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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you believe the Internet – and, in this case, I think you can – Reese Witherspoon is 5 feet, 1½ inches tall. She’s not quite as tiny as a gumdrop-sized teen gymnast on the... Read More

By McClatchy-Tribune News Services » Thursday, December 18, 2014

There’s a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” It involves a scale model toy Roman soldier (Steve Coogan) and his Old West cowboy p... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The unspeakable after the uneatable” is how Oscar Wilde famously described the “sport” of fox hunting. The key word in his witticism is “unspeakable,” used to describe an aristocratic cla... Read More

By McClatchy-Tribune News Services » Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Annie,” a musical that the decades have rendered into a punchline, is modernized, made more streetwise and brought back to life in a production backed by Jay Z and various members of th... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“Peter Jackson: Tolkien Estate Rights Prevent More Middle-earth Films,” screamed an absurd recent headline. More Middle-earth films? Let’s not. If the latest entry, “The Hobbit: The Battle ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Top Five Reasons Why Chris Rock’s “Top Five” is the best film comedy of 2014. 1. The idea of Chris Rock as moviedom’s newest version of Woody Allen (or, once upon a time, Charlie Chapli... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 11, 2014

No argument. “Citizenfour” is the most important documentary of the film year. That doesn’t make it the best, though. That, it seems to me, is another subject altogether. The raw facts of ... Read More

By San Francisco Chronicle » Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s a strange thing, the process of seducing an audience into accepting something. Just moments into “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” we are confronted with the spectacle of John Turtur... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 4, 2014

There’s a truly great film performance somewhere inside Tommy Lee Jones, it seems to me. We just haven’t seen it yet – not all of it anyway. We’ve only seen incredibly fascinating pieces of it... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“Horrible Bosses 2” is so horrible a movie that I walked out after 90 minutes of it. Two families preceded me in their disgust. (The kids, to be blunt, shouldn’t have been at this... Read More
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