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  • Journey to the West 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Hong Kong’s Stephen Chow became known to American audiences back in 2004-2005 with his deliriously madcap one-two punch of “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle,” the latter of which grossed over $17 million, no small feat for a subtitled film in today’s landscape. His follow up in 2008, “CJ7,” didn’t leave much of a mark, and in the “what have you done for me lately” business of film, this did not bode well for promotional efforts of later films.

    That…

  • Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery 2014

    ★★★ Added 1

    It’s been almost three decades since the then WWF’s “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” turned the figurative cartoon character WWE Superstars into literal cartoon superstars. Now with the Attitude Era firmly in the rearview mirror and the PG era in full swing, the time felt right to revisit the WWE Superstars as cartoon characters motif.

    In “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery,” the WWE Universe links up with the popular and long-running Mystery Inc.team, made up of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo. Several WWE…

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  • The Pianist 2002

    ★★★★★ Added

    As a child, Roman Polanski roamed the streets of Poland during the Holocaust. He survived when his father pushed him through a barbed wire fence. His mother died, and he has said the only thing that will bring closure to that pain is his own death. It is for these reasons that The Pianist is one of the most personal films ever made. It is another in a long line of Holocaust films, but it finds a new way to…

  • Solaris 2002

    ★★★½ Added

    Early on in the latest film from the very talented Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Out of Sight) we see several shots that must be paying homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This should help prepare serious filmgoers as to what kind of movie Solaris is going to be, but even knowing that is not really adequate preparation. It is truly more of an avant-garde film rather than classical cinema, and it delves into issues and emotions not commonly seen…