Screeners

ALIENS, ANIMATION, ANGST AND ANARCHY

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm | No comments

NEW ARRIVALS FOR THE BIG & LITTLE SCREEN By Robin E. Simmons Check out these diverse titles to engage, divert or delight on a hot summer’s night. MEN IN BLACK III Barry Sonnenfeld’s third film as an MIB director looks great and starts with all kinds of promise....

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A DUD, 2 GEMS AND RETRO LAUGHS FROM L&H

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | 1,595 comments

CGI ACTION CAN’T MATCH STAN & OLLIE’S ANTICS Gigantic effects can’t trump simple stories that are well-crafted or even retro comedy that’s pure, anarchic and weirdly healing of all the ills that vex the soul. BATTLESHIP Big, loud, repetitive, derivative and...

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DANCING IN THE DARK

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | 1,770 comments

DANCING IN THE DARK DANGEROUS DUDES DOING DIRTY DEEDS By Robin E. Simmons We are more interested and invested in people that dwell in the shadows than in the light. It’s the struggle that makes them human and relatable. Movies especially love damaged characters that...

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CLASSIC NOIR WITH EDDIE G

By | May 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm | No comments

NEW BLU SHOWCASES EDWARD G. ROBINSON’S FORGOTTEN GEMS By Robin E. Simmons When movie buffs hear the name Edward G. Robinson (1893 – 1973), they’re likely to think of three great films. Robinson’s trademark tough guy was solidified in Warner Bros. pre-code...

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MORE COOL FLICKS FOR HOT SUMMER FUN

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | 2,501 comments

By Robin E. Simmons There’s a long list of movies vying for your attention (and wallet) over the next few months. Here are three to look for that are guaranteed fun and satisfying. How rare is that? THE AVENGERS Opening as a certified hit, THE AVENGERS somehow...

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COMING SOON!

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm | 2,204 comments

POP CORN MOVIES LOOM LARGE FOR TEEN BOYS   By Robin E. Simmons   A key demographic for studios in the summer competition for eyeballs are teen boys.  I met with five seniors at Desert Hot Springs High School – Elijah, Ryan, Dillon and Freddy – and asked...

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SILLY & SPOOKY

By | April 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm | 1,152 comments

TWO NEW FILMS FULFILL THEIR POSTER PROMISE   By Robin E. Simmons     Don’t you hate it when the promise of the poster is not delivered in the theater? And what about a hot trailer that has scenes not in the movie?  But sometimes we’re lucky and...

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Screen it

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:24 am | 410 comments

  ANIMAL LOVE STEPPING OUTSIDE OUR SPECIES     By Robin E. Simmons   Savoring the rich and varied life on our awesome planet never gets old.  Movies that delve into the natural world seem almost supernatural at times.  Here are some recent...

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CHOICE PICKS OF LOVE & HATE

By | April 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | No comments

CHOICE PICKS OF LOVE & HATE By Robin E. Simmons   BULLY Director Lee Hirsch’s visceral, emotional, exploitive and voyeuristic documentary works on many levels.  It is explosively dramatic and it may also be meaningful if it lets us empathize with the victims of...

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