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November 15, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four)   Perhaps on some level people fixate on the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson offscreen drama because nothing in “The Twilight Saga” burns as strongly or clearly as infidelity.   Yes, there's the totally monumental love between vampire Edward (Pattinson) and former human, new vampire Bella (Stewart). Yet the films based on Stephenie Meyer's books almost always have failed to fill in details about anything but the complicated yearning between two beings challenged by mythical urges.
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May 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Much must be said about the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended,” but we'll save that for the review. For now, it's worth noting that the movie (opening Friday) is the first major big-screen role for 16-year-old Bella Thorne, who later this year also will release her debut album (“Call it Whatever,” due June 24) and debut novel (“Autumn Falls,” the first of a trilogy, out Nov. 11). That's in addition to appearing alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”)
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November 17, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four)   It's a miracle! Not one of those happy miracles, though. More like, “Sorry, Bella, there's now a vampire growing inside you.”   That's because 18-year-old Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her new, much-older-than-that vampire husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) didn't think she could get pregnant. Their error puts a major damper on a Brazilian honeymoon that cools off after Edward decides any more sex will make him murder his wife.   So after just a few days of bliss following a rushed,...
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April 23, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
One of 2012's best movies came and went without a shred of the attention it deserves, and it's not as if the film's some obscure, subtitled documentary only a niche audience would see anyway. It's "Not Fade Away," the tremendous feature writing-directing debut for "The Sopranos" creator David Chase, which arrives April 30 on Blu-Ray/DVD. It's a must-see for anyone who loves classic, music-driven coming-of-age stories and how the feeling of being young can excite and change on a daily basis.
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October 11, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Sorry, art and theater departments. A Boston high school principal (Greg Germann) says he has to cut all non-athletic extracurricular activities, but no one mentions any programs besides music. Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James), who is so checked out that he hides behind the sports section to avoid seeing a student's raised hand, suddenly insists that the music program and its teacher, Marty (Henry Winkler), must be saved because Marty's wife Molie (Nikki Tyler-Flynn)
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November 14, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Can you believe “Twilight” star Nikki Reed got married a month ago (to “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald), totally stealing the thunder from the wedding of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1”? “Stealing their thunder?” says the 23-year-old actress with a laugh. “I don't think it's possible to steal Edward and Bella's thunder … I think every interview I do everyone's like, 'It's the most anticipated wedding of the decade!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
One of 2012's best movies came and went without a shred of the attention it deserves, and it's not as if the film's some obscure, subtitled documentary only a niche audience would see anyway. It's "Not Fade Away," the tremendous feature writing-directing debut for "The Sopranos" creator David Chase, which arrives April 30 on Blu-Ray/DVD. It's a must-see for anyone who loves classic, music-driven coming-of-age stories and how the feeling of being young can excite and change on a daily basis.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Much must be said about the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended,” but we'll save that for the review. For now, it's worth noting that the movie (opening Friday) is the first major big-screen role for 16-year-old Bella Thorne, who later this year also will release her debut album (“Call it Whatever,” due June 24) and debut novel (“Autumn Falls,” the first of a trilogy, out Nov. 11). That's in addition to appearing alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...
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March 28, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
0.5 stars (out of four) Congratulations, Stephenie Meyer. You made something worse than “Twilight.” Adapted by suddenly terrible writer/director Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show,” “In Time”) from Meyer's supposedly adult novel, “The Host” attempts to construct another chaste love triangle around a bland, largely inactive young woman (Saoirse Ronan) and the two dudes (Max Irons, Jake Abel) who brood over her/battle to kiss her in the rain. Big problems with that: The guys, Jared (Irons)
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March 22, 2012 | By Katie Donbavand, For RedEye
When I say "young adult literature," what comes to mind? I bet it's angst-ridden teenage girls and sparkly vampires who have nothing better to do with their immortality than to take high school chem over and over again. The "Twilight" juggernaut has ruined YA lit's reputation. It has come to stand as a symbol of everything eye-rollingly terrible about the genre. Almost all the blame can be laid on its fictional narrator, Bella Swan. Even a decent percentage of Twi-hards who swear their allegiance to Stephenie Meyer admit they can't stand the passive (at her...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
0.5 stars (out of four) Congratulations, Stephenie Meyer. You made something worse than “Twilight.” Adapted by suddenly terrible writer/director Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show,” “In Time”) from Meyer's supposedly adult novel, “The Host” attempts to construct another chaste love triangle around a bland, largely inactive young woman (Saoirse Ronan) and the two dudes (Max Irons, Jake Abel) who brood over her/battle to kiss her in the rain. Big problems with that: The guys, Jared (Irons)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four)   Perhaps on some level people fixate on the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson offscreen drama because nothing in “The Twilight Saga” burns as strongly or clearly as infidelity.   Yes, there's the totally monumental love between vampire Edward (Pattinson) and former human, new vampire Bella (Stewart). Yet the films based on Stephenie Meyer's books almost always have failed to fill in details about anything but the complicated yearning between two beings challenged by mythical urges.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Can you believe “Twilight” star Nikki Reed got married a month ago (to “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald), totally stealing the thunder from the wedding of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1”? “Stealing their thunder?” says the 23-year-old actress with a laugh. “I don't think it's possible to steal Edward and Bella's thunder … I think every interview I do everyone's like, 'It's the most anticipated wedding of the decade!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Sorry, art and theater departments. A Boston high school principal (Greg Germann) says he has to cut all non-athletic extracurricular activities, but no one mentions any programs besides music. Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James), who is so checked out that he hides behind the sports section to avoid seeing a student's raised hand, suddenly insists that the music program and its teacher, Marty (Henry Winkler), must be saved because Marty's wife Molie (Nikki Tyler-Flynn)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four)   It's a miracle! Not one of those happy miracles, though. More like, “Sorry, Bella, there's now a vampire growing inside you.”   That's because 18-year-old Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her new, much-older-than-that vampire husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) didn't think she could get pregnant. Their error puts a major damper on a Brazilian honeymoon that cools off after Edward decides any more sex will make him murder his wife.   So after...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Stop what you are doing. I have a huge, mind-blowing story for you about a major celebrity. Get this: Katy Perry was caught in ____ while ____ and his limo driver ____ an entire case of ____. I will fill in each empty space on the first Wednesday of the next four months. Excited? Fortunately, entertainment news items aren't released this way, but we're not far from it. Over the course of 20 hours Monday and Tuesday, the official poster for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” was released in six separate pieces at six different Facebook URLs.
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May 30, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
When Heather Owen heard about the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., last week, she decided to do what she could to help. As president of One Tail at a Time, the Chicago-based dog rescue center, that meant raising more than $6,000 in one week, packing a van full of animal supplies and heading to the devastated town to help with animal relief efforts. Owen and four of her colleagues will mainly be volunteering at the Animal Resource Center in Moore. The group will also bring five dogs back to their Chicago center and...
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