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04.19.2014 | 101 days ago | Posted at 08:56 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Ben Stiller must be a fan of Danny Kaye; perhaps that explains his 2013 remake of Kaye’s 1947 comedy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Older Baby Boomers (and their parents) will remember when “Walter Mitty” was a familiar pop culture adjective—the timid man whose life is vivid only in fantasy. Younger moviegoers will be forgiven for mistaking Walter for a chara...
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
 47 Ronin retells a legend based on real events from early-18th-century Japan; after a benevolent lord is killed by an evil lord who uses witchcraft, 47 of the former’s samurai guards vow to avenge his death. The lord’s beautiful daughter Mika (Kô Shibasaki) is one of the prizes sought by the
08.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
After a month long reign at the top of the box office charts, The Dark Knight was finally eased off its throne by a new contender. Tropic Thunder took in $26 million this weekend, a paltry sum compared to DarkKnight�s near $472 million purse since its release on July 18. It�s unlikely that the R-rated Ben Stiller comedy will stay on top for long. The Dark Knight struck a chord with many moviegoe...
06.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Are we formed by genetics or environment��that whole nature versus nurture thing��as the Alan Alda character in Flirting With Disaster might put it? The Miramax comedy, directed by David O. Russell (ThreeKings), was one of my Top 10 movies the year it was released, 1996. Watching it again on DVD for the first time since then, it has lost none of its eccentric spark. The disaster at the he...

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