Author: Tim Pompey

Walkin’ after midnight

Midnight in ParisDirected by Woody AllenStarring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi KennedyRated PG 13 for some sexual references and smoking1 hr. 40 mins. Director Woody Allen has a new lover, only this time she’s the star and he’s the one basking in her glow. Who might that be? None other than the City of Lights, which Allen lovingly reveals in all her sensuous detail in his new film, Midnight in Paris. Allen’s best films have been about interesting people absorbed by their human frailties. This time around, however, he lets the backdrop take center stage. The actors...

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2 may be better than 1

Kung Fu Panda 2Directed by Jennifer Yuh NelsonStarring:  Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Dustin HoffmanRated PG for sequences of martial arts, action and mild violence1 hr. 35 mins. I’m not a big fan of sequels. I mean, let’s face it. Once you’ve found that certain movie magic and used it up — lightning in a bottle, so to speak — what are the odds of recapturing it? Fortunately for Kung Fu Panda 2, the Dreamworks panda crew found their inspiration in a trip they took to China to visit with — what else — pandas. Big pandas, baby...

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The big chill

Planning to have some down time this summer? Instead of traveling, maybe the high cost of gas will lead you to spend some extra time lounging on the patio. If you’re looking for movies to watch — something funny, romantic, scary, even Italian — and all relating to summer, here are a few recommendations. The Sandlot (1993) Rated PG, 101 min.Of course, during summer the kids take priority, and what’s more kidlike and summerlike than baseball? This is a family movie that turns baseball into a coming-of-age story. It’s very funny and includes a large beast of a dog...

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Thunder god packs little punch

ThorDirected by Kenneth BranaghStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence1 hr. 54 min. I actually had hope for this film. It was directed by ye royal English thespian Kenneth Branagh, and included a cast of Academy Award-winners like Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. In the end, however, the results are mixed — some good moments of drama, some surprising moments of humor. And yet, despite all the film’s fury, Thor feels tepid. The story really has two parts: one in the heavenly kingdom of Asgard, and the...

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Fill ‘er up with Diesel

Fast FiveDirected by Justin LinStarring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne JohnsonRated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content, and language2 hrs. 10 min. My wife made me go see this film. Understand that neither of us is a gearhead, which leaves only one good reason for her insistence: Vin Diesel. That might also explain the long line we stood in at 10:15 Saturday morning to buy tickets. Seems other wives had similar influence. Did I want to go? Not really, but now I’m forced to publicly thank her because this film is a blowout...

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