‘Nobody Walks’ is such a wasted opportunity

Olivia Thirlby stars in 'Nobody Walks'
Olivia Thirlby stars in ‘Nobody Walks’

Nobody Walks, from director and co-writer Ry Russo-Young, gets right down to business in its scant 82 minutes. No sooner do we meet Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a 23-year-old Brooklyn artist just off an LAX-bound flight than we see her making out with the guy with whom she has headed to the parking garage. It turns out they’ve only just met, and while she’s happy for the ride, so to speak, that’s all. I guess she doesn’t have much time to waste either.

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‘Anna Karenina’ marriages film and stage for tale of adultery

Keira Knightley stars in 'Anna Karenina'
Keira Knightley stars in ‘Anna Karenina’

[rating=3]Starring: Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Domnhall Gleason, Matthew Macfadyen , Kelly Macdonald
Director(s): Joe Wright
Writer(s): Tom Stoppard

Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is certainly Leo Tolstoy’s classic as you’ve never seen it before. An often breathless conversation between filmic and theatrical language, writer Tom Stoppard’s adaptation literally puts heroine Anna and her Russian cohorts on stage in plain view of all. The message in this work about passion between the classes is a constant reminder that when it comes to decisions of the heart, everyone is watching. Love is a spectator sport that doesn’t always guarantee a victor – though it will always declare a loser.

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Linda Cardellini delivers strong performance in compelling ‘Return’

Linda Cardellini is a struggling veteran who comes home after a year in the war zone in 'Return'
Linda Cardellini is a struggling veteran who comes home after a year in the war zone in ‘Return’

[rating=3]Starring:  Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Bonnie Swencionis
Director(s):  Liza Johnson
Writer(s):  Liza Johnson

Return is a film that only had a brief moment in theatrical release and that’s a real shame.  It’s a moving, compelling character study of what life is like for a female veteran returning home after a year in a combat zone.

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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ finally sees the light

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are still in love in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2'
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are still in love in ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2’

[rating=3]Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Billy Burke
Director(s): Bill Condon
Writer(s): Melissa Rosenberg

Though the Twilight series, which culminates in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the fifth and final segment in the franchise, has been a major boon to the film industry and to all involved onscreen, including three directors, stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart, original author Stephenie Meyer and a host of character actors and technicians, its blueprints come straight from television.

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ brings history to life in an outstanding film

Daniel Day-Lewis is 'Lincoln'
Daniel Day-Lewis is ‘Lincoln’

[rating=4]Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, Gloria Reuben, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Jackie Earle Haley and Jared Harris
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Writer(s): Tony Kushner, taken partially from the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a narrowly focused look at a critical portion of Abraham Lincoln’s tenure as President of the United States. It is an examination of the events that took place in the aftermath of Lincoln’s re-election in November of 1864 until the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment in January of 1865.

Yes, it goes on for a short bit afterward, up until Lincoln’s death by assassin in April of 1865, but the critical matter is what takes place during those very turbulent months until the vote.

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