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New to DVD: 'Jack and Jill,' 'Footloose' and 'Game of Thrones'

New to DVD: 'Jack and Jill,' 'Footloose' and 'Game of Thrones'

2012-03-08 08:45:00

It's been 27 years since Kevin Bacon played an outsider in "Footloose."


'Billion Dollar Movie' is sketchy at worst

'Billion Dollar Movie' is sketchy at worst

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Cartoon Network alumni Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim bring their lower-than-lowbrow "style" to the big screen.


'Project X' offers lessons in bad behavior

'Project X' offers lessons in bad behavior

2012-03-02 11:30:00

"Project X" celebrates sexist, illegal, selfish and just plain stupid behavior although it is energetically assembled and set to hip-hop and


Delightful 'Lorax' addresses environmental preservation

Delightful 'Lorax' addresses environmental preservation

2012-03-02 10:45:00

You don't need a Whisper-ma-Phone to hear the environmental message in "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax."


'We Need to Talk About Kevin' a disturbing and haunting movie

'We Need to Talk About Kevin' a disturbing and haunting movie

2012-03-02 00:00:00

The tick-tick-tick sound in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" could be anything, you think at first.


New to DVD: 'Hugo,' 'Johnny English Reborn'

New to DVD: 'Hugo,' 'Johnny English Reborn'

2012-03-01 12:35:00

With "Hugo," director Martin Scorsese celebrates the history and magic of film itself.


'Chico & Rita' charms

'Chico & Rita' charms

2012-03-01 12:27:00

You can see (and hear) why Chico is so in love with Rita, and why everyone is so in love with 1948 Cuba in the animated love story that bear


Perry's 'Good Deeds' not such a good thing

Perry's 'Good Deeds' not such a good thing

2012-02-25 11:39:00

There are always pearls of wisdom in the cinematic sermonettes of Tyler Perry.


Amanda Seyfried fails to make the sale in 'Gone'

Amanda Seyfried fails to make the sale in 'Gone'

2012-02-25 00:00:00

Here's something they don't teach you in acting school.


'Ghost Rider' sequel a great bad movie

'Ghost Rider' sequel a great bad movie

2012-02-18 11:57:00

Of all the bad horror/fantasy /sci-fi/action pictures Nicolas Cage has cranked out over the past decade, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"


'The Secret World of Arrietty' loses something in translation

'The Secret World of Arrietty' loses something in translation

2012-02-17 10:55:00

"The Secret World of Arrietty" is an odd blend of Japanese animation, English-speaking characters, a 50-year-old children's classic


'Pina' a fine tribute to choreographer

'Pina' a fine tribute to choreographer

2012-02-17 10:44:00

"Pina," Wim Wenders' Oscar-nominated documentary, arrives today at the Manor Theater. Alas, it's 2-D, not the much touted 3-D version.


'This Means War' doesn't quite deliver as romcom or action film

'This Means War' doesn't quite deliver as romcom or action film

2012-02-17 10:34:00

It's hard to think outside the box -- the box being television -- when you've made hundreds of millions of dollars inside it.


New to DVD: 'The Rum Diary' and 'Take Shelter'

New to DVD: 'The Rum Diary' and 'Take Shelter'

2012-02-16 00:00:00

"The Rum Diary" -- Hunter S. Thompson's first novel -- chronicles the late great gonzo journalist's fear and loathing in Puerto Rico, where


3-D can't hide the flaws in 'Phantom Menace'

3-D can't hide the flaws in 'Phantom Menace'

2012-02-13 10:33:00

Here's what you may (or may not) remember from "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace," now back in theaters in 3-D. The laughs, what f


'Safe House' -- Spy and mind games in brutal bromance

'Safe House' -- Spy and mind games in brutal bromance

2012-02-10 00:00:00

"You crushed my windpipe," the raspy-voiced CIA operative reminds his prisoner. "You locked me in the trunk,"


Romantic drama 'The Vow' underwhelms

Romantic drama 'The Vow' underwhelms

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Must have been a false memory planted by previews or TV commercials. I mistakenly thought "The Vow"


Live-action shorts best among Oscar nominees

Live-action shorts best among Oscar nominees

2012-02-10 00:00:00

From Renaissance cameos to cinematic ones, the art of the miniature is a many-splendored thing.


'Journey 2': wholesome sequel tackles unusual mission to a mysterious island

'Journey 2': wholesome sequel tackles unusual mission to a mysterious island

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Michael Caine must be a jolly good sport. Some time during the making of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,"


Oscar-nominated documentaries gripping and revealing

Oscar-nominated documentaries gripping and revealing

2012-02-10 00:00:00

A Pakistani woman named Zakia, weary of a husband who was an abusive drug addict and alcoholic, went to court to divorce him.


'I Am Bruce Lee' explores the power and struggles of martial arts legend

'I Am Bruce Lee' explores the power and struggles of martial arts legend

2012-02-09 00:00:00

A quality documentary about the life of Bruce Lee has been both inevitable and a long time coming.


New to DVD: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,' 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'

New to DVD: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,' 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'

2012-02-09 00:00:00

If you wondered -- or worried -- that actress Kristen Stewart lost weight to look so deathly thin in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn --


Documentary honors legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte

Documentary honors legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte

2012-02-09 00:00:00

"Sing Your Song" doubles as a 105-minute argument for Harry Belafonte to receive Oscar's Jean Hersholt Award for his humanitarian work.


Guests check in but the scares don't in 'The Innkeepers'

Guests check in but the scares don't in 'The Innkeepers'

2012-02-09 00:00:00

It's hard to convey a "creepy vibe" on film and that is what the cast and crew of "The Innkeepers" experienced -- twice, in some cases.


Person of interest: Chris Bell

Person of interest: Chris Bell

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Chris Bell, 25, was named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 list, along with more famous names like LeBron James and actor Jonah Hill,


'Chronicle' packs plenty of excitement

'Chronicle' packs plenty of excitement

2012-02-03 00:00:00

This is how the young Clark Kent must have felt. If Clark Kent had been on Facebook.


Whale of a Tale: Heartwarming story retold in 'Big Miracle'

Whale of a Tale: Heartwarming story retold in 'Big Miracle'

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Freeing Willy was a cakewalk compared to what would-be rescuers face in Alaska.


'Woman in Black' a few frights short of scary

'Woman in Black' a few frights short of scary

2012-02-03 00:00:00

"The Woman in Black" is a ghost story for beginners. It stars Daniel Radcliffe, is rated PG-13, and runs just 95 minutes.


New to DVD: 'Drive,' 'The Thing,' 'The Big Year'

New to DVD: 'Drive,' 'The Thing,' 'The Big Year'

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Ryan Gosling stars as a loner and L.A.


Award-winning 'Dragonslayer' looks at the life of a burned-out skater punk

Award-winning 'Dragonslayer' looks at the life of a burned-out skater punk

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Forget swimming pools with clean, chlorinated water and lounge chairs perfectly positioned to catch the California sun. Josh "Skreech"


GameDaze: 'Final Fantasy XIII-2' and 'NFL Blitz'

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Reviews are out of four stars. 'Final Fantasy XIII-2' A rich library of characters and storylines allows the "Final Fantasy"


'One for the Money' makes you want to run for a refund

'One for the Money' makes you want to run for a refund

2012-01-30 00:00:00

On today's edition of "Smart Women, Stupid Choices": Katherine Heigl! She left a halfway decent medical soap opera for a string of increasin


'A Dangerous Method' analyzes the twisted psychoanalytic trio of Freud, Jung and Spielrein

'A Dangerous Method' analyzes the twisted psychoanalytic trio of Freud, Jung and Spielrein

2012-01-27 00:00:00

John Huston's "Freud," with Montgomery Clift in the title role, was underrated by the critics and under-respected by the college freshmen wi


Glenn Close superb in gender-bending 'Nobbs'

Glenn Close superb in gender-bending 'Nobbs'

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Glenn or Glenda? The answer in 19th-century Ireland echoes that of 21st-century America: It's about jobs, stupid! Albert Nobbs has a painful


As plot drops off, 'Man on Ledge' loses its edge

As plot drops off, 'Man on Ledge' loses its edge

2012-01-27 00:00:00

"Man on a Ledge" would have been much more impressive before Dec. 16. That was when "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" arrived in theat


Not much color in 'The Grey'

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Nobody can do mock Shakespeare with as much gravitas and gloomy portent as Liam Neeson.


'Roadie' -- Fictional story follows ups and downs with former Blue Oyster Cult staffer

'Roadie' -- Fictional story follows ups and downs with former Blue Oyster Cult staffer

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Jimmy Testagross will do just about anything to get back out there. Beg. Bargain. Wheedle. Threaten. "I gotta be on the road. It just doesn'


New to DVD: 'Real Steel' '50/50' and 'Paranormal Activity 3'

New to DVD: 'Real Steel' '50/50' and 'Paranormal Activity 3'

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Robots long have been movie mainstays, whether they're mismatched as in "Star Wars," gentle visitors from outer space discovering their huma


GameDaze: 'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' and 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 -- Defiance'

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Reviews are out of four stars. 'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' 1/2 Each time I alert my wife that I'm reviewing a "Zelda" game, her fir


'Awakening' shows more fashion than fright

'Awakening' shows more fashion than fright

2012-01-21 00:00:00

Pitiless, puerile, pointless and perfunctory -- and those are just the "P's" -- "Underworld: Awakening" was brought into this world to revam


Thin script KOs 'Haywire'

Thin script KOs 'Haywire'

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Playing girly-girls is so last century. Today, it's all about tough chicks such as Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara, Michelle Rodriguez, Saoirse


9/11 aftermath drama 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' tugs at heartstrings

9/11 aftermath drama 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' tugs at heartstrings

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Unless you are impervious to emotion, you may want to bring a tissue, handkerchief or some napkins from the concession stand to "Extremely L


'Red Tails' draws flak for dialogue, plot

'Red Tails' draws flak for dialogue, plot

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Despite stunning aerial scenes and good intentions, the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" is grounded by clumsy dialogue, a meandering plot


'Fullmetal Alchemist' best for manga fans

'Fullmetal Alchemist' best for manga fans

2012-01-20 00:00:00

One of the reasons why, with only a few exceptions ("Akira," or the work of Hayao Miyazaki), feature-length anime rarely makes it to U.S. th


'Tomboy': coming-of-age story in 'Mockingbird' tradition

'Tomboy': coming-of-age story in 'Mockingbird' tradition

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Now that the Thanksgiving and Christmas-Hanukkah seasons are behind us, the cross-dressing season is upon us and our movie screens. The big-


Immigrant fairy tale 'Le Havre' shows heart

Immigrant fairy tale 'Le Havre' shows heart

2012-01-19 00:00:00

As a peripatetic shoeshine man, Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms) is an unlikely benefactor. He and his wife (Kati Outinen) live almost hand to mout


New to DVD: 'The Ides of March,' 'Abduction' and 'Mad: Season 1 Part 2'

New to DVD: 'The Ides of March,' 'Abduction' and 'Mad: Season 1 Part 2'

2012-01-19 00:00:00

'The Ides of March' George Clooney directs "The Ides of March" and stars as the Pennsylvania governor who may be the next occupant of the Wh


GameDaze: 'Trine 2' 'The Oregon Trail' and 'NCIS'

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Beautiful visuals that harken to a Tim Burton film create the setting for a continuation of this colorful and interesting puzzle series (Xbo


Silent film 'The Artist' an exquisite love letter to cinema

Silent film 'The Artist' an exquisite love letter to cinema

2012-01-13 00:00:00

Talk about a long Hollywoodland hello. It's been eight months since "The Artist" had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and Fren


'Joyful Noise' hits some hollow notes

'Joyful Noise' hits some hollow notes

2012-01-13 00:00:00

"Joyful Noise" is a bit like co-star Dolly Parton. It's got so much going on -- and exaggerated -- that you're not sure where to look. Take


'Beauty and the Beast' gets a 3-D lift

'Beauty and the Beast' gets a 3-D lift

2012-01-13 00:00:00

That "tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme" returns to the screen, now in 3-D. But "Beauty and the Beast," the greatest animated film e


Cast of 'Contraband' delivers top-notch thrills

Cast of 'Contraband' delivers top-notch thrills

2012-01-13 00:00:00

"Collateral." "Conviction." "Contagion." "Contraband." After a while, the movies all start to sound alike, but "Contraband" is the new, bett


Meryl Streep proves Thatcher mantra that 'One's life must matter' in 'Iron Lady'

Meryl Streep proves Thatcher mantra that 'One's life must matter' in 'Iron Lady'

2012-01-13 00:00:00

At times, "The Iron Lady" seems like "The Madness of Maggie Thatcher." That is especially true when the retired prime minister, now in her m


'The Mill and the Cross' explores Bruegel's Passion of Christ

'The Mill and the Cross' explores Bruegel's Passion of Christ

2012-01-13 00:00:00

Virtuoso Polish director Lech Majewski's "The Mill and the Cross" is a moving picture in three senses: It gives motion to a 16th-century oil


Fine actors prop up theatrical 'Carnage'

Fine actors prop up theatrical 'Carnage'

2012-01-13 00:00:00

If you despise or have tired of movies with green screens, superheroes and special effects, Roman Polanski has a movie for you. Just 80 minu


DVD reviews: 'Moneyball' and 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season'

DVD reviews: 'Moneyball' and 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season'

2012-01-12 00:00:00

In selling a movie, it's typical to hear the talking point that a sports movie is about more than just football or golf or hockey or basebal


New DVD releases this week

2012-01-12 00:00:00

"What's Your Number?": Anna Faris plays a woman who embarks on a quest to find the best "ex" of her life after reading that people who have


'We Were Here' documents beginning of the AIDS crisis

2012-01-09 00:00:00

There are moments in "We Were Here," a documentary about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, that are almost unbearable. These are followed by


Even holy water can't save sinfully awful 'The Devil Inside'

Even holy water can't save sinfully awful 'The Devil Inside'

2012-01-07 00:00:00

The things young Isabella Rossi sees on her fateful trip to Rome! She sees bodies contort into pretzels and climb walls and fling themselves


Thriller revisits le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' showcasing an intense performance by Gary Oldman

Thriller revisits le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' showcasing an intense performance by Gary Oldman

2012-01-06 00:00:00

The spy who comes in from Cold War retirement is tasked with serious rodent business -- to ferret out a mole -- in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp


New to DVD: 'Contagion' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' and 'The Guard'

New to DVD: 'Contagion' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' and 'The Guard'

2012-01-05 00:00:00

'Contagion' "Contagion" turns the unknown and the simplest acts -- a cough, a sneeze, a handshake -- into weapons of mass destruction. Matt


'Being Elmo' explores puppeteer's soul

'Being Elmo' explores puppeteer's soul

2011-12-30 00:00:00

Kevin Clash knew at age 9 he wanted to be a "Sesame Street" Muppeteer. Around that time he also noticed a fuzzy coat in his father's closet


New to DVD: 'The Borgias: The First Season,' 'Shameless' and 'Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepe Le Pew'

New to DVD: 'The Borgias: The First Season,' 'Shameless' and 'Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepe Le Pew'

2011-12-29 00:00:00

Showtime's big-budget series digs into the sex and scandal that surrounded Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the scheming, sex-crazed patriarch


'Take Shelter' probes dark dreams of high anxiety

'Take Shelter' probes dark dreams of high anxiety

2011-12-29 00:00:00

No one does anxiety and intensity better than Michael Shannon, and by the time "Take Shelter" is over, you may wish pharmacies sold anti-anx


'Darkest Hour' delivers sci-fi lite

'Darkest Hour' delivers sci-fi lite

2011-12-27 00:00:00

Based on the admittedly flimsy evidence of films such as "The Darkest Hour," the best defense against invading aliens is to be as attractive


Tom Cruise achieves box office 'Mission'

Tom Cruise achieves box office 'Mission'

2011-12-27 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood has picked up a little Christmas bonus. Studios generally underestimated the size of their movie audiences over the


'El Bulli: Cooking in Progress' leaves you hungry for more

'El Bulli: Cooking in Progress' leaves you hungry for more

2011-12-26 00:00:00

The restaurant El Bulli just outside Roses, Spain, the subject of this Gereon Wetzel documentary, is already cloaked in a kind of nostalgia.


'We Bought a Zoo' charms but doesn't wow

'We Bought a Zoo' charms but doesn't wow

2011-12-23 00:00:00

"We Bought a Zoo" is not "Doctor Dolittle." Nor, I'm happy to report, is it some sanitized version of the recent Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy t


'War Horse' takes an inspiring journey into a bygone era

'War Horse' takes an inspiring journey into a bygone era

2011-12-23 00:00:00

"War Horse," opening on Christmas Day, seems like the sort of stirring epic that would have enthralled a young Steven Spielberg and inspired


Best Web Video: Danny MacAskill

Best Web Video: Danny MacAskill

2011-12-22 00:00:00

Holiday downtime is a good chance to catch up on the crop of entertaining viral Web videos that 2011 gave us. Here's a list of some of the h


This 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' doesn't disappoint

This 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' doesn't disappoint

2011-12-20 00:00:00

"She's different," Lisbeth Salander's boss at Milton Security cautions. "In what way?" the client asks. "In every way." The researcher is pu


Super sleuth or superhero? Robert Downey Jr.'s manic manifestation of Holmes continues in 'Game of Shadows'

Super sleuth or superhero? Robert Downey Jr.'s manic manifestation of Holmes continues in 'Game of Shadows'

2011-12-16 00:00:00

The anarchists are coming, the anarchists are coming! All across 1890s Europe, bombings and assassinations are stirring up a new industrial-


Message helps keep 3rd 'Chipmunks' afloat

Message helps keep 3rd 'Chipmunks' afloat

2011-12-16 00:00:00

A Sarah Palin joke? A Charlie Sheen wisecrack? Is this a Chipmunks movie or a Letterman monologue?


Latest 'Mission: Impossible' is more glitzy action and stunts than substance

Latest 'Mission: Impossible' is more glitzy action and stunts than substance

2011-12-16 00:00:00

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is bigger, louder, faster and (thanks to Simon Pegg) funnier than its three predecessors. It caters


Charlize Theron plays mean girl in dark comedy 'Young Adult'

Charlize Theron plays mean girl in dark comedy 'Young Adult'

2011-12-16 00:00:00

The nerve! Mavis' cousin had the audacity to get into a car wreck that would leave him in a wheelchair the very same weekend as her sweet 16


'Everyday Sunshine' documents Fishbone's rough ride

'Everyday Sunshine' documents Fishbone's rough ride

2011-12-13 00:00:00

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone," written and directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, is an insightful documentary that explai


'The Women on the 6th Floor' could use a little more pepper

'The Women on the 6th Floor' could use a little more pepper

2011-12-09 00:00:00

It's en haut/en bas -- Upstairs/Downstairs time -- in Paris of the early 1960s, but the rich people live down and the servants live up in a


A frothy 'New Year's Eve' bubbles up like champagne but then goes flat

A frothy 'New Year's Eve' bubbles up like champagne but then goes flat

2011-12-09 00:00:00

New Year's Eve" is about as deep as an ankle-high dusting of confetti in Times Square. Despite the presence of Oscar and Emmy winners and no


'The Sitter' a terrible comedy that plumbs depths of ignorance

'The Sitter' a terrible comedy that plumbs depths of ignorance

2011-12-09 00:00:00

Editor's note: "The Sitter" was not previewed for Pittsburgh critics. One more reason to hate the '80s: All the terrible comedies being made


New to DVD: 'The Hangover Part II,' 'The Help' and 'Cowboys and Aliens'

New to DVD: 'The Hangover Part II,' 'The Help' and 'Cowboys and Aliens'

2011-12-08 00:00:00

'The Hangover Part II' In some ways, what goes down in Bangkok tops what happened in Vegas. The "wolf pack" -- married teacher Phil (Bradley


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