Diversions

Holy bird smugglers! Where’s Batman when we need him?

The computer-animated kids’ movie Rio begins in the title city, where we see a baby parrot captured for the exotic bird trade. Somehow he ends up stranded in Minnesota, where he grows...

‘Hop’ may be silly but still provides plenty of flop-eared hijinks

Much of last month I spent in China, where the Year of the Rabbit is in full swing. Cute little bunnies were in evidence everywhere—on billboards, buses, restaurants, shop windows and calendars....

Lucky Lou’s: Always a good bet

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Not in the mood? How about a juicy burger, a scrumptious (and healthy) plate of grilled salmon, an order of marinated sirloin kabobs or one of Lou’s signature...

‘No. 4’ aspires to ‘Twilight’

Authorship of the young-adult novel I Am Number Four is credited to a certain “Pittacus Lore.” If you have a faint suspicion of a pseudonym, bravo to you—the name represents a collaboration...

Our movie guru offers his picks for this year’s Best Oscar Pix

For the shortest month in the calendar, we ask a lot of February. It’s devoted to love, and to commemorating our great presidents, and once every few years we ask it to...

Mark Moorhead’s ‘Best of’ listing of all-time romantic film classics

Flowers wilt. Candy endangers the waistline. Jewelry endangers the credit card. But a good romantic movie can make for a world-class Valentine’s Day. Choosing the right Valentine’s movie is an art, however. Every taste...

‘Green Hornet’: A few super moments but mainly a super disappointment

One of the signs that you’re a true movie star may be when you get cast in a classic role for which you seem completely wrong. Not many actors strike me as less...

Digital enhancements ensure movie-goers a truly moving experience, literally

At this writing I still haven’t seen Harry Potter and the Receding Hairline, or whatever this one is called. But I did get to attend a demonstration of the latest technological marvel...
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