Burlesque

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(By Brian Orndorf)

Christina Aguilera makes her big screen starring debut with the musical “Burlesque,” following the career trajectories of such aspiring pop princess thespians as Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. The good news is that while stiff, the former “Dirrty” girl has the makings to become an energetic screen presence in future films.

The bad news is that while shellacked with shiny things, “Burlesque” is even ...


Secretariat

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Secretariat

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(By Brian Orndorf)

“Secretariat” has a challenging journey ahead of it, released relatively soon after the 2003 legendary racehorse picture, “Seabiscuit.” Without much in the way of controversial elements or a suspenseful conclusion, “Secretariat” feels like a nonstarter, though it’s handsomely mounted by director Randall Wallace.

It’s simply a slice of cinematic apple pie for autumn, handed a firm inspirati ...


Life As We Know It

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Life As We Know It

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(By Brian Orndorf)

There’s something about Katherine Heigl’s big screen output lately that’s become absolutely intolerable. Once thought to be a bright, sharp young actress, Heigl has settled into making dreadfully grating romantic comedies, pitching her charisma to a female audience seemingly ravenous for tales of flustered love with loathsome/lovable Peter Pan men.

“Life as We Know It” moves Heigl into itchy dramedy territo ...


Let Me In

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Let Me In

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(By Brian Orndorf)

"Let Me In" surprises in that despite being an unnecessary remake of Tomas Alfredson's 2008 acclaimed Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In", it avoids most of the traps that so many Hollywood films fall into when adapting foreign language films for less refined audiences (ie. those who refuse to watch any subtitled films) within the Western market.

Its slavish adherence to Alfredson's work and ineffectual attempts at exploring ne ...


The Social Network

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The Social Network

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(By Brian Orndorf)

As the co-founder of Facebook, the popular social networking site, Mark Zuckerberg is a rather enigmatic figure, rarely caught out in public these days, despite being the youngest billionaire in the world.

“The Social Network” looks to map out Zuckerberg’s rise from zombified programmer to online dynamo, yet lacks the participation of the man behind the keyboard, preferring to pilfer the pages of the 2009 book, “ ...