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Weekend Movies: Margin Call

by Raj Ranade The big running joke in J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call (playing at the Kentucky Theatre), a fictional account of an Lehman-Brothers-esque investment bank on the eve of the 2008 market crash, is that most of the employees at […]

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Descendants; Take Shelter – George Clooney and Michael Shannon steal holiday indie show

In the Water Lexington-born boys George Clooney and Michael Shannon steal the holiday indie show by Raj Ranade The Oscar movie season is in a unique state of chaos this year,


Movies: The Rum Diary

by Raj Ranade The best works of writer Hunter S. Thompson adhere to a simple three-step pattern. Step 1: Thompson is assigned by an editor to report on some

Movie Briefs: Paranormal Activity 3

Horror movies tend to arrive in waves and phases according to what feeds the audience appetite for fear at the time -- exorcism, vampires, torture porn, zombies, Japanese

Movies: Moneyball

by Raj RanadeMoneyball has languished in movie development limbo for years and focuses on a story that's a decade old, but it's hard to imagine a movie that

Movies: Straw Dogs

In updating Sam Peckinpah's 1971 Straw Dogs, Rod Lurie tries to use a scalpel where his predecessor always went for the axe (to spectacular effect). Dustin Hoffman's nebbishy

Movie Briefs: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Movie Briefs: I Don't Know How She Does It The takeaway from the latest Sarah Jessica Parker movie, I Don't Know How She Does It, will inevitably be

Movie Briefs: Horrible Bosses

by Raj RanadeIt's baffling to me why so many comedians insist on making real movie-movies out of their movies. Consider Steve Coogan's latest movie The Trip, which effectively

Movies: Bridesmaids review

Bridesmaids opens with a (literal) bang -- a slapstick sex scene between (actress, co-producer, co-writer) Kristen Wiig's soon-to-be named maid-of-honor, Annie, and her "friends-with-benefits" Jon Hamm. (He addresses

Movies: Source Code

by Raj RanadeAny nerd worth his calculator watch can tell you that the term "source code" refers to the set of instructions that make up a computer program.

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