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THE HUNGER GAMES: Playing for keeps

THE HUNGER GAMES: Playing for keeps

Huge out of the gate comes The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and co-written with Suzanne Collins, author of the original book trilogy. If you’re wondering whether this movie, which has its roots in a young-adult (YA) novel, could appeal to you, read these Reel Answers.   The Hunger Games Directed by […]

OSCARS 2012: Wondering whether to catch up on the nominees?

OSCARS 2012: Wondering whether to catch up on the nominees?

With the full Oscar nominee list just out, you may be glancing over it wondering whether some of the movies you missed are worth checking out on DVD or OnDemand via your cable channel. For instance, if you’re a guy, maybe you’re wondering whether The Help or Bridesmaids (which you ignored in the theaters) has […]

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Brawn vs. brains

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Brawn vs. brains

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is a franchise blockbuster that has made more than $170 million in four weeks; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy a British art house film that’s earned a mere $10 in six weeks. Yet they’re both about iconic secret agents caught up in perilous times. Read these Reel Answers to see if either […]

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: Chilly thrills

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: Chilly thrills

Despite “The Girl…” series of Swedish novels being international blockbusters, the Hollywood version of the first book isn’t yet selling out U.S. theaters. Are you one of the bystanders—curious about David Fincher’s take on the book, but a little leery of what you might have to sit through? Read these Reel Answers to see if […]

THE ARTIST: Wordless charm

THE ARTIST: Wordless charm

The Artist may not have hit our neighborhood screens yet, but when it does, it’s well worth a look. A movie that harks back to the Hollywood golden age of silent films by being a silent film itself, however, raises a lot of questions. Read these Reel Answers to see if this movie is for […]

THE DESCENDANTS and HUGO: Oscar bait?

THE DESCENDANTS and HUGO: Oscar bait?

Oscar season is in full bloom now, with plenty of contenders crowding the screens. Here are two causing a lot of chatter: One is for families, one is about families. Both are based on 2007 novels (where would the cinematic world be without the imagination of fiction writers?). Check out these Reel Answers to see […]

MARGIN CALL: High stakes thrills

MARGIN CALL: High stakes thrills

Those looking for an adult entertainment alternative to Puss in Boots or Paranormal Activity 3 (last weekend’s top two movies) would be well advised to search out Margin Call, the riveting business thriller from a first-time writer/director. And search you will: for some mysterious reason this smart thriller packed with acting talent is only showing […]

CONTAGION: Infectious chiller

CONTAGION: Infectious chiller

Hard to ignore the ads for the new star-packed action/medical suspenser Contagion from director Steven Soderbergh. People seem to have a lot of questions about this movie, though, so read on to see whether or not it’s for you. Contagion Directed by Steven Soderbergh Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard What is […]

THE HELP: Touching period drama

THE HELP: Touching period drama

The high-profile drama The Help offers something a little different for moviegoers this summer. Tears, yes, but also a different kind of cast and setting from all the high-concept adventures and contemporary rom-coms coming at us this summer. Check out these Reel Answers to see if this movie is for you. The Help Directed by […]

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: Wild thrills

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: Wild thrills

Wondering if the world needs yet another Planet of the Apes movie? Find out in Reel Answers why everyone’s talking about this impressive new entry in the series.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE: A bumpy ride

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE: A bumpy ride

Adults hungry for a date-night movie now have the new Crazy, Stupid, Love to consider, produced by and starring last year’s Date Night star Steve Carell. A cross between a comedy and a drama, with a big-name cast, read these Reel Answers to see if this movie is for you.     Crazy, Stupid, Love Directed by […]

BUCK and A BETTER LIFE: Small films, big hearts

BUCK and A BETTER LIFE: Small films, big hearts

Looking for alternatives to the misbehaving bosses, teachers, and robots Hollywood is dishing out these days? Here’s two new movies that fall into the “obscure but special” category, which those of us living in the greater NYC area are lucky to have access to (and if you can’t get to them, add them to your […]

SUPER 8: Throwback Thrills

SUPER 8: Throwback Thrills

Curious about the new sci-fi adventure from J.J. Abrams that everyone is comparing to Steven Spielberg’s late-’70s classics (yes, it’s even set in that era)? Read these Reel Answers to see if this new flick is for you. * Super 8 Directed by J.J. Abrams Starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and Ron Eldard […]

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: A Comedy of Nostalgia

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: A Comedy of Nostalgia

Superheroes and pandas are ruling movie screens right now, but it’s worth noting that Woody Allen’s latest film is on the list of top 10 films last week in terms of box office. All the diehard Allen fans have no doubt already rushed out to see the movie, but read these Reel Answers to see […]

BRIDESMAIDS: Funny Girls

BRIDESMAIDS: Funny Girls

Despite the poster featuring a posse of women posturing in hot-pink dresses, Bridesmaids is down to earth, focusing on one particular Milwaukee woman: the rather immature thirtysomething Annie (Kristen Wiig), who hits bottom when her best friend announces she’s marrying a rich guy. While there is some laugh-out-loud bad behavior in the movie à la The Hangover, Bridesmaids goes for the heart as it mines the humor (and pathos) in female friendships as well as the bizarrely competitive rituals leading up to a wedding. And, as an extra, it has a bit of romance thrown in.