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  • ‘The Last Film Festival’
    ‘The Last Film Festival’

    Dennis Hopper’s unseen film to be given life through Kickstarter

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Linda Yellen’s assistant, Linda Stetson, is Katy England’s maternal aunt, who assisted with some production work and helped facilitate the interview with Yellen.

  • ‘Get Hard’ goes limp
    ‘Get Hard’ goes limp

    Ferrell/Hart comedy mostly wasted potential

    Sometimes you see a trailer for a movie and the potential leaps out at you. Whether it’s an interesting aesthetic or an engaging cast or whatever, your curiosity is piqued. And then, sadly, that initial flare of interest quickly fizzles out as the film quickly reveals itself to be little more than squandered possibility.

  • ‘Home’ is where the heart is
    ‘Home’ is where the heart is

    Inoffensive animated film heavy on sentiment

    There’s no denying that the overall quality of animated films has increased significantly in recent years. DreamWorks has long been a big contributor to that uptick in quality – not to the level of their rivals at Pixar, but certainly significant.

  • Shooting blanks – ‘The Gunman’
    Shooting blanks – ‘The Gunman’

    There has never been a better time to be an aging action star. We are in a geriatric golden age; whether you’re looking at the reinvigorated over-the-top stardom of guys like Stallone and Schwarzenegger or the reinvention of guys like Liam Neeson, the silver screen has seen plenty of old guys shooting guns and blowing stuff up.

    Apparently, Sean Penn decided he wanted to get in on some of that action despite not necessarily having a good understanding of what makes those movies work. “The Gunman” is the unfortunate result of that ill-informed decision.

  • The caste and the furious – ‘Insurgent’
    The caste and the furious – ‘Insurgent’

    Second installment a step backward for series

    It goes without saying that these days, franchises foot the bill in Hollywood. Big-budget multi-movie extravaganzas are the current watchword – and if they can be based on a preexisting pop cultural phenomenon, so much the better.

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