Harry and the Hair

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Harry Potter’s latest adventure has topped the box office for at least one more week. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 narrowly bested Disney’s new computer-animated charmer, Tangled, at theaters this weekend, earning $50.3 million to Tangled’s $49.1 million. But it’s not as if Disney’s fretting over the film’s split ends. Tangled, over […]

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Giving Thanks and Finding Deals

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—a time filled with family, food and (of course) football. It’s a time of reflection and, well, thanksgiving, as we think of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. But as we all gobble up our mashed potatoes and fall asleep from all that tryptophan, I’d encourage […]

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Subtle Twist in Tangled

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I can’t believe I missed it. After nearly 20 years of analyzing films for Plugged In, you’d think I would have been more perceptive. But it just goes to show how subtle some errant spirituality can be, especially in a film as fun, charming and disarming as Tangled. Disney’s new princess story focuses on Rapunzel, […]

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Content, Context and Ratings

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Last week brought word that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s independent studio, The Weinstein Company, is suing the Motion Picture Association of America for its ratings of two of the studio’s upcoming films. The King’s Speech, a docudrama about how Britain’s King George VI overcame a speech impediment, earned an R-rating for its (presumably) multiple uses […]

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Murder, We Like

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We Americans love our hot dogs. We love our apple pie. We love our baseball. And we especially love our murder mysteries. I was thinking a bit about this cultural trait while reviewing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Without much critical love, CSI has become perhaps the most popular show of the decade and helped turn […]

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Bang Your … Skate?

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Once upon a time, the path to becoming a rock god was simple and clear: Grow your hair out. Raise your fist at everything polite society values. Maybe bite the head off a bird. Testify in Congress regarding your right to spew vile lyrics. Or just spew blood and fire from your mouth. A gaggle […]

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Movie Monday: Unstoppable Megamind

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You can’t keep a good supervillain down. DreamWorks’ animated Megamind stopped a runaway train in its tracks to claim the box office crown for the second week in a row, sequestering more than $30 million en route, according to boxofficemojo.com. Unstoppable, Denzel Washington’s newest cinematic vehicle, still cleared the weekend with a good head of […]

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Movies Through a Child’s Eye

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Every Monday, we typically talk on the blog about the biggest movies of the weekend: What everyone saw, what everyone didn’t see and what, if anything, it might mean. The posts themselves are not too provocative, typically … but the last couple instigated some pretty interesting, intelligent conversation—conversation so compelling that I wanted to weigh […]

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Will That be a Latte or 10W-40?

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I’ve always thought the prospect of someday sitting down to converse with a robot would be so cool. And obviously I’m not the only one. There are more stories and movies about self-aware androids out there than you can shake a reverse-engineered Cyberdyne Systems endoskelton at. (That one’s a real knee-slapper with the Terminator geeks.) […]

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The Need (?) For Speed – #1

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Last week I purchased a MacBook that’s roughly 20 trillion times faster than my ancient iBook, whose microchips finally (subtle shout-out to Apple’s toughness) gave up the ghost after six years of daily use and lots of international travel. Yes, I resisted the urge to upgrade, in part because all of my frugal, Depression-era, use-it-till-it’s-gone-or-dead […]

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