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Bidder 70 Film:  Eco-documentary chronicles trials and tribulations of environmental activist
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Bidder 70 Film: Eco-documentary chronicles trials and tribulations of environmental activist

posterThe Bush administration’s announcement in 2008 of its intention to auction-off the mining rights to many square miles of virgin land located in national forests ignited waves of protests by environmental activists. But when picketing, petitioning and the lobbying of politicians failed, the government proceeded with its plan to grant oil and gas mega-corporations access to the pristine parcels.

The Big Wedding: A-list cast can’t save atrocious adaptation of French farce
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The Big Wedding: A-list cast can’t save atrocious adaptation of French farce

the weddingThis picture is such a wholesale disaster that it’s hard to decide where to start in critiquing it. I could talk about how it is just the latest case of Hollywood remaking a French farce (Mon Frère se Marie) which somehow lost all of its charm in the translation into English. Or I could point out how it’s a slight variation of “Meet the Parents” and even has Robert De Niro reprising his role as a macho father-in-law less inclined to reason than to threaten to bust a kneecap or tweeze a guy’s gonads off.

Pain & Gain: Crime Caper Recreates Real-Life Kidnapping Plot
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Pain & Gain: Crime Caper Recreates Real-Life Kidnapping Plot

[caption id="attachment_16900" align="alignleft"]97443 galrottentomatoes.com[/caption]Michael Bay is a director whose name has mostly come to be associated with mindless, stunt-driven action flicks such as “Armageddon,” “Bad Boys” and the “Transformers” franchise. His latest offering, however, “Pain & Gain” represents a relatively-cerebral departure in that it tones down the special effects and pyrotechnics in favor of credible plot and character development.

Travaris Spears The “Admission” Interview: Veni! Vidi! Varis!
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Travaris Spears The “Admission” Interview: Veni! Vidi! Varis!

[caption id="attachment_16856" align="alignleft"]travaris spears-9180Travaris Spears[/caption]Known to many as “Varis” or simply as “V,” Travaris Spears hails from Rochester, New York where, at an early age, he displayed a charm that was engaging and magnetic. An energy and passion for performing led him to sing, dance, and even imitate his favorite artists and celebrities. Using the world as his stage, Travaris leaves a lasting impression, thanks to a gift for communicating and interacting with people from all walks of life.

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OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening April 26, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“The Big Wedding” (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Hollywood remake of Mon Frère se Marie, the French farce about a long-divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) pressured to pretend they’re still happily married at the wedding of their adopted son (Ben Barnes) when his conservative birth mother (Patricia Rae), a devout Catholic from Colombia, unexpectedly decides to attend. Ensemble includes Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

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