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Disk spotlight - Unfinished Song

One of the (thus far) four superb 2013 romantic dramas geared toward the AARP demographic, “Unfinished Song” (known globally as “Song For Marion”) mixes “young@heart” with “Glee” and something far better than your typical disease-of-the-week tear-jerker.

Movie trivia contest - Sept. 27, 2013

So, you think you’re good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

MOVIE REVIEW: Reich brings marked liberal bias to ‘Inequality For All’

A graduate of both Yale and Dartmouth, a Rhodes Scholar and author of 14 best-selling books, Robert Reich — whether you agree with his politics or not — can rightfully be referred to as a well-respected economist. After serving in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Labor, Reich became and remains a fixture on both the late night and Sunday morning political talk show circuits and when not a TV talking head he teaches classes on economics at Cal Berkeley.

MOVIE REVIEW: Gandolfini shines as romantic lead in ‘Enough Said’

The year that produced the worst roster of summer popcorn fare in decades also produced four superb romance movies geared towards the over-40 demographic that are the antithesis of formulaic, bloated, mainstream extravaganzas. First was “Love is All You Need” then “Unfinished Song” followed by “Still Mine” and now — the best of the bunch — “Enough Said.”

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Pain & Gain'

This week, movie critic Michael Clark spotlights “Pain & Gain” on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- July 12

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Admission'

Michael Clark spotlights "Admission" on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- June 28

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Movie trivia contest - June 21

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Stoker'

Michael Clark spotlights "Stoker" on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- June 14

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

This week, Michael Clark spotlights Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful."

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Man of Steel’ follows in a long line of subpar Superman movies

Overcompensating to the nth degree, director Zack Snyder loses all sense of restraint and turns everything over to his CGI effects team for this movie.

Movie trivia contest -- May 17

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Citizen Hearst'

Michael Clark spotlights Liongate's "Citizen Hearst."

Movie trivia contest - May 10

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Movie trivia contest -- April 26

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Movie trivia contest - April 19

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Naked Lunch' The Criterion Collection

Michael Clark spotlights "Naked Lunch," The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jackie Robinson biopic '42' wastes potential

It is ham-handed, oversimplified and feels crafted for an audience that has never seen a baseball game or heard of Jackie Robinson.

Movie trivia contest -- April 12

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Spring Breakers'

The film tackles a number of perennial touchy issues and does so without ever getting close to passing any kind of (pro or con) moral judgment.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Admission'

Adapting the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, screenwriter Karen Croner tries maybe a little too much to channel Tina Fey by turning what should be straight drama into farce comedy.

Movie Trivia Contest - March 15

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Life of Pi'

Michael Clark spotlights "Life of Pi" on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Stoker' will appeal to fans of Hitchcock and Kubrick

"Stoker" will appeal to dedicated fans of both Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick or anything fond of creepy-crawly cinema.

Movie trivia contest -- March 8

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MOVIE REVIEW: Disney pulls off difficult feat with wonderful return to Oz

One of the many joys of this new rendition is watching it unfold in a manner that has been wired to our collective psyche since childhood without directly parroting the source.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Schindler's List'

Michael Clark spotlights "Schindler's List" 20th Anniversary Limited Edition on Blu-ray Disc.

Movie Trivia — March 1

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Escape Fire the Fight to Rescue American Healthcare'

Michael Clark spotlights "Escape Fire the Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" this week.

MOVIE TRIVIA for Feb. 15

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Skyfall'

Michael Clark spotlights "Skyfall" on Blu-ray disc.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Peter Pan'

Michael Clark spotlights "Peter Pan," the Diamond Edition on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- Feb. 8

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Seven Psychopaths'

Michael Clark spotlights "Seven Psychopaths" on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- Jan. 25

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Men Who Built America'

Michael Clark reviewed The History Channel's "The Men Who Built America" on Blu-ray disc.

The Battle of Awards: The Golden Globes vs. the Oscars

Movie critic Michael Clark weighs the pros and cons of both award ceremonies.

Movie trivia contest -- Jan. 4

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Movie trivia contest: Dec. 28

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Ted'

Michael Clark spotlights "Ted" on Blu-ray disc.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Michael Clark spotlights "Lawrence of Arabia" on Blu-ray disc.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Sunset Boulevard'

Michael Clark spotlights "Sunset Boulevard."

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 9

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Skyfall' one of the best new Bond films, but falls short of great

It's by far the best effort in the now three-film Daniel Craig era and the most engaging effort since "GoldenEye" from way back in 1995.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Michael Clark spotlights "Safety Not Guaranteed" Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- Nov. 2

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox both fall flat in new 'Alex Cross'

"Alex Cross" is both an origin story and reboot of the decade-old two film franchise based on the hugely popular James Patterson novels.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Michael Clark spotlights "Moonrise Kingdom" on Blu-ray disc.

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