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Pity the fool who doesn't love the 'A-Team' remake, replete with explosions and dead extras


Music

Doug Bentin
You don't exactly have to hold a doctorate in advanced maturity to enjoy "The A-Team." There's a big difference in what entertains the kid and what entertains the kid still living in the adult, and th...
 
Thursday, June 17, 2010

A classic comic strip brought to life, 'Marmaduke' is one lame Great Dane that should be put down


Music

Doug Bentin
So I'm sitting there, no child to guide me, watching "Marmaduke" and thinking that the picture will satisfy its demographic " a group I won't define, because you know who you are and I don't want to u...
 
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Splice


Science Fiction

Doug Bentin
You may choose not to see "Splice," but don't make that decision based on the belief that it's just another horror movie with more ick than ideas. This picture is packed with thematic material and thought-provoking visuals, from the opening credits to the last shot.
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nothing can keep 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' from repetitive action and self-seriousness


Music

Doug Bentin
Let's get the least significant thing about "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" out of the way first: Is it OK to cast Brit and American actors in the roles of Persians? Yes. It's called "acting." B...
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010

A housebroken monster wrestles with complacency in 'Shrek Forever After,' a tale for kids and adults


Music

Doug Bentin
I could write three reviews of "Shrek Forever After": one about the animated movie for kids, one about the subtext, and one about the even deeper, more subversive sub-subtext, but the Gazette would ne...
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' steals from rich film history and pays with violent entertainment


Music

Doug Bentin
Movie buffs can have a lot of fun playing the "what if" and "what the hell" games with this new version of Robin Hood's adventures, of which there have been countless variations in film or on TV since...
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010

The riveting documentary 'Oceans' features awe-inspiring cinematography


News

Doug Bentin
Whether or not the documentary "Oceans" beats us over the head with a conservationist message is subjective. If you think that all is well with life on Planet Earth, you'll probably think the film is ...
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Runaways


Drama

Doug Bentin
"The Runaways" is an entertaining rock 'n' roll biopic, but I wouldn't bet on its factual accuracy. The script, written by first-time feature director Floria Sigismondi, is based on Cherie Currie's autobiography, "Neon Angel," and doesn't suggest that the band ever contained anyone but the five founders, and completely collapsed before it actually did.
 
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shutter Island

 
Thursday, February 25, 2010

Invictus

 
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Zombieland

 
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Surrogates

 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Museum screens 'The Windmill Movie' documentary


Music

Doug Bentin
Alexander Olch's documentary "The Windmill Movie" is a difficult film to like, and an impossible film to love. Like its subject, documentarian Richard P. Rogers, it dissembles and remains at...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Designer makes for a colorful subject in 'Valentino: The Last Emperor'


Music

Doug Bentin
Welcome to the world of haute couture, where grown men argue passionately about whether an overpriced dress looks more beautiful with 20 strips of sequin-laden material or with 18. Valentino Cle...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
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