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Movie Microscope: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The works of Roald Dahl have inspired several films, but the best known of his works is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been adapted to film on two separate occasions. The first adaptation, directed by Mel Stuart in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir

The story of how The Martian came to prominence is almost as interesting as the novel itself. Almost. It’d be tempting to call it a great American success story, except this would imply that author Andy Weir wasn’t successful until … Continue reading

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Frozen

I’m a fan of Disney, but I wouldn’t say that they knock it out of the park every single time. Brother Bear comes to mind as a fairly mediocre offering, and there are several others in the late 90s/early 2000s … Continue reading

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Gravity

2013 Best Picture Nominee Gravity was one of the front-runners at the Oscars for 2013’s films, and took home a number of awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. It also had a very successful run at the box office, … Continue reading

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Up

2009 Best Picture Nominee Just being a Pixar film would be enough to get Up onto my watch list, but the accolades it’s received certainly didn’t hurt. Directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, Up was the second animated feature … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips

2013 Best Picture Nominee As has been noted by a few other reviewers, there is a special difficulty in making a thriller based on historical events. One somehow has to manage to keep things exciting even though the audience already … Continue reading

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Favorite Films: Miracle on 34th Street

“I am not in the habit of substituting for spurious Santa Clauses.” It’s almost Christmas, and that means children — and some adults — are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. And while waiting, those people will generally have … Continue reading

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