The Wolf of Wall Street – Leonardo DiCaprio offers one of his career best performances as the loathsome Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who enjoys the lavish lifestyle his corrupt business practices provides from gorgeous women, drugs, fast cars and anything else he desires.
Director Martin Scorsese reunites with his star performer in a manic film that seeks to ridicule the excess, gorging pursuit of more and more, but it never makes it seem like the consequences aren’t worth indulging. See it for Leo, not your own peace of mind.
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Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort in “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.”
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is like a hyperactive three-year-old. Sure, for a little while the over-the-top antics and outrageous moments are cute, but after three hours, it becomes exhausting and annoying leaving you simply waiting for it to finally be put to bed. Continue Reading
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Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) relax.
The Great Gatsby – One of the few movies I liked so much that I paid to see it twice. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the mysterious Jay Gatsby who seeks the aid of his next-door-neighbor (Tobey Maguire) in rekindling his romance with an old flame (Carey Mulligan). Baz Luhrmann’s latest effort is mesmerizing and a filled with outstanding performances. Definitely one of my favorites of 2013. Continue Reading
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Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in “Iron Man 3.”
1. Iron Man 3 - $72.1 million [2nd week; $232 million] After having the second highest grossing opening ever, it would have been shocking for this not to retain its top spot.
And while it was closer than anticipated, “IM3″ led the box office for a 2nd consecutive weekend and it went over $800 million worldwide as it gets ever closer to $1 billion. Currently it’s at $949 million. Continue Reading
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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. Continue Reading
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Daisy (Carey Mulligan) catches up with Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).
If you’re out of high school, chances are good you had to read “The Great Gatsby” and if you had a cool English teacher like me, you got to watch the 1974 movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but nothing will prepare you for Baz Luhrmann’s take on the classic novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton. Continue Reading
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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.” Continue Reading
Filled with a “who do you trust?” web of deceit and double-dealing, the perfect balance of action and drama and masterful performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, “Body of Lies” is a compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.
DiCaprio and Crowe originally teamed in “The Quick and the Dead” and this marks Crowe’s reunion with his “Gladiator” director Ridley Scott. Few movies this year have such an impressive pedigree and fortunately it’s not just on paper.
Scott steers the film in a manner you’re never quite sure what’s about to happen next and his talented cast handles the rest. Continue Reading
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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) with his sword, Sting, finds a small ring in Gollum’s cave in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $32.9 million [$222.7 million; 3rd week] Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth saga has now brought in $642 million worldwide and managed to stave off two very strong competitors. Continue Reading
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King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django (Jamie Foxx) in “Django Unchained.”
“Django Unchained” ranges from being brilliant, controversial, chaotic, overly talky, mind-numbingly long and cartoonishly violent. Basically it’s Director/Writer Quentin Tarantino at his best and worse.
When he’s on, Tarantino’s southern western epic about a former slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), partnering with a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is awesome. It’s original, lively and wickedly funny. The script is snappy and shot in that winking to the audience manner that only Tarantino can provide like the scene ripping a lynch-mob with their Ku Klux Klan style masks. But when he’s off — like in the film’s tedious middle act — “Django” is almost begging Tarantino to cut loose and get back to making the over-the-top cinematic experience we’ve come to expect from him. Continue Reading