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Fearless Forecast

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Fearless Forecast

Don't look now, but that's 2017 looming just around the corner, so let's take a look at my 17 most hotly anticipated movies of 2017. Live by Night (Jan. 13). Ben Affleck has directed three of my favorite films of this century: Gone, Baby, Gone; The Town; and Argo. Now

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Yippe-ki-yay, movie-lovers

In “Live Free or Die Hard,” John McClane is the Energizer Bunny, Chuck Wepner and Batman rolled into one.  Like the battery-powered bunny, he just keeps going and going.  Like Wepner, the heavyweight punching bag known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” who was pummeled for 15 rounds by Muhammad Ali and served as

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Yippe-ki-yay, movie-lovers

In “Live Free or Die Hard,” John McClane is the Energizer Bunny, Chuck Wepner and Batman rolled into one.  Like the battery-powered bunny, he just keeps going and going.  Like Wepner, the heavyweight punching bag known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” who was pummeled for 15 rounds by Muhammad Ali and served as

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Abandon ark!

Oh, my God, this movie sucks.  I’ll say this much: Kudos to Jim Carrey for pulling off perhaps the most amazing disappearing-act hat trick in motion-picture history.  With his non-appearance in “Evan Almighty,” the follow-up to the smash hit “Bruce Almighty” (2003), Carrey has now NOT appeared in three of

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Abandon ark!

Oh, my God, this movie sucks.  I’ll say this much: Kudos to Jim Carrey for pulling off perhaps the most amazing disappearing-act hat trick in motion-picture history.  With his non-appearance in “Evan Almighty,” the follow-up to the smash hit “Bruce Almighty” (2003), Carrey has now NOT appeared in three of

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Killer of the year

Mr. Brooks is Portland’s Man of the Year.  He’s one of those 50ish, effortlessly charming multimillionaires who wear a tuxedo as easily as most of us don sweats.  Mr. Brooks has a hugely successful business and an adoring and gorgeous wife of 20-plus years who still banters with him and flirts

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Killer of the year

Mr. Brooks is Portland’s Man of the Year.  He’s one of those 50ish, effortlessly charming multimillionaires who wear a tuxedo as easily as most of us don sweats.  Mr. Brooks has a hugely successful business and an adoring and gorgeous wife of 20-plus years who still banters with him and flirts

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Yo ho ho — three successful flicks in a row

There is a moment late in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” when Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley stride three abreast to a summit meeting of sorts.  Adorned in their elaborate getups, from boots to cloaks to unique hats, they personify pirate cool.  Watching three generations of

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Yo ho ho â€" three successful flicks in a row

There is a moment late in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” when Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley stride three abreast to a summit meeting of sorts.  Adorned in their elaborate getups, from boots to cloaks to unique hats, they personify pirate cool.  Watching three generations of

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When art shouldn\'t imitate life

Two months shy of her 21st birthday but already with enough partying in her past to give Keith Richards a hangover, Lindsay Lohan has more baggage than luisvuitton.com as she stars in “Georgia Rule.”  And she’s playing a deeply troubled party girl.  Is Lohan tapping into the continuing soap opera that is

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When art shouldn\'t imitate life

Two months shy of her 21st birthday but already with enough partying in her past to give Keith Richards a hangover, Lindsay Lohan has more baggage than luisvuitton.com as she stars in “Georgia Rule.”  And she’s playing a deeply troubled party girl.  Is Lohan tapping into the continuing soap opera that is

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Two out of three ain’t bad

If you walked out of the exhilarating triumph that was “Spider-Man 2” and immediately started counting the days until the release of Spidey Trois, there’s probably nothing I can say that will dissuade you from racing to the multiplex for the eagerly anticipated third installment — but I gotta try

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Gamble pays off

With the exception of “Rounders,” movies about poker rarely get it right.  Even in the classic “The Cincinnati Kid,” with the immortal showdown between Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson, the final hand is straight out of fantasyland.  They’re playing five-card stud, and McQueen gets a full house — only

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Two out of three ain’t bad

If you walked out of the exhilarating triumph that was “Spider-Man 2” and immediately started counting the days until the release of Spidey Trois, there’s probably nothing I can say that will dissuade you from racing to the multiplex for the eagerly anticipated third installment — but I gotta try

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Gamble pays off

With the exception of “Rounders,” movies about poker rarely get it right.  Even in the classic “The Cincinnati Kid,” with the immortal showdown between Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson, the final hand is straight out of fantasyland.  They’re playing five-card stud, and McQueen gets a full house — only

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Ms. Oscar tumbles

Just when you thought “The Reaping” was the most convoluted and overwrought flashback-riddled thriller starring an Academy Award-winning actress in theaters, along comes “Perfect Stranger.”  With her Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” fading fast in the rearview mirror, Halle Berry continues her string of earnest but mostly sub-par performances in mostly bad

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Ms. Oscar tumbles

Just when you thought “The Reaping” was the most convoluted and overwrought flashback-riddled thriller starring an Academy Award-winning actress in theaters, along comes “Perfect Stranger.”  With her Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” fading fast in the rearview mirror, Halle Berry continues her string of earnest but mostly sub-par performances in mostly bad

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Pure popcorn fun

Rose McGowan is Cherry Darling, a former go-go dancer and wannabe stand-up comic who sports a machine gun where once she had a leg.  Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, a smiling, muscle car-driving speed-demon who has a hideous scar creasing his face and a propensity for imitating John Wayne and

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Pure popcorn fun

Rose McGowan is Cherry Darling, a former go-go dancer and wannabe stand-up comic who sports a machine gun where once she had a leg.  Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, a smiling, muscle car-driving speed-demon who has a hideous scar creasing his face and a propensity for imitating John Wayne and

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