Smash His Camera

BBBB (out of 5) The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too small from which to get the shot of any celebrity he was in pursuit of. His life and career are covered by a bemused by Leon Gast…

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Mean Girls

BBB.5 (out of 5) A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay Lohan) who has spent her life home-schooled in Africa is brought back to the States and put into a public school for the first time. She immediately befriends both misfits and in-crowders, plus falls for the cutest boy in school (Jonathan Bennett) who sits right…

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Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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The Canyons

B (out of 5) A complete waste of time, both for Lindsay Lohan in attempting to inject some new energy into her career, and for the audience having to endure it.  Lohan and adult film star James Deen play a corrupt Hollywood couple who spend their days toying with film production thanks to his financial ease, and…

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Bobby

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy. Throughout the day, this highly engrossing ensemble piece follows the lives of various characters, including two retired employees (Anthony Hopkins, Harry Belafonte),…

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A Prairie Home Companion

BBB (out of 5) Garrison Keillor‘s popular radio variety show has been transferred to the screen in this fictionalized account of the program’s final broadcast. Keillor appears as himself, hosting the fun while musical performers played by the likes of Meryl Streep and Woody Harrelson work out their personal lives between lovely performances of some…

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Love, Marilyn

BBBBB (out of 5) She became a superstar in 1952 and a decade later was no more. The short life of Marilyn Monroe has had one of the greatest impacts on popular culture of any superstar in Hollywood, fifty years deceased and still a far more famous cinematic icon than some of the biggest stars to…

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Scary MoVie (Scary Movie 5) (2013)

MALCOLM D. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2013.  Dimension Films, DZE, Brad Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by David Zucker, Pat Proft.  Cinematography by Steven Douglas Smith.  Produced by Phil Dornfeld, David Zucker.  Music by James L. Venable.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Keith G. Lewis.  Film Editing by Sam Seig.   At this point it seems ridiculous to complain about the…

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