earth. Problem: “We don’t have a harness.” Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) escapes the implosion of the lab; there’s a tear .....

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