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Movie review: Lots of fun on the way to 'World's End'

...marks an end, of sorts. It is the final film in a trilogy, though "trilogy" should only be applied loosely. Writer/director Edgar Wright and his collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost first brought us the touching, thoughtful, and gut-wrenchingly...
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Anchorman 2 an exception to rule

...rehash of the funniest bits from the first movie, the "Anchorman" sequel is really playing to its strengths. Maybe writer/director Adam McKay and writer/star Will Ferrell can be accused of playing it safe, but really, why not? People going...
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...somebody up, the girl that stops somebody from getting beat up," Moore took on the challenge of playing a character writer-director Stuart Blumberg actually based on her."I had this idea for this female character who was like Pink," Blumberg...
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'Obama's America' draws conclusions without any facts

...just plain terrible. D'Souza clearly thinks of himself as a counterpart to Michael Moore. Not only is he the writer/director, but he's also the star. The film starts out with some background. D'Souza, like Obama, is the child of...
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Reeling It In: The best of films, the worst of films

...toward the end, but it's still a great genre flick and a lot of fun to watch. "The Social Network" Wow. Only a writer/director team as accomplished as David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin could turn the story of an introverted guy who comes up with...
Movie review: A big story to tell in 'Oblivion'

...isn't its ambition, but it's execution. Many of the intricate puzzle pieces just don't fit, no matter how much writer/director Joseph Kosinski seems to want them to. Morgan Freeman shows up as the leader of a mysterious band of humans who...
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Reeling It In: This comedy really tries hard

...role of the uptight, oblivious nerd, his manic side barely contained by a nearly impenetrable wall of positivity. Writer/director McKay, who tunes Ferrell's roles to the actor's exact rhythm, wisely includes scenes where these carefully...
'Sky Captain' starts soaring, doesn't end so high

...the intended effect. The film also is overloaded with references to "The Wizard of Oz" -- to which first-time writer-director Kerry Conran says he's paying tribute -- including a metallic version of those menacing flying monkeys and a giant...
Chick flick well worth money spent

...crux of the movie. ?In the Land of Women? works, sometimes because of, and sometimes in spite of, rookie writer-director Jon Kasdan, son of Hollywood director Lawrence Kasdan. The writing is really the best part of the film, rarely...
'The Help': Movie works, even if you haven't read the book

...Burning" version of "Driving Miss Daisy," but instead keeps it light while managing not to dilute the issue. Writer/director Tate Taylor deserves a lot of credit for focusing the story less on Skeeter, and more on Aibileen, Minny, and...
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