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"Geronimo Stilton" Offers Mouse-Sized Thrills
11 March 2014 9:51 PM, PDT
Star reporter Geronimo Stilton is a mouse always looking for the next big story, but somehow, trouble always seems to find him. Luckily, he has his sister Thea, cousin Trap, nephew Benjamin, and Benjamin’s best friend Pandora along to save the day and find the scoop. Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express and Other Adventures is a collection of episodes from the world-famous children’s television show including “Intrigue on the Rodent Express,” “The Mummy With No Name,” “The Mask of the Rat-Jitsu,” and “Starring Geronimo.”
- Rachel Kolb
"Instructions Not Included", But Laughs Are
11 March 2014 9:01 PM, PDT
Hollywood can’t stop talking about what was accomplished with $5 million on Dallas Buyers Club, but what about what Mexican production Instructions Not Included did for the same amount? Deservedly the highest-grossing Mexican film in the United States, the film is a sweeping, heartfelt tale with impeccable production value across lush, vibrant locales that keep the tapestry of the film ever-changing. Departing from the confines of Hollywood formulaic storytelling, the film delivers a patient, poignant journey rife with laughs, but not afraid of tears. What Pan’s Labyrinth did for fantasy, Instructions Not Included does for the family comedy.
- Kyle North
You Can Still Have A Good Time In "Chicago"
11 March 2014 6:48 PM, PDT
Chicago is the ultimate kind of magic trick: the kind that you can only do once. By the time cinema moved into its second century, few once popular genres had fallen quite as precipitously into disrepute as had the musical. Antiquated, stage-bound, and redolent of a time when film and theater were thought of interchangeably, breaking out into song at critical junctures clashed harshly with the newer, harsher sensibilities of post-70s cinema. The only way to plausibly market one would be to bill it as a musical “for people who don’t like musicals”, and stage and edit it in such a way that it played more as a music video than an import from the great white way. Enter Chicago. Even when the movie’s firing on all cylinders (which it frequently is), it still feels oddly skittish about embracing what it is, making it perfectly entertaining but also unsurprising that, »
- Anders Nelson
Terry Fator: Live From Your Comfort Zone
9 March 2014 9:27 PM, PDT
Terry Fator is a past winner of America’s Got Talent, and one can’t help but wonder if that was simply because he had the most talents: he is a singer, songwriter, celebrity impressionist and ventriloquist. During Terry Fator: Live in Concert, a DVD release of one of his shows at The Mirage in Las Vegas, he showcases his abilities at all of the above; it’s too bad the schtick he uses these talents for is less than inspiring.
- Lee Jutton
"Kiss The Water" Kisses Greatness
9 March 2014 9:25 PM, PDT
Kiss the Water is subtitled “A Love Story.” But what, exactly, is the love story at the heart of this documentary? Is it about the love that expert and renowned (at least in Scotland) fishing fly maker Megan Boyd had for her craft? Is it about the love that fishermen have for their sport and the fishing flies that aid them? Or is it about the love that documentary filmmaker Eric Steel has for lyrical, poetic filmmaking? The answer could be any or all of the above.
- John Keith
"Nurse Jackie" Remains An Easy Pill To Swallow
9 March 2014 8:22 PM, PDT
Last season saw Jackie (Emmy winner Edie Falco) tackling rehab for her incredible drug addiction; so what could be left for Jackie this season? Sobriety, of course. And, as the producers tease in one of the special features: consequences. Jackie is back to work at All Saints (after being fired last season) and must face backlash from her actions these past seasons while also fighting to stay sober in a world full of pills. No easy task, right? Especially when you’ve left rehab early.
- John Keith