Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Ben Samara

Obsession, depression, all for a ‘burning ring of fire’

In "Walk the Line," Joaquin Phoenix plays country music legend Johnny Cash, an infinitely talented man marred by his own obsessions. The film follows Cash from his humble beginnings on his family's farm in Arkansas to his celebrated concert inside the walls of Folsom Prison in California.

Mystery, death, a Broadway flop mark the holiday season

As winter break approaches, some of the best movies of 2005 are on their way as well. Here are a few of the films you might want to check out during the break. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - Dec. 9 In this adaptation of the classic CS Lewis novel, four children come across a mysterious wardrobe that leads to a magical land called Narnia.

Potter, puberty, PG-13 make fourth installment a hit

You would think that with four movies and three directors, the "Harry Potter" series would lose its way somewhere. Yet somehow, each installment has managed to stay consistent in terms of style, while bringing just the right tone to the screen. The fourth addition, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," is no different, despite the presence of yet another new director.

If you saw ‘Saw,’ see ‘Saw II’ too!

I'm not about to discuss the recent election. That's for the editorial page to do. Instead, I'm going to discuss how people of any party can create a collection out of political campaign memorabilia. First, a brief history. If you think modern-day politics are bad, with negative commercials and mudslinging all over the place, they are nothing compared to the campaigns of the 19th century, where blatantly offensive attacks on opponents were standard.

Mendes adds to streak with explosive war film

After a summer full of popcorn flicks - chock full of sound effects and massive explosions - and fall's slate of mediocre films, the time has finally come. As fall transitions into winter, studios will begin rolling out the big guns to compete for Oscar gold in March.

You want to like it, but you just can’t accept this mess

If you've read any of the pre-release buzz on "Elizabethtown," it's no secret that writer/director Cameron Crowe was having major editing problems with the film as late as last month. He screened it in mid-September at the Toronto Film Festival, but was eager to warn critics that the movie was far from finished.

Happy Halloween! Bring on the scare!

Halloween is quickly approaching and it's time to hit the video store for a few scares. With so many generic slasher flicks lining the shelves these days, it can be hard to pick through the garbage and find some quality movies to satisfy your need for thrills and chills.

Like gambling, this movie’s just not worth the time

Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors in film today. Let's start with that, because it's all downhill from here. Pacino should be commended for his efforts to rescue the doomed-from-the-start "Two For The Money," but even he can't save the movie from its horrendous screenplay and amateur direction.

Flawed film still has adequate elements of ‘Violence’

In "A History of Violence," Viggo Mortensen plays Tom Stall, an average guy in a small rural city. He and his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), share a healthy and loving marriage with two children (Ashton Holmes and Heidi Hayes). Tom owns a diner in the center of town, frequented by the locals.

Film ‘crashes’ into homes with great talent and DVD extras

The spring movie season is not often looked upon as a hotbed for Oscar contenders. That's why it was such a surprise when "Crash" came along last May, as writer/director Paul Haggis brought his first project to the screen since the success of his previous writing endeavor, the Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby.

Courtroom horror film serves up more scare, less justice

Although the trailers playing repeatedly on television these days paint "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" as a nonstop horror fest, moviegoers will find a completely different tone once the lights go down. Those going in with thoughts of 1974's "The Exorcist" may be caught off-guard.

Local clubs on guard after recent tragedies: Students have mixed reactions to new safety awareness

Local nightclubs and music venues are doing their part to secure the safety of their patrons following recent events in Rhode Island and Chicago. The question of precautionary measures has been posed at similar clubs accross the nation as well as locally.

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