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Summer 2013 Movie Review Series: “The Heat”

July 2, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

“Starsky and Hutch” on estrogen might be a good way to pitch the new female buddy cop flick from director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”). Add in excessive bad language and off-color jokes and you have another hit for Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”). It’s funny to think that Sandra Bullock might actually […]

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World War Z

June 21, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

If you combine the pharma-apocalyptic “Contagion” with the viscerally kinetic “28 Days Later” you pretty much have “World War Z”, a perfectly decent, global zombie epidemic movie. Add in the star power of Brad Pitt and you have a classic disaster flick where a solo hero risks his own life to save the future of […]

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Summer Movie Review Series: 20 Feet From Stardom

June 15, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

This joyful, ebullient documentary about the women (and a few men) who sing back-up for our favorite artists, happily standing on the sidelines making musical magic, may stand in the shadows of “Man of Steel” opening this Friday, but it deserves equal attention and heaps more praise. “It can be a long walk….” says Bruce […]

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How I Learned to Stop Kvetching and Love Zombie Movies

June 9, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

It seems as if every other week sees the release of yet another zombie flick; this summer alone sees Brad Pitt’s World War Z (June 21st) as well as the smaller scale British Cockneys vs. Zombies (August 2nd). And rumors continue to fly about Zombieland 2, 28 Months Later, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. […]

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The Alternative Summer Movie Guide

June 5, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

Remember when the summer movie onslaught used to begin on July 4thweekend?  Then somewhere along the line, Memorial Day weekend became the unofficial start of the summer cinema pandemonium. And recently, studios have even started slipping out their “biggies” in early May. This year we have already endured “Iron Man 3”, “Fast and Furious 6”, […]

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A Casting Director Reviews Hollywood’s Greatest Mugshots

May 24, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

Professional headshot photographers could soon be out of business in Hollywood. With all the celebrity arrests of late, casting agents need only glance online and take their pick from a line-up of luminaries. And without the added benefit of good lighting and air-brushing, what you see is what you get! Here at Parade, we decided to […]

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5 Movies That Teach You How to Drive

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After many, many years (I’m too embarrassed to say how many) of living and driving in New York with only a European license, I am finally making it legal and taking my New York State driver’s test. In preparation, I have spent hours visualizing myself parallel parking and not killing anyone. More importantly, I watched […]

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Who Are the Most Memorable Movie Mothers?

May 10, 2013 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

Mother’s Day will soon be here and in celebration of mothers everywhere, we here at PARADE decided to run an informal poll to choose the most memorable movie matriarch of all time. There are too many to mention here, so we shortlisted the following finalists into six different categories. It’s up to you to decide […]

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PG rated??

October 2, 2012 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

Ever since I had to remove my screaming, terrified two year old daughter from the G rated “Space Chimps”, I have refrained my taking my kids to the cinema unless I manage to vet the films first.  Even then, we prefer to watch “safe” TV shows and movies at home so as to avoid the […]

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March 25, 2012 by Alison Bailes No Comments divider image

“The Hunger Games” is getting novel amounts of attention….but is anything about this Hollywood blockbuster truly novel? Novel, schnovel!! “The Hunger Games” is hardly original …but who cares??!! It’s great! Writer Suzanne Collins said she was inspired by Greek mythology as well as today’s fascination with reality TV. But let’s also acknowledge some of the […]

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