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Long-Range Planning in a Single Day

Groundhog Day, a seemingly light and whimsical 1993 comedy from director Harold Ramis, is 25 years old this year, and the film has had an interesting life. It debuted to generally positive but not reverential reviews, yet it has since been accepted as a beloved classic with unexpected depths. The general response was summed up […]

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Tinsel Town’s Twisted Tribute to Itself

That Hollywood loves La La Land, the front-runner for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Oscars, is no surprise. But 14 Oscar nominations? Really? More than Ben-Hur? Sure, Hollywood loves movies about itself. And they love it even better when that movie tells them a flattering story about themselves—in this case, that success in Hollywood is […]

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Skip “The Magnificent Seven” and Watch “The Magnificent Seven,” Instead

Today’s Hollywood remakes seem like increasingly desperate attempts to cash in on a familiar name, with no object beyond suckering the unwary into giving the latest dreck a good opening weekend. There was no reason to remake “Ben Hur,” for example, and no attempt (as far as I could tell) to update it or give […]

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Hollywood Baroque

So I sacrificed my two free passes at the fancy new movie theater in town, and an evening in which the kids were staying at grandma and grandpa’s—which is much more valuable—in order to take my wife out to see Batman v Superman. As we left the theater, she asked me whether it was possible […]

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The Multiverse at the Multiplex

The teaser trailer just came out for a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s not exactly a remake; maybe it’s a reboot, with the main difference being that this time the Ghostbusters are chicks (and the writing, judging from the trailer, is awful). But it’s much more than that. This film is planned, not just as an […]

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Can We Go Back to Where No Man Has Gone Before?

So the Internet has been set afire with the news that CBS is planning to produce a new Star Trek television series that will air in 2017. That’s it. That’s the announcement. There is maddeningly little information about the premise of the new series or its creative direction, except that it will be produced by […]

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The Varieties of Productive Experience

The latest Steve Jobs movie, imaginatively titled Steve Jobs, has flopped at the box office, and people are asking what went wrong. How could such an iconic subject—and in this case the word “iconic” is used correctly, which almost never happens—not draw the interest of audiences? I went and saw the film, and I don’t […]

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Why They Can’t Ruin Star Wars

So we just got our first look at the movie poster for the new Star Wars film, and hoo boy, it’s a hot mess. We can only hope that the plot of the film does not match this poster. I count 14 separate characters, and Luke Skywalker isn’t even one of them (unless he’s the […]

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Our Sick National Obsession with ‘Game of Thrones’

When I saw a recent article on how HBO spent $8 million to produce a single episode of the fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” I realized that we are now seeing the full impact of large-screen, high-definition television on the film industry. With the home viewing experience now able to compete with the silver screen, […]

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