Movie review: A ground-floor view in “Saving Mr. Banks”

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks."

By Sarah Cooperman, E Pluribus Unum Like most young girls growing up in America (or for that matter, anywhere in the Western World), I thrilled to the adventures of women in the world of Disney.  While the heroines were not always all that heroic, it was difficult to resist the temptation of imagining yourself a […]

Movie review: “Catching Fire”

Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Lawrence in "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

By Sarah Cooperman E Pluribus Unum For too many years, the narrow portfolio of female action heroes was limited to stars like Angelina Jolie, who had to fight in tight tank tops and short-short-shorts. While Jolie is not a bad actress, she was often cast in roles in which her spectacular, uh, assets were best […]

Movie review: “Delivery Man”

Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt in "Delivery Man."

By Sarah Cooperman E Pluribus Unum You have to love Vince Vaughn.  He’s everyone’s favorite well-meaning slacker. Smarter than he looks, his characters half-fast it through some of the most pleasing comedies of a generation: “Swingers,” “Dodgeball,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Internship” and now “Delivery Man.” Of course, he always comes out on top, his genuine […]

Movie review: “The Book Thief”

Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief."

By Sarah Cooperman/E Pluribus Unum Just before the deluge of “holiday blockbusters” composed of dumb sequels and kid’s books, comes a trickle of intelligent, thoughtful movies that will no doubt get squashed at the box office. “The Book Thief” is one such film. Adapted from the novel by Markus Zusak, it tells the story of […]

Movie review: “Last Vegas” improves with age

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  By Sarah Cooperman E Pluribus Unum   There’s a scene in “Last Vegas” where a sixty-something Michael Douglas, speaking at a funeral, looks at the dead guy and says “See you in 30 years.” If we’re lucky, that is. It’s hard not to see this movie aimed at aging baby boomers and not think […]