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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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    ‘Blue Jasmine’ hits mark

    Woody Allen returns to good form with his loose screen interpretation of the classic Elia Kazan film "A Streetcar Named Desire." "Blue Jasmine" digs deeper than his recent successes ("Midnight in Paris," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Match Point"). Not since "Husbands and Wives," released more than...

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    'The Butler' spans terms of seven U.S. presidents

    At times Lee Daniel's "The Butler" felt like the African-American answer to "Forrest Gump." In the span of two hours we run through nearly 30 years, 7 different Presidents and moments in African American history – Southern segregation, the civil rights movement, apartheid in South Africa. It...

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    'We're the Millers' brings laughs

    >I distinctly remember groaning throughout "Bad Teacher," a 2011 Cameron Diaz comedy, but especially when her frail frame traipses out in a red bikini and stilettos to jiggle (if that's even possible) around and get the film a few more male viewers. There was no substance to the scene, no context.

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    From 'District 9' director comes another smart film

    Bourne is back. Well, kind of.

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    The Big Screen: Looking for man behind the mask

    Does anyone else remember the days of good Johnny Depp movies? Before he became Captain Jack Sparrow and exploded from a famous indie actor to Hollywood leading man? In the last few years, he seems like a caricature of himself, or at least Tim Burton's caricature of Johnny Depp. Long gone are the...

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