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    ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ a deliciously self-aware sequel musing on the challenges of stardom

    Ocean’s Twelve has a reputation that will always precede it; some have called it an anti-sequel, and publications like Entertainment Weekly have dubbed it one of the worst sequels of all time. Though both reactions are, perhaps, understandable, neither is remotely accurate. Ocean’s Twelve is an inherently self-aware sequel, possibly the most self-aware follow-up in modern history. What Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter George Nolfi (whose original script, Honor Among Thieves, was completely unrelated to Ocean’s Eleven and was sold initially before that remake had been released), and the slightly larger-than-before ensemble cast did was make a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film that was wholly cognizant of the fact that it was a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film. Ocean’s Twelve toys with audience expectations, because to cave into them would’ve promised something potentially more disturbing and commonplace than what many perceived to be an ambitious creative flop: something boring. More

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    ‘Pandorum’ an imaginative cult classic in the making

    Three significant events have occurred in 2013 that lend credence to the claim sci-fi is on its death bed as far as mainstream moviemaking goes. Star Trek Into Darkness continued to drive its franchise further and further away from its ideological roots in pursuit of money spinning breakneck action with a loose plot better suited to the Mission: Impossible series; the announcement that Star Wars will be revamped under the tutelage of the very same J.J. Abrams shows that rather than create new iconic franchises the executives would rather bleed dry the old ones; and Avatar will be graced by three sequels, suggesting a lack of faith in fresh ideas on the part of James ‘Mr. Innovation’ Cameron. More

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    Tribeca 2013: Egos Expand and Morals Die in Bahrani’s ‘At Any Price’

    At Any Price USA, 2012 Directed by Ramin Bahrani Written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton, Ramin Bahrani Established indie director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo) sharply evokes layered complexity among character performances and ideologies in his new farming family drama, At Any Price. Co-written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton, the film tells […] More

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    2012 Fall Pilot Review Roundup, Part 2

    Premiere week has come and gone, so it’s time for another pilot roundup. So far, only a few shows have received full season pickups, NBC’s Go On, The New Normal, and Revolution. The closest thing to a new hit is Revolution, or perhaps Vegas, but unlike in previous years, we’ve yet to see a single […] More

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    Extended Thoughts on ‘The Parent Trap’

    The Parent Trap Directed by Nancy Meyers Written by David Swift, Nancy Meyers, and Charles Shyer Starring Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson Who is The Parent Trap for, really? The more I think about the plot structure of the 1961 and 1998 films from Walt Disney Pictures, it all starts to unravel. Not so […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 60: ‘The Parent Trap’

    Has it only been 14 years since Lindsay Lohan was a respectable child actor? Yes, friends, this week on Mousterpiece Cinema, Josh and Gabe move past the 1961 version of The Parent Trap all the way to its 1998 remake, directed by Nancy Meyers and featuring the first major role from Ms. Lohan. In this […] More

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    TIFF 2012: Justin’s Most Anticipated Films

    I’m a proud Torontonian. The Toronto International Film Festival is a great example of why. With great movies coming from all corners of the globe, the festival matches the diversity and quality of its host city, and is a marquee event on anybody’s social calendar. In its 37th incarnation, TIFF 2012 promises to be yet […] More