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Chasing Mavericks review

This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare “family” movie that isn’t preachy or insipid.

House at the End of the Street (review)

Banal, lazy filmmaking that cannot even be bothered to be cheerfully cheap and cheesy. Jennifer Lawrence is trapped in something that is constitutionally unable to allow her to be the strong, competent young woman she arrived as.

retro trailer: ‘The Karate Kid’

Take a look back at an old trailer… Elisabeth Shue looks like an adult here, and Ralph Macchio looks like a kid, even though he was actually in his 20s and she was two years younger than him. That’s just weird. The Karate Kid is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from … more…

Hamlet 2 (review)

You could almost call it, *Where Do Dreams Go to Die?,* this satire that’s so insightful about art and hope and ambition and enthusiasm — and their flip sides of anger and frustration and embarrassment and derailment — that it’s actually painful at times.