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  • Whatever Works

    Whatever Works

    ★★★★

    SURPRISING!

    I've haven't watched but seven episodes of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm". I don't have HBO. That limited exposure to Larry's "character" dramatically lowered my expectations for this movie. But within the first 3 minutes I was captivated. The personality and performance of the actors chewing on Woody's lines made the comedy come alive. It only got better from there.

    I've been reading the negative reviews about Woody's treatment of people beyond the Big Apple in general and from…

  • Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    ★★

    LOST OPPORTUNITY

    I'm a fan of Ryan Reynolds as a performer. And I hate reviews that attempt to re-write the plot. But this is one of those reviews.

    I was excited about what Ryan would do with this beloved character, Hal Jordan. Unfortunately, I feel Ryan was miscast for this part. His instincts for this character didn't ring true for me. In fact, I think most everyone for this movie was miscast except for Mark Strong (as Sinestro).

    However, the…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    THE DARKSIDE OF THE MOUSE.

    In a race to recover his billion-dollar investment, Bob Iger set a release date without having a story (Handy). The result is a fanfiction trilogy with gratuitous pandering to Star Wars fanboys (Rogers). Although Disney successfully merchandises nostalgia, The Force Awakens (TFA) violates the essential Star Wars continuity of design, story and logic. Essentially they put the cart before the horse.

    According to veteran screenwriter (Empire Strikes Back) Lawrence Kasdan, “We were struggling to come…