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    The Big Screen: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was released in late March to a limited opening and slipped under the radar of most audiences.

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    VAUGHN: ‘Snowpiercer‘ plows past the crowd

    In the not too distant future, the world is forced to face the effects of global warming. Scientists launch a revolutionary chemical into the atmosphere that will bring the Earth’s temperature back to manageable rates. The plan backfires. Horribly. The Earth’s temperature drops below...

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    The Big Screen: Tammy

    By now, everyone knows who Melissa McCarthy is. She stole the show in her breakthrough performance in “Bridesmaids.” The role made her the first and probably only actress to be nominated for an Oscar for a part that defines “gross out.”

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    VAUGHN: Jersey Boys

    Clint Eastwood seems to move further away from rough philosophy (“Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby”) to Americana-style nostalgia (“J. Edgar,” still rough), the latter typified with bright lights and glossy scenery in his latest film, “Jersey ...

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    The Big Screen: Captain America

    I always feel a little apprehensive about going into a theater to see a superhero film. The main issue I take is that screenwriters often get lazy. If you aren’t privy to the back story, it can feel like hanging out with two old friends who can’t stop telling inside jokes and you&#...

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    The Big Screen: Neeson brings ‘Non-Stop’ thrills

    Liam Neeson and Kevin Costner duke it out this weekend to determine who Hollywood’s reigning action star really is, and no, this isn’t an article from two decades ago. It’s “Non-Stop” vs. “3 Days to Kill,” two high octane films whose heroes happen...

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    Vaughn: McConaughey delivers nuanced performance in “Dallas Buyers Club”

    In “Dallas,” McConaughey is barely recognizable as Ron Woodruff, a Texan man who doesn’t come short of unsavory descriptors. He’s a bigot, a womanizer, a drug addict, an alcoholic and a gambler. He lives paycheck to paycheck, ripping off friends and drinking himself into...

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    VAUGHN: “The Counselor” the latest of Ridley Scott’s disappointments

    I revisited Ridley Scott’s Prometheus last week not knowing that I would be going to see The Counselor soon after. Although the two films couldn’t be further apart in story, they do share something that has become a running theme in Scott’s later work: laziness.

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    The Big Screen: ‘Carrie’ doesn’t replace original

    A remake of Brian de Palma’s classic “Carrie,” which doubles as a campy teenage horror nightmare and a sturdy examination of solitude and torment, was just as terrifying of a proposal as the original film itself. I assumed that with the utter failure of Gus Van Sant’s...

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    VAUGHN: “Rush” one of Ron Howard’s best

    Ron Howard makes me a little nervous. I never know which Howard is going to be running the show. The sarcastic genius (“Arrested Development”), the observant dramatist (“Frost/Nixon”), the blockbuster king (“Angels and Demons”) or the cheesy family man (&#...

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