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The Amazing Spiderman 2 – perfect for any fan of the superhero genre.
Belle – A coming of age piece set in 19th century England
Beneath The Harvest …

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Black Swan
December 5, 2010 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
Black Swan

By Richard von Busack
THE WEIGHT of Black Swan’s neon-purple romanticism falls on Natalie Portman’s thin shoulders. Starved to a skeleton for the role of a prima ballerina, she’s aesthetically pleasing: the fine Vulcan eyebrows and …

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
October 29, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

by Richard von Busack
THE GLOWING harbor views and country-scapes of The Girl Who Played With Fire are replaced in its sequel, a televisionistic series of close-ups of baleful Swedes frowning at each other over tables …

The Cat and the Canary (1939)
October 27, 2010 – 2:08 pm | No Comment
The Cat and the Canary (1939)

The creepy old house mystery is Halloween-lite; horror for those who really don’t care for horror much…for those who’d like to be in the season’s mood but don’t want to be jolted. No one should …

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
October 26, 2010 – 11:17 am | One Comment
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

by Richard von Busack
Remember Tim Burton’s Ed Wood arguing that the naïve folk artist director Wood had some parallels to Orson Welles, on the grounds that Wood, too, was a complete filmmaker? William Castle, …

13th Annual UNAFF Film Fest
October 22, 2010 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
13th Annual UNAFF Film Fest

by Richard von Busack
“Population, Migration, Globalization” are the three themes of the 13th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival, which brings a matchless selection of documentaries to the South Bay and beyond. Highlights here; below …

Hereafter
October 22, 2010 – 10:15 am | No Comment
Hereafter

by Richard von Busack
THE OPENING of the morose and oatmeal-colored Hereafter is an act few films could follow. It’s a flawlessly animated tsunami crashing into a tropical island. When a disaster strikes in a movie, …

Jackass 3D
October 18, 2010 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
Jackass 3D

by Richard von Busack
Margaret Atwood said “baseball is what America was, football is what America is,” and it’s clear that Jackass 3D is what America is becoming. Undeniably visceral entertainment that it is, it’s a …

Highlights of the 2010 Pacific Rim Film Fesitval
October 13, 2010 – 12:03 pm | No Comment
Highlights of the 2010 Pacific Rim Film Fesitval

by Richard von Busack
The 22nd Annual Pacific Rim Film Festival plays Oct 15-20 in Santa Cruz, California. Admission is free. For more information check the Santa Cruz Weekly’s website  or the Pacific Rim Film …

Waiting for Superman
October 11, 2010 – 10:35 am | No Comment
Waiting for Superman

by Richard von Busack
WHEN a documentary filmmaker phrases a social problem in a way sure to break your heart, beware. Waiting for Superman by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) follows five young students as they …

Secretariat
October 7, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment
Secretariat

By Richard von Busack
Today’s riddle: when is a horse a bum steer?
I was ready to believe that Seabiscuit ended the Depression—as far as I was concerned, they could have had the pony rescuing FDR from …

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