May 10, 2013
Action/Adventure, Cinema Convo, Drama
24, Jack Bauer, Keifer Sutherland
Fox is considering having a 13 episode season of “24,” excuse me for a moment for me so I can do this:
Now I can start the office pool of who this year’s CTU mole is and get annoyed with Jack Bauer’s superior who wants to question his every move before realizing he’s the only one who knows what he’s talking about.
But whatever they decide, please keep the cougars away from Princess Bauer.
Between this and “Arrested Development’s” return, I’ll actually have a reason to watch TV besides “Game of Thrones” again.
May 10, 2013
Drama, Movie Reviews
Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) entertains Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick (Tobey Maguire) and Tom (Joel Edgerton) in “The Great Gatsby.”
Baz Luhrmann doesn’t so much make films as he does experiences and he’s done it again with “The Great Gatsby,” a luxuriously engaging extravaganza that all but renders another adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic unnecessary. More
May 1, 2013
Cinema Convo, Drama
Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
Photo Credit: AFI
I’m still not used to considering the summer movie season starting in May. Anyhow, one of my most anticipated films this season is the sure to be spectacular Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
The 1974 film with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow didn’t do much for me, but I think Luhrmann is going to make this the definitive version of the story much like he did with his amazing “Romeo + Juliet.” More
April 18, 2013
Drama, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
Collateral, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Mann, Tom Cruise
There’s been a lot of pseudo-suspense thrillers released this year but none are as brilliant as “Collateral,” the latest from film heavyweights Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx and Michael Mann. More
April 12, 2013
Drama, Movie Reviews, Sports
42, Alan Tudyk, Brian Helgeland, Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Jackie Robinson, Lucas Black
D. Stevens/Warner Bros. Pictures
CHADWICK BOSEMAN as Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ drama “42.”
About 40 minutes into “42,” a film based on Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, I wondered if director/screenwriter Brian Helgeland was going to continue playing this extraordinary real-life tale safe and be content giving audiences a Walt Disney type fairy-tale packed with feel-good moments or challenge them by showing the disgusting and vile treatment Robinson faced. More
April 5, 2013
Drama, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
“The Ides of March” is a gripping, political thriller packed with tremendous performances and supremely confident direction by George Clooney.
On the final days of a Democratic presidential primary presidential, a young campaign adviser — Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling, “Drive”) — finds himself in a tangled web of double-dealing, secrets and betrayal.
March 28, 2013
Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry's Temptation, Vanessa Williams
I find few filmmakers as frustrating as Tyler Perry.
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Janice (Vanessa Williams) and Ava (Kim Kardashian).
Ever since 2006 when critics ripped his debut film “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which has a bad, but not bottom of the barrel 26% freshness rating on www.rottentomatoes.com, Perry decided not to screen his films for critics and let them pay to see like everyone else, which is a shame as I would love to tell you about his promising new film “Tyler Perry’s Temptation.” More
March 22, 2013
Comedy, Drama, Movie Reviews
Ashley Benson, Harmony Korine, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers, Vanessa Hudgens
Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) party on in “Spring Breakers.”
You already know if you’re gonna like “Spring Breakers” or find it the kind of vile filth you’ll need several showers to forget … and possibly some therapy.
The trailers tell you everything you need to know. This isn’t a movie that has some hidden depth that will bring you from one side of the money-slanging, booty-banging fence to the other. You’d wish all movies were this honest in that regard. More
March 15, 2013
Drama, Movie Reviews, Thriller
David Otunga, Halle Berry, Morris Chestnut, The Call, WWE Studios
Greg Gayne/Sony Pictures
Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) in TriStar Pictures thriller “THE CALL.”
Under absolutely no circumstances should you answer “The Call.” Hang up, iDivert, ignore whatever you need to do. Just act like the new Halle Berry thriller/drama doesn’t exist.
More frustrating is that sense that somewhere buried in all this wreckage is a decent idea that could have made for a good thriller. Yet now I’m writing this public service announcement masquerading as a movie review to warn you not to ever waste valuable moments of your life even considering watching my favorite to win Worst Movie of the 2013. More
March 8, 2013
Action/Adventure, Drama, Movie Reviews, Thriller
Colin Farrell, Dead Man Down, Dominic Cooper, Leon the Professional, Niels Arden Oplev, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, WWE Studios
“Dead Man Down” is a revenge thriller that aspires to be more than your average revenge thriller and surprisingly succeeds. More