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By BOB GARVER / Special to The Herald-Mail | September 8, 2010
It's not unusual to compare a feature film to its trailer. It's the best way to get a feel for the look and style of the film, sometimes for months at a time. Trailers are created by professional editors, who usually make the film look better than it is. Sometimes they do this by giving away the best parts of the movie for free, sometimes they do this by throwing together scenes with several different characters and settings to make it look like the film is fast-paced and a lot happens.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
A documentary about the women who worked in factories to keep Americans supplied during World War II is to be previewed Friday (June 10) at the Erma O. Byrd Center at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. A reception is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the film is to be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for the public to see an early cut of "We Pull Together: Rosie the Riveters, Then and Now," before its premiere in Charleston, W.Va., on June 28. Supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, the film commemorates the work of "Rosie the Riveters" and preserves the memories of many of the Rosies who are still around.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | April 15, 2013
Too many weeks ago, I proclaimed "Jack the Giant Slayer" to be the first half-decent movie of 2013. Now along comes "42," and I am proclaiming it to be the first really good movie of 2013. It should not have taken us more than three months to get the first really good movie of 2013 (even with my understanding that the post-holiday season is a dumping ground for the studios' garbage releases), but that shouldn't diminish the achievements of "42" as an admirable sports film. The film tells the story of pioneering black baseball player Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman)
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 25, 2011
Koran Dunbar wasn't much of a basketball player. Growing up in Greencastle, Pa., he would sit on the sidelines joking with his friend Waylon K. Smith. "We bonded on the benches," Smith said. Though the two never became famous for tearing up the court, their banter helped them realize they had considerable aptitudes elsewhere. Namely, in the arts. "We were two very artistic children who didn't have a place to vent out our talents and our hearts," Dunbar said. The two played off of one another's ideas and humor.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 13, 2011
Many early reviews have likened "Super 8" to "E.T.," Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic from 1982. I suppose the comparison is inevitable. Both films star children, both films feature aliens, and Steven Spielberg is an executive producer of "Super 8. "   I feel the film has more in common with "Battle: Los Angeles," the alien invasion bomb from earlier this year. Both films were marketed with cryptic teaser trailers, the aliens in both films are devoid of any personality, and I'm not about to waste my time on either film again.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to the herald-Mail | January 7, 2013
It's funny how beloved Quentin Tarantino is as a director despite the shortness of his filmography. Ignoring his work with television and contributions to anthology films (I'm willing to forget his awful segment of "Grindhouse" if you are), the man has only seven feature credits to his name, including his newest, "Django Unchained. " Yet I and many others consider Tarantino a genius because this oh-so-short filmography includes films like "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
ENTERTAINMENT
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 4, 2012
"Life of Pi" is the best film of the 2012 Thanksgiving season. The film is expertly crafted by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, it features an amazing debut performance from actor Suraj Sharma, it has perhaps the most beautiful water and aquatic life ever depicted on film, and there's a big Bengal tiger just waiting for you to show it love. Despite all of these attributes, the film has failed to climb higher than fifth place at the box office for the past two weekends. Fifth place over a lucrative holiday weekend is not exactly a shameful performance, but I would like to see it do better.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 18, 2013
This past weekend saw an upset at the box office as "The Call" became the weekend's most successful new release, beating out the star-studded but formulaic magic comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. "  Maybe it was just my relief at not having to review that bomb, or maybe it was the excitement of rushing out to a movie after midnight Saturday, but I found "The Call" to be surprisingly endearing.  The same thing happened with "Chronicle" last year, and while "The Call" isn't worthy of the near-rave review I gave "Chronicle," I was at least glad to have gone out of my way to see it. Halle Berry stars as Jordan, a 911 operator who is traumatized in film's opening moments when she mishandles a call about a home invasion that leads to a girl's death.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
When I see horror movies in a theater, one of my favorite moments is when everybody screams and then everybody laughs. Usually they're laughing at each other for screaming, and, of course, sometimes they're laughing at themselves for the same reason.  This happened at several points during “The Conjuring,” and to be fair the scream/laughs are just as fun here as with any other movie. But the problem was that most of the time I didn't scream. I didn't gasp. My eyes didn't bulge.
NEWS
By BOB GARVER | August 10, 2010
We get three hilarious teams in "The Other Guys" - two on-screen, the other off. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson play a pair of hotshot cops who steal about three minutes of screen time, but are eliminated quickly. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play a pair of cops who make up the rest of the movie. They have terrific chemistry and there's nothing wrong with them. But the best team in the movie is the fourth pairing of Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay. McKay has directed Ferrell in all his best films - "Anchorman" (2004)
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By Bob Garver | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 26, 2013
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” gets off on the wrong foot with its terrible title. It's bad enough when sequels have that annoying colon, but “The Mortal Instruments” is not yet a series, so there's no need for this film to differentiate itself from other films. It would be like presumptively putting a “1” at the end of the title; it might make sense down the line if the film spawns sequels, but we don't know that yet. What if this film bombs and they don't make any sequels?
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LIFESTYLE
By TERESA DUNHAM CAVAGNARO | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 8, 2013
A documentary film with local ties brought home a prestigious Emmy Award earlier this summer. The film, “Maryland's Heart of the Civil War,” earned its Emmy recognition from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in mid-June in Baltimore. The historical documentary explores the Civil War's impact on the landscape and personal lives of Marylanders in the area that is being called the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area - which includes Washington, Frederick, and Carroll counties - by combining scenic shots and re-enactments with compelling commentaries from respected historians.
LIFESTYLE
By Bob Garver | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 5, 2013
At the end of their first weekend, new releases “The Smurfs 2” and “2 Guns” were practically tied at around the $27.5 million mark at the box office.  “Smurfs 2” must have sold more tickets because much of its audience was children who got in for a reduced rate and therefore had to come out in larger numbers for the film to equal its R-rated rival.  On the other hand, “Smurfs 2” (which opened July 31) had a two-day head start on “2 Guns,” which means that the latter had a much larger day-to-day average and made money more quickly.
LIFESTYLE
July 29, 2013
It has been four years since Hugh Jackman's Wolverine got to carry a movie in the pile of cinematic garbage that was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”  The entire “X-Men” franchise would be a joke right now if it hadn't creatively rebounded with the (mostly) Wolverine-free “X-Men: First Class” two years ago. I have to question the wisdom in letting him stand alone again, but then again there's no denying that he's the face of the franchise. Many critics argue that he shouldn't be, favoring other mutants with “better” powers, but it's a harsh fact that we're expected to find him terribly interesting.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
Wilson College will host its inaugural Horror Film Festival Friday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 3. The festival plans to show 24 hours of independent horror films and hold a horror convention. Tickets are on sale; weekend passes are $40. The event is free to Wilson students. Film submissions are now being accepted. Submission guidelines are at www.wilsonfilmfest.com , or call 717-262-2003.  
NEWS
July 22, 2013
When I see horror movies in a theater, one of my favorite moments is when everybody screams and then everybody laughs. Usually they're laughing at each other for screaming, and, of course, sometimes they're laughing at themselves for the same reason.  This happened at several points during “The Conjuring,” and to be fair the scream/laughs are just as fun here as with any other movie. But the problem was that most of the time I didn't scream. I didn't gasp. My eyes didn't bulge.
LIFESTYLE
By Bob Garver | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 15, 2013
There's a very specific age range where one can find Adam Sandler funny. He's too dirty for very young kids (unless he's blatantly doing a kids' movie), but it doesn't take a lot of maturity to know that you've outgrown him. Let's say his target demographic is preteens. That's how old I was when I laughed my way through “The Waterboy,” “Billy Madison” -   and the movie I've seen more times than any other in my life, “Happy Gilmore.” I haven't seen any of these Sandler “classics” in a while, partly because I have plenty of new films to see and partly because I'm afraid I wouldn't find them funny anymore.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 8, 2013
I wasn't the biggest fan of 2010's “Despicable Me.” It was this film that inspired me to begin using the term “junk food” to describe many kids' movies. By this, I mean that the film was a collection of dumb (usually annoying) humor that was likely to entertain kids, but wouldn't enrich them in any way. The humor in “Despicable Me 2” is about as useless, but at least this time around it seems sharper, with almost all of the new ideas succeeding even if there's too much reliance on the old ones.  The new movie sees reformed supervillain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell)
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2013
There is no law set in stone that says a film has to last for several hours. In fact, long before Hollywood embraced marathon blockbusters like “Gone with the Wind,” cinema consisted solely of short films, with stars such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin delivering memorable performances on just one reel. Now, everything old is new again and the short film is back in vogue. But for filmmakers, the opportunities to share those stories are often few and far between.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
When Wesley Mellott and Andrew Glessner talk about how small their production crew was for their first movie, “Blind Circumstances,” the pair isn't kidding.    “Most of the time there was me and one other person and maybe another person, and that was it,” said Mellott, 23, of Needmore, Pa. “We had me running the camera, the actor in front of me and the guy recording the sound and that was basically it.”   And as 26-year-old...
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