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Arts and Entertainment

  • 'P.S. I Love You' a too cutesy love story

    This movie starring Gerard Butler (“The 300”) and Hilary Swank tells a very romantic story, but with so many sweet, homey touches that you might gag before the end. I’m as much a romantic as the next person, and I don’t mind a good chick flick, but this one just might put a diabetic in danger of sugar shock. Also, there is not an element of surprise and absolutely no tension. It is however a lovely story that lets you see how love can find its way in the saddest of conditions.

  • "Charlie Wilson's War" - Even the worst Congressman gets things done

    Meet Charlie Wilson. In the 1980s he had been re-elected by his constituency in rural Texas. He is the stereotypical ole boy politician. He drinks too much; he takes too many kickbacks, and in general, he barely has enough on which to live. Not a pretty picture. Then how does this nobody politician get the Russians kicked out of Afghanistan and helps topple the Berlin wall?

  • Movie Memos - January 2

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • Movie Memos - December 26

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • Movie Memos - December 19

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'I Am Legend' - The end of civilization as we know it?

    As the old expression goes, “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.” It is the year 2009, a virologist announces a new medicine to cure cancer.

    By harnessing nature, they have created a treatment which neutralizes the cancer cells. Then comes the cataclysmic misfire: The treatment ultimately transforms the patients into rabid hairless creatures and allows the virus to be transmitted from person to person and animal to animal both airborne and through contact. A truly worldwide plague!

  • Movie Memos - December 12

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'The Golden Compass' - Magnificent, but mediocre flick

    There is only one Golden Compass left in one of earth’s parallel universes. So we’re told. Where did the compasses come from? And exactly why were the others taken away? “The Golden Compass” is taken from the first in a trilogy of novels by Phillip Pullman. This film is burdened with exposition necessary to set up the sequels which follow. Of course the financial success of this first one will determine if the next two films are even made. In addition, there is the controversy of Mr. Pullman’s attack on Christianity during the course of this epic struggle.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'Awake' - Your worst hospital nightmare!

    Occasionally there is a story in the news about a patient, after being anesthetized, going through surgery but still being aware of what is happening. At the same time feeling all the pain, and hearing the conversations being said. That is what happens to Clayton Beresford, financier extraordinaire in “Awake,” a tense drama with wicked twists, but not much else. The medical procedures are sloppy. How can we feel Clay’s horror when each scene gets more and more out-of-control?