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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Trailer


Tintin is a young and enthusiastic journalist who is accompanied on his exploits by his pet dog Snowy and Captain Haddock. When Tintin buys a model ship as a present for his good friend Captain Haddock, he doesn't realise just how special his find is. After giving the present to the ex-sailor, he explains that this isn't any normal model ship, it's a replica of The Unicorn, a ship sailed by Haddock's ancestor Sir Francis Haddock.

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Disney's A Christmas Carol Trailer


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Shadow Of The Vampire Review


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Part homage to one of cinema's best-known silent films, part winkingly nebulous black comedy, and part old-school horror flick, "Shadow of the Vampire" is a crafty "what if" fictionalization of the making of "Nosferatu," the world's first vampire movie.

The film stars John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau, the classic picture's legendarily obsessive director who is willing to go to any lengths to capture genuine terror from his cast -- even if it means hiring a real vampire to play the lead, promising the undead "actor" the neck of his leading lady when the picture wraps.

Enter Willem Dafoe in a performance of a lifetime as Max Schreck -- the method actor who never appeared to the cast and crew out of character (or out of make-up, or during daylight) the whole time "Nosferatu" was being made on location at a foreboding castle in Bavaria, circa 1922.

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The Cat's Meow Review


Good

Most film directors dream about making their "Citizen Kane," and while few would have the audacity to try to equal Orson Welles' cinematic masterpiece, Peter Bogdanovich has found a way to do the next best thing.

Where Welles borrowed famously from the life of William Randolph Hearst -- his ego, his powerful publishing empire and his scandals -- in creating the fictional Charles Foster Kane, Bogdanovich has commandeered an incessant rumor about an infamous and mysterious death aboard Hearst's yacht in 1924 and turned it into a foxy and spirited historical showbiz anecdote that lingers in your mind for weeks after seeing it.

"The Cat's Meow" is an ensemble piece packed with the best work of some under-appreciated actors including Edward Herrmann ("The Lost Boys," "Gilmore Girls") as an amusingly gruff Hearst whose paranoia has gotten the better of his nerves; Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") as sardonic novelist and socialite Elinor Glyn; Jennifer Tilly ("Bound") as sycophantic but opportunistic gossip columnist Louella Parsons; Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") as once legendary, now down on his luck movie producer Thomas Ince; and a delightfully devilish yet wisely understated Eddie Izzard ("Shadow of the Vampire") as Charlie Chaplin. All these famous names were among the billionaire's onboard guests that fateful weekend.

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Cradle Will Rock Review


Very Good

A wonderfully ambitious, old-school ensemble piece, very much in the can-do spirit of the community to which it pays homage, "Cradle Will Rock" is a politically-undertoned dramedy about theater, censorship, ambition, apprehension, oppression, Orson Welles and the Great Depression.

Written and directed by Tim Robbins -- never one to shy away from cause-fueled entertainment -- this passionate labor of love celebrates and fictionalizes a legendary moment in American theater, when the government shut down the performance of a musical produced by the Works Progress Administration -- and the actors, at the risk of losing their jobs during the bleakest economic season in U.S. history, staged it anyway in a show of inspiring solidarity.

The play was entitled "The Cradle Will Rock" and its story of a greedy industrialist taken down by the organized working man made a lot of federal bureaucrats see red -- as in communism.

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Ella Enchanted Review


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Following in the footsteps of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" cartoons, "The Princess Bride," "Ever After," "Shrek" and "A Knight's Tale" -- but never quite matching any of their wit or novelty -- "Ella Enchanted" is an amusingly self-aware fable of handsome princes, evil kings and one very plucky heroine caught up in a magic spell.

Aiming at the tween-ager crowd that made a hit of "The Princess Diaries," 2001's more modern twist on such girlish daydreams, light-hearted director Tommy O'Haver ("Get Over It," "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss") enlists "Diaries" charming star Anne Hathaway in the title role as a medieval teenager who was hexed at birth with an obedience spell by an irksome but well-meaning fairy (Vivica A. Fox, stuck in a mock-ghetto-fabulous stereotype).

Having grown up quite stubborn yet unable to resist any demand upon her, Ella manages to get through life keeping her curse on the QT until her widowed father brings home a wicked stepmother (Joanna Lumley) and two even worse and obnoxiously over-played step-sisters (Lucy Punch and Jennifer Higham), who quickly and cruelly figure out that they can make Ella their plaything.

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Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

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Behaving Badly Movie Review

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For a comedy that so desperately wants to be rude and sexy, this movie is...

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Trailer

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Trailer

Tintin is a young and passionate journalist who is always accompanied on his adventures with...

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Trailer

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Trailer

Tintin is a young and enthusiastic journalist who is accompanied on his exploits by his...

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A Christmas Carol Movie Review

A Christmas Carol Movie Review

The quintessential Christmas classic gets yet another movie incarnation with this visually impressive version from...

Disney's A Christmas Carol Trailer

Disney's A Christmas Carol Trailer

Watch the trailer for Disney's A Christmas Carol The classic seasonal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge...

Ella Enchanted Movie Review

Ella Enchanted Movie Review

Ella Enchanted is a familiar fairytale: a young woman must overcome an extreme set of...

Shadow Of The Vampire Movie Review

Shadow Of The Vampire Movie Review

Part homage to one of cinema's best-known silent films, part winkingly nebulous black comedy, and...

The Cat's Meow Movie Review

The Cat's Meow Movie Review

Most film directors dream about making their "Citizen Kane," and while few would have the...

Ella Enchanted Movie Review

Ella Enchanted Movie Review

Following in the footsteps of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" cartoons, "The Princess Bride," "Ever After,"...

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