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  • Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view

     Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view
    Kevin Pollak's broad survey of stand-up, "Misery Loves Comedy," opens with the provocative question often raised after Robin Williams' suicide last year: What is it about comedy that attracts so many deeply unhappy people? Maybe Pollak thought that...
  • 'Any Day' hits viewers over the head with its cliches

    'Any Day' hits viewers over the head with its cliches
    A decent cast faces an uphill battle of Sisyphean proportions in "Any Day," a cliché-ridden, heavy-handed redemptive drama written and directed by Rustam Branaman. British actor Sean Bean, sporting a quiet rumble of a working-class American voice, plays...
  • 'Far from the Madding Crowd' a bare-bones stab at love, desire

    Why is the allure of the bad boy so powerful that even some of the most secure of females can't seem to resist? Apparently, it has ever been, as we see in the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's prescient novel "Far from the Madding Crowd." Set in...
  • 'Cas & Dylan' is terminal despite great practitioners of acting

     'Cas & Dylan' is terminal despite great practitioners of acting
    There's a full tank of clichés for the mismatched-strangers road movie "Cas & Dylan," the feature directing debut of Jason Priestley, and the sputtering is cacophonous even with two gifted actors leading the way. Richard Dreyfuss plays Cas, a lonely...
  • 'Chic!' takes on Paris' fashion world with heart, humor and style

    Like a haute couture garment, "Chic!" is a finely crafted piece of work, a comedic romantic drama set within a frothy and sublimely funny caricature of the Parisian fashion world. Written and directed by Jérôme Cornuau, the film stars the lovely,...
  • 'Eastern Boys' an unruly yet pointed hustle

    'Eastern Boys' an unruly yet pointed hustle
    Bold and unsettling, "Eastern Boys" is a long, strange trip of a film that touches on myriad social, economic and sexual themes. Writer-director-editor Robin Campillo has crafted an unruly yet pointed drama that should intrigue patient viewers. The...
  • In penetrating 'Far From Men,' Camus meets the western

    In penetrating 'Far From Men,' Camus meets the western
    The prospect of Viggo Mortensen speaking fluent French (and some Arabic) in a foreign-language film based on a short story by Albert Camus reset as a classic western might not sound like a can't-miss proposition. But "Far From Men," which takes place...
  • 'Maya the Bee Movie': Little buzz for kids or grown-ups

    'Maya the Bee Movie': Little buzz for kids or grown-ups
    "Maya the Bee Movie," an Australian-German animated children's film directed by Alexs Stadermann, is talky, relentlessly affirming and as predictable as a paint-by-number. In Waldemar Bonsels' 1922 children's book "The Adventures of Maya the Bee," the...
  • 'Gardeners of Eden' shines light on elephant poaching

    'Gardeners of Eden' shines light on elephant poaching
    The poaching of wild African elephants for their valuable ivory tusks is memorably examined in "Gardeners of Eden," a compelling documentary that's short on running time but long on emotion. The film, directed and shot by Austin Peck and Anneliese...
  • Graphic 'Hyena' is an old-school gangster tale

    Graphic 'Hyena' is an old-school gangster tale
    "Hyena" feels like a throwback to the tough-as-nails British gangster flicks of the 1970s: The unrepentant crooked cop at the film's center seems redeemable only relative to the merciless criminals who cross him and the weaselly colleagues who frame him....
  • Auto Review: Chauffeuring the Shepherd in a Subaru Outback

    As they are very expensive items, automobiles are pretty heavily advertised in all forms of media. TV ads in particular are very important marketing tools, so the manufacturers typically hire the best ad agencies, because a good commercial can pay off...