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Film, "Solomon Kane": A Brisk, Humorless, CGI Fantasy Epic

"Solomon Kane": A Brisk, Humorless, CGI Fantasy Epic

Nobody seemed to have faith in this benighted, Robert E. Howard–based sword-and-sorcery demi-epic, which is three years old, has already wound its way through Europe, and was preempted stateside by its own VOD release this past August. It is, for…
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Film, "Conan the Barbarian": Remake Is a Bloody Good Time

"Conan the Barbarian": Remake Is a Bloody Good Time

A cinematic reboot for the patron saint of 98-pound weaklings, Conan the Barbarian is both truer to the vision of its character's creator, Robert E. Howard, and more satisfyingly pulpy than John Milius' 1982 movie incarnation. Director Marcus Nispel, along…
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The Fan and the Movie Camera

"Long live the consciousness of the pure who can see and hear!" That statement by pioneer Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov kept reverberating in my brain after my prime movie experience this year -- watching his silent extravaganza The Man With…
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Love and Martyrdom

Some Mother's Son Directed by Terry George. Written by Terry George and Jim Sheridan. Starring Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan. Opens Thursday, Dec. 26, at the Embarcadero Center. The Whole Wide World Directed by Dan Ireland. Written by Michael Scott…
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