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Articles by SONNY BUNCH

MOVIES/BUNCH: A year of hits… and misses (mostly hits)

Opinion as to the quality of film over the last 12 months has been oddly divergent. I'm more disposed to agree with the naysayers, but that doesn't mean there haven't been 10 fascinating films to hit the big screen this year. Published January 1, 2010

BEYOND HOLLYWOOD: Poking fun at blaxploitation

Is your internal clock out of whack after staying up well past midnight on New Year's Eve? Wide awake at 11 p.m. and unsure of what to do? Consider heading over to the E Street Cinema to check out one of the midnight screenings of "Black Dynamite" on Friday and Saturday. Published January 1, 2010

‘Avatar’ rising

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences picked a lousy time to up the number of best-picture nominees from five to 10. As the year draws to a close and Oscar prognosticators begin to survey the landscape, it appears obvious that there are just three legitimate choices for the top honor this year. Published December 25, 2009

Blu-ray for everyone

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has added a weapon to its home-video arsenal that will appeal to those who unwrapped a Blu-ray player Friday morning - or are considering picking up one at an after-Christmas sale. Beginning early next year, Warner Bros. will offer its entire slate of new releases in combo Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy sets for the same price as standard DVD releases. Published December 25, 2009


It's impossible to fully consider James Cameron's long-in-the-making eco-opus "Avatar" without examining the film's technological wonders and storytelling blunders separately. The picture Mr. Cameron presents to us may be a real achievement, visually, but the story is a total rehash. Published December 18, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’

"Did You Hear About the Morgans?" is about as stereotypical as a stereotypical romantic comedy can get. These movies live or die on the strength of the chemistry between the two leads. Can Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker carry the film? Yes, kind of. Published December 18, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Invictus’

If it's the end of the year, it must be time for a new prestige picture from Clint Eastwood. Published December 11, 2009

BEYOND HOLLYWOOD: ‘Welles’ for a new age

The "High School Musical" set wouldn't ordinarily have much interest in a feature film about a filmmaker whose most lasting work was completed some 50 years before they were born. But with teen heartthrob and star of the Disney series Zac Efron in the mix, anything is possible. Published December 11, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Slammin’ Salmon’

The Broken Lizard comedy troupe — the minds behind the cult hit "Super Troopers" and also "Club Dread" and "Beerfest" — returns to the big screen this weekend with "The Slammin' Salmon," an absurdist take on one crazy night in a Miami restaurant. Published December 11, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Me and Orson Welles’

"Me and Orson Welles" isn't quite a coming-of-age movie, and it's not quite an examination of the early, pre-cinema work of Orson Welles. Instead, it's an odd melange of the two that is intermittently entertaining but never quite comes together in a satisfying way. Published December 11, 2009

ON THE EDGE: How film directs cultural memory

It's often said that nothing can trump a book brought to life by one's imagination, but it's not true. The incredibly vivid nature of seeing a story brought to life has no equal. Published December 11, 2009

Director Reitman’s stories tap resonant issues

He is the director of movies revolving around a tobacco lobbyist, a pregnant teenager and a guy who fires people for a living. But Jason Reitman doesn't want you to get hung up on the unique situations of the characters in his movies. Published December 4, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Up in the Air’

It's hard to say which aspect of "Up in the Air" will strike a more resonant chord with American audiences: that the lead character fires people for a living or that this master downsizer lives an unanchored life disconnected from family and devoid of friends and neighbors. Published December 4, 2009

2009 Kennedy Center Honoree: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks has been rewarded with a Kennedy Center Honor for mastering every facet of the entertainment industry and bringing laughter to countless millions with his iconic brand of distinctly Jewish comedy. Published December 4, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brothers’

In its attempt to examine the war on terror through the lens of family struggles, "Brothers" occasionally works. Ultimately, however, it fails in two respects. Published December 4, 2009

BEYOND HOLLYWOOD: The fantastic Mr. Anderson

"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is director Wes Anderson's first full-length foray into the world of stop-motion animation, and he is well-suited to the form. Published November 27, 2009


John Woo has been absent from the big screen for a while now. He returned with a bang last year in China, debuting his two-part epic "Chi bi" ("Red Cliff") to rave reviews and a box-office bonanza. Published November 27, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Based on the children's book, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is a wonderful stop-motion animated fable from the minds of director Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl. Published November 25, 2009