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Aisle Seat 8-19: Twilight Time, Muppets & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Overstuffed with villains, bombastic action and quite possibly one of the most obnoxious music scores ever written for the genre, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (**, 141 mins., 2014, PG-13; Sony) spins a web of mediocrity that might test the patience of even the most ardent fan of Your Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.
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Aisle Seat 8-12: Disney, Divergent & New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Disney fans hoping the studio would open up their back catalog more frequently have a quartet of new releases to choose from this week, all in respectable Blu-Ray transfers.
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Aisle Seat 8-5: Demy, Herzog, DePalma & Paul Williams
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
A pair of new Blu-Ray anthologies offer retrospectives on the unique careers of filmmakers Jacques Demy and Werner Herzog. Given the overall lack of foreign film content in the high-definition format domestically, these two packages from Criterion and Shout Factory, respectively, rank as two of the format’s finest of the year.
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Aisle Seat Video Vault: ORCA & MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI, the unnecessary sequel to George Lucas’ 1973 classic, has been largely forgotten about as the years have passed but is, especially for “American Graffiti” admirers, worthy of rediscovery (**½, 108 mins., 1979, PG; Universal).
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Aisle Seat 7-22: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
As someone who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my knowledge of the Golden Age of Radio is virtually non-existent. I recall my dad referring to “The Shadow” a few times, and remember listening to Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast, but it’s an art form I wish I always had more exposure to.
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Aisle Seat 7-15: Apes, Shout, Olive & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sturdy and entertaining, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (***, 130 mins., PG-13) finds ape and man – what’s left of it in a post-plague San Francisco – existing tenuously in this worthy sequel to 2011′s surprising “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
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Aisle Seat Video Vault: Stephen King's CAT'S EYE & MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
For a ten-year-old back in 1985, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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Aisle Seat 7-1: A 4th of July Spectacular
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Before H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon created “Alien” for director Ridley Scott, the duo worked alongside fellow artists Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Girard as part of director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to the screen in the mid 1970s. That collaborative effort has been chronicled in the entertaining new documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (***, 90 mins., 2013, PG-13; Sony), which details the now 84-year-old’s attempt at adapting the legendary sci-fi novel to the screen through his own unique vision.
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Aisle Seat 6-24: Summer Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic confection, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (***, 99 mins., 2014, R; Fox), is primarily set in a fictional European country in the 1930s, before the outbreak of war, where Gustave H., a “fruity” ladies man (Ralph Fiennes), schools a young bellhop, Moustapha Zero, in the art of customer satisfaction among other misadventures.
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Aisle Seat 6-10: All That Heaven Allows, Robocop '14
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/9/2014 - 9:00 PM
Described quite accurately in its earliest blurbs as a sci-fi variation on “Groundhog Day,” the latest Tom Cruise futuristic adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW (***, 113 mins., 2014, PG-13) is another sturdy, entertaining addition to the star’s growing roster of genre outings.
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