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December 26, 2013

CALLERI: Are you going to the movies this holiday season? Here are six new choices


Night & Day — “Her” runs two hours, but I didn’t think there was enough story for that length. I was bored after an hour. The film never really soars. It just sort of exists, floating as it does in some fantastical vortex that’s part dreamscape and part absurdist invention.

There are moments when Jonze seemed to have forgotten that he was working in a visual medium. In one instance, the image fades to black for more than half a minute. We’re supposed to be eavesdropping on a sex scene between Theodore and the OS “voice.” The gimmick fails to enlighten us or enrich the unsatisfying movie.

Former Calvin Klein model and white rapper Mark Wahlberg considers himself an action star. More power to him, but if “Lone Survivor” is his idea of action, then it may be time for a new career move.

His latest attempt to out-macho so many other movie males is about a real-life failed mission in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 19 American servicemen in 2005. Drawn from a book by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson, the film compresses time and details to the detriment of what really happened. Luttrell was on the raid against enemy fighters that went tragically wrong, and he was the only survivor.

The result is a blood-soaked, furiously fast motion picture that never gives the audience time to empathize with the Navy SEALS that were killed. Writer-director Peter Berg trades depth for violence. Wahlberg is one of an astonishing 29 producers, co-producers, or executive producers, and he’s given himself all the good material. He plays Luttrell, but he doesn’t have the ability needed to make his acting believable. In addition to Wahlberg, you’ll also see Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Jerry Ferrara, and Taylor Kitsch.

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