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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
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October 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) That sensation, one that the movies rarely elicit anymore, is your heart tingling. While writer-director Richard Curtis (“Notting Hill,” “Love Actually”) always can be accused of sentimentality, corny plays well in characters we hope find happiness - especially in “About Time.” On that note: Welcome to the big show, Domhnall Gleeson. In an immensely likable, breakout turn, the actor (“Anna Karenina”) stars as Tim, a shy, 21-year-old Englishman whose dad (the great Bill Nighy)
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May 3, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Shame on 2-star movies for the indifference they cause. For the mild successes that quickly fade and for the flaws that could have been avoided with a simple change of procedure. For the fact that bad movies stir up some impassioned reaction. All a 2-star movie inspires is, “Eh.” That's the long way of saying that “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a dramedy about a group of elderly British folks who retire to a not especially luxurious senior spot in India, unfolds with all of the expected highlights from its great...
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May 3, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Shame on 2-star movies for the indifference they cause. For the mild successes that quickly fade and for the flaws that could have been avoided with a simple change of procedure. For the fact that bad movies stir up some impassioned reaction. All a 2-star movie inspires is, “Eh.” That's the long way of saying that “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a dramedy about a group of elderly British folks who retire to a not especially luxurious senior spot in India, unfolds with all of the expected highlights from its great...
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October 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) That sensation, one that the movies rarely elicit anymore, is your heart tingling. While writer-director Richard Curtis (“Notting Hill,” “Love Actually”) always can be accused of sentimentality, corny plays well in characters we hope find happiness - especially in “About Time.” On that note: Welcome to the big show, Domhnall Gleeson. In an immensely likable, breakout turn, the actor (“Anna Karenina”) stars as Tim, a shy, 21-year-old Englishman whose dad (the great Bill Nighy)
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December 15, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
The broadcast networks were shut out of the best TV drama category when nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning. FX's "American Horror Story" is the only non-pay-cable series to make the cut, joining Starz's "Boss," HBO's "Game of Thrones," Showtime's "Homeland" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire. " The broadcast networks did better in the comedies, where ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee" and "New Girl" joined HBO's "Enlightened" and Showtime's "Episodes.
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August 2, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) How kind of director Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard,” “Underworld”) to move the scene featuring a woman with three breasts to an early spot in his remake of “Total Recall,” in case any moviegoers want to leave after seeing the film's most iconic image. Anyone who splits, or avoids the movie entirely, won't miss much. This PG-13, CGI-packed update of the more violent 1990 Schwarzenegger flick screams “generic hackwork,” except “work” more fittingly describes the experience of...
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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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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
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