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9:07 am
Thu August 16, 2012

ParaNorman

Is it too scary for kids or plain funny for all ages?


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Movies
2:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Cinema Classics August 9, 2012 : The Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy

John and Johnny explore the merits of Nolan's Batman trilogy.

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Movies
8:05 am
Thu August 9, 2012

It's Movie Time August 10, 2012: The Queen of Versailles

John and Carolyn review a delightful and  disturbing documentary.

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Movies
6:53 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Dark Horse

This film can't even qualify as a dark horse.

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Movies
6:17 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Total Recall (2012)

Without Arnie, it's just a video game.

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Movies
6:04 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Ruby Sparks

A cautionary tale about getting what you want.

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Movies
5:51 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The Queen of Versailles

A vivid and ultimaely depressing documentary about greed on the corporate and family level.

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Movie Reviews
3:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

In A Decrepit Future, An Identity Crisis Multiplies

Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that implants memories in its customers, in an attempt to explain a series of recurring dreams. Farrell plays the role originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 film of the same name.
Michael Gibson Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:03 pm

Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.

Directed by Underworld franchise veteran Len Wiseman, the movie retains some elements of Paul Verhoeven's friskier (and more graphically violent) 1990 original. Yet it also makes lots of changes, notably by downplaying the brain-bending aspects of the scenario in favor of thought-free action. (Also, it never leaves a devastated Earth for Mars.)

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Movies
3:28 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

It's Movie Time August 3, 2012: The Watch

Carolyn and John advise their audience not to watch The Watch.

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Movies
11:38 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Cinema Classics August 2, 2012 : Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty

Starring in the  Double Barrell Summer Western Series' McCabe and Mrs. Miller  at The Gateway Film Center, Warren Beatty embodies the best and worst of Hollywood.

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Movies
3:59 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Woodstock on a Rail in 'Festival Express'

Originally published on Fri August 27, 2004 4:06 pm

In the summer of 1970, a train carrying Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Buddy Guy and Janis Joplin rolled from Toronto to Calgary, stopping for scheduled concerts along the way.

Billed as the Canadian Woodstock, The Festival Express was a musician's dream and a promoter's nightmare. The train was loaded with musical instruments, food, liquor -- and a film crew.

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Movies
7:41 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Watch

Four boy-men guard their neighborhood from aliens.

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Remembrances
1:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Lupe Ontiveros

Actress Lupe Ontiveros was known for her roles in the film Selena and the television series Desperate Housewives.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Actress Lupe Ontiveros died Thursday of cancer at the age of 69. She was most famous for her role in the 1997 film Selena, but Ontiveros also acted with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, played a strict mother in the independent film Real Women Have Curves and had a recurring role in the television series Desperate Housewives.

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Movies
4:42 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

The Deep Blue Sea

Desperate love with first-rate acting

The Deep Blue Sea

Grade: B

Director: Terence Davies (The House of Mirth)

Screenplay: Davies (From Terence Rattigan play)

Cast: Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers)

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 min.

by John DeSando

 

“Love, that's all.”  (Hester responds to her husband when he asks her what happened.)

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WCBE Event
5:04 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party
Cinema Classics

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party
Friday, August 03, 2012 
(6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Gateway Film Center

Celebrate the launch of Cinema Classics with WCBE's own Johnny DiLoretto and John DeSando at 6 PM on Friday, August 3 before the premiere of DR. STRANGELOVE at 7 PM. Talk with John and Johnny about your favorite classic films while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Bar tended by celebrity bartender & WCBE staff member, Jim Coe.

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Arts & Life
1:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

From 'Popeye' Doyle to Puccini: William Friedkin

Originally published on Wed September 13, 2006 5:55 pm

Acclaimed film director William Friedkin is perhaps best known for his 1971 film, The French Connection. He won an Oscar for directing the gritty tale of New York narcotics cop, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle.

Friedkin went on to direct The Exorcist, and his latest film is Bug, starring Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.

But a few years ago, he took up another art form: opera.

Although Friedkin, 71, had listened to plenty of opera, he says he had never been to one — until his friend, the conductor Zubin Mehta, suggested that he try directing one.

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Movie Reviews
12:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

A Neighborhood Watch Goes Alien-Hunting

In The Watch, Franklin (Jonah Hill), Evan (Ben Stiller), Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) and Bob (Vince Vaughn) start a neighborhood watch after a Costco security guard is mysteriously killed on duty.
Melinda Sue Gordon 20th Century Fox

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:03 pm

The savings are never passed on to the consumer, but a little product placement has become standard practice for Hollywood movies — a pizza box here or a conspicuously angled soda can there, and few take notice. But product integration is another matter: If a movie has been explicitly designed to accommodate a sponsor, it's worse than just a commercial movie. It's a movie commercial.

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Movie Reviews
12:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

A Dallas hard-luck case (Emile Hirsch, left) hires a corrupt cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his estranged mother when he hears about her rich insurance policy. Needless to say, the plot of Killer Joe doesn't quite work out as planned.
Skip Bolen LD Entertainment

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 3:12 pm

Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

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Movies
1:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Step Up Revolution

Energetic dance sequences tell a story of youthful rebellion against business development in Miami.

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Movies
5:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

It's Movie Time July 27, 2012: Make Believe, Step Up Revolution

Two movies with talented young people striving to perform magic and dance.

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