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Columns by Derek Johnson


A film about Abraham Lincoln must be a difficult endeavor. The simple facts of the man’s life story offer so many opportunities for any film…

'The Campaign'

American political campaigns are absurd to a point that exaggeration is unnecessary to create comedy. Of course, that did not stop Jay Roach…

'The Bourne Legacy'

The Bourne movies are a workout. They zip from one country to the next at breakneck speed, only slowing occasionally from queasy rooftop cha…

‘The Cabin in the Woods’

There is a distinct pleasure that comes from witnessing something for the first time – from not knowing what comes next. It is for this reas…

‘The Grey’

Liam Neeson’s latest outing as an action star, “The Grey,” sets itself up to deliver a very traditional ending. It then proceeds to deliver …

‘War Horse’

I am not sure what the limit is for the amount of personal interest one is willing to invest in a story about a horse, but I feel two and on…


A bare bones description of “Drive” is misleading. Yes, the film is about a getaway driver whose life is threatened by gangsters after a dea…


“Moneyball” is not a movie about baseball. Little screen time is devoted to the players and their on-field exploits. In fact, the film’s one…

‘30 Minutes or Less’

There are certain comedies that find gratuitous vulgarity, in and of itself, to be hilarious. These films shy away from any thoughtful comed…

‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’

There is nothing inherently wrong with a predictable movie. Predictability has its virtues, after all. Patterns emerge because people like t…
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