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February 2013 Archives

Submarine movies are immediately gripping because they are powerful microcosms that amplify conflict.  A small group of people in very close quarters, highly trained and with an explicit mission are then completely disconnected from the rest of the world.  When […]

More action, more romance, more spectacle, a brave princess who wears armor and does not wait to be rescued, and lots more giants — this is a grand bedtime story 21st century-style.  As a boy, Jack (“Warm Bodies” Nicholas Hoult) […]

The writers of “The Hangover” have written and directed a new film so close to the original they could sue themselves for plagiarism. Once again, it is the story of a a wolf pack of bros looking for a good […]

Family-friendly comic Michael Jr. has a delightful new DVD called “Laughing on Purpose,” filled with gentle but insightful humor and I am lucky enough to have one to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Laughing” in the […]

What’s the difference between an executive producer and an associate producer?  Between screenwriters billed as “Smith and Jones” and “Smith & Jones?”  Which actors get an “and” or a “with” or an “as?”  What are all those “in association with” […]

John Ottman is not just editor of this week’s exciting fantasy, “Jack the Giant Slayer” — he also composed the score.  I had a lot of fun talking to this polymath about his work on the film. When you think […]

This is a coach — and a team — who understand the score.  Many thanks to my friend Ann Horak for sharing this touching story.

“The Last Exorcism, Part 2” looks pretty bad.  It’s a “cold open” (not shown to critics in time for reviews), which is always a bad sign.  But its recent amendment to add a reference to appear to tie the resignation […]

Eleanor Tomlinson plays Princess Isabelle in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”  But she is not your grandfather’s fairy tale princess.  This one goes undercover to explore the world of her subjects, rebels against her father’s plans to marry her off to […]

Claire LaZebnik’s latest YA novel, The Trouble with Flirting, published today, is the witty and insightful story of Franny Price, a talented teenager who gets a summer job working with her aunt, the costumer for a high school drama program […]

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