Diversions

‘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...

‘Unstoppable’ on track to reprise popular runaway-train theme

Runaway locomotives have a long and noble history in movies, and I've been a fan at least since the TV movie Runaway! back in 1973. Since then, I've enjoyed the premise in...

‘Due Date’ chaotic but still boasts worthy acting

An uptight guy is forced to travel across America with an obnoxious guy. That’s the simple, and by no means original, premise of the new road comedy Due Date, a 21st-Century spin...

Original ‘Invasion’ still a good scare

If you’re looking for a scary classic DVD for this month of ghouls and goblins, you might consider the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In this 1956 classic, big parasitical seed pods...

‘Buried’ frightens with primal terror

October at last! It’s my favorite month in the Valley because it’s the one in which summer begins to give up her stubbornness, and my favorite month anywhere because it’s the month...

‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

The title of Oliver Stone’s new film is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. For all I know, that may be true—my relationship with Money, to date, hasn’t been intimate enough to say....

Now that school’s back, nearby Phoenix Zoo becomes an even more appealing destination

A couple of weeks ago I had a strong wish to see a donkey and a howler monkey. This didn’t come out of nowhere. I was in the middle of reading Beatrice...
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