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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is really only one reason "Albert Nobbs" was made into a movie, and that reason is Glenn Close. This movie was a passion project for Close, who not only stars as the titular character, but also served as executive producer, co-wrote the screenplay, helped co-write some of the music and hand-st... [More]

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Monday, January 23, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

This is not the greatest song in the world, NoThis is just a tribute.” – Tenacious D   Tribute bands are nothing new, nor are they particularly unique. In fact, I'm sure that on any given Friday night here in St. Louis you could drive around and find some local musicians performin... [More]

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a danger when a movie deals with a tragedy on the colossal scale of Sept. 11, 2001 in that it may cheapen a very real and very profound moment that impacted millions of people. Movies are great for dramatizing the far away or fictional, allowing us to munch away on our popcorn while wading... [More]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The idea of seeing a psychiatrist for counseling or therapy in this day and age is so commonplace even tough guys like Tony Soprano are willing to lie down on the couch for a little head shrinking. But not so long ago — just at the turn of the 20th Century — the treatment of mental illn... [More]

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The biggest problem with the new Mark Wahlberg movie "Contraband" is that it can't decide if it wants to be a gritty crime drama, a rowdy action movie or a light-hearted heist film. The result of this indecision is a mediocre movie peppered with decent actors doing the best they can with what littl... [More]

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Can we just go ahead and agree that it is time to anoint Meryl Streep as the world's greatest living actress? We could have the ceremony on some Alpine mountaintop where she would be allowed to sacrifice a publicist on the altar of artistic integrity. With apologies to the Judi Dench's, Hel... [More]

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Monday, January 9, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

A new year means many things to many people. For some it is a time of quiet reflection, for others it is a time to hopefully look forward to a new year full of opportunity and for others still it is a time to make sure that all of your laundered drug money is secure in secret offshore accounts. (Tha... [More]

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The musical "La Cage Aux Folles" makes quite an impression, and not just because it features a bunch of dudes in drag powering through some of the most physically demanding dance numbers to ever grace a Broadway stage. In heels no less. It is instead the longevity of the show, which since its debut... [More]