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The BBC series “Walking with Dinosaurs” gets a kid-friendly big-screen treatment, complete with cutesy story and dino-poop jokes, in “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D,” opening Friday. Aimed squarely at that dino-crazy demographic (7-12), it pumps a few IQ points into a kid film genre sorely in need of them.“Walking” takes care to ID each new dinosaur species introduced, includin…

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Until a recent weekend morning, I had never set foot in Sweet_ness 7 cafe on Grant Street, although I’ve been in the neighborhood dozens of times. Then I got a look at the online menu and within days I was lining up a Cheap Eats there. What got me in the door was the combination of laid-back vibe for customers and serious-as-can-be attitude toward the food. The menu has a…

Four big movies – “American Hustle,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks” – are coming to area theaters this week, and News Arts Editor Jeff Simon screened them all. Wondering which you should see? Check out his reviews, both written and video:“American Hustle”: “Everything about David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle,’ opening Friday, is a t…

It’s the idea of Ron Burgundy that we all love so much. His introduction, the first “Anchorman,” wasn’t so hot. The idea was aces, though. We’d been waiting decades for it, in fact.Ron Burgundy was the anchor buffoon we were waiting – and praying – for, i.e. a profound TV news idiot way beyond Ted Baxter of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or that unfortunately located archetyp…

“Saving Mr. Banks” is the ultra-Disneyfied version of the tale of Walt Disney convincing a hostile P.L. Travers to let him make a film of her “Mary Poppins” books.No one has to be told what actually happened. It’s hardly a “spoiler.”No one has to be told either what anyone means who uses the word “Disneyfication” or one of its variants. It means that scariness exists only …

Bruce Dern has been one of the richest mysteries in Hollywood’s last three decades. If you ask people why he all-but-disappeared from major movie roles, they can’t really tell you why. That’s even true of his daughter, the wonderful actress Laura Dern. I know because I asked her that once in a telephone interview and as articulate and candid as she was, she really didn’t h…

Everything about David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” opening Friday, is a triumph and a stunner. If there’s any movie that puts an exclamation point to just how wonderful this movie year has been, “American Hustle” is the one. That it’s Russell’s best movie by far means that the often-bumpy – and obnoxious – journey of this wildly talented and tempestuous filmmaker has h…

Four big movies – “American Hustle,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks” – are coming to area theaters this week, and News Arts Editor Jeff Simon screened them all. Wondering which you should see? Check out his reviews, both written and video:“American Hustle”: “Everything about David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle,’ opening Friday, is a t…

It’s the idea of Ron Burgundy that we all love so much. His introduction, the first “Anchorman,” wasn’t so hot. The idea was aces, though. We’d been waiting decades for it, in fact.Ron Burgundy was the anchor buffoon we were waiting – and praying – for, i.e. a profound TV news idiot way beyond Ted Baxter of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or that unfortunately located archetyp…

“Saving Mr. Banks” is the ultra-Disneyfied version of the tale of Walt Disney convincing a hostile P.L. Travers to let him make a film of her “Mary Poppins” books.No one has to be told what actually happened. It’s hardly a “spoiler.”No one has to be told either what anyone means who uses the word “Disneyfication” or one of its variants. It means that scariness exists only …

Bruce Dern has been one of the richest mysteries in Hollywood’s last three decades. If you ask people why he all-but-disappeared from major movie roles, they can’t really tell you why. That’s even true of his daughter, the wonderful actress Laura Dern. I know because I asked her that once in a telephone interview and as articulate and candid as she was, she really didn’t h…

Everything about David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” opening Friday, is a triumph and a stunner. If there’s any movie that puts an exclamation point to just how wonderful this movie year has been, “American Hustle” is the one. That it’s Russell’s best movie by far means that the often-bumpy – and obnoxious – journey of this wildly talented and tempestuous filmmaker has h…

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Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully, than Peter O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81?I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O’Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said as much myself writing about 2006’s “Venus,” noting that it was “wrenching” to see his character “sitting on his bed, rumpl…

LOS ANGELES – The films “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush” received Golden Globes nominations this morning in the best drama category, while “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” were nominated in the best musical or comedy category.Both “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” domin…

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Even after more than 12 (!) hours spent in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth over the course of four films, Peter Jackson still finds ways to surprise us with breathtaking visuals. Meet Smaug, a greedy, paranoid dragon who enjoys lazily sleeping in a sea of gold – and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, no less. The dragon is the most wondrous creature in “The Hobbit: The Desolati…