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Review: Potential Ridden Revenge Outing 'Sweetwater' Doesn't Quench Thirst

October 7th, 2013 10:15am EDT
Sweetwater
The only thing more frustrating then a film without memorable moments is one that has them yet fails anyway.  There’s nothing sadder then seeing the potential of a skilled filmmaker at work and never really seeing the sum of all the parts.  The new western revenge tale titled "Sweetwater" is a classic example of the above – a film rich in great characters, skilled visuals and plenty of gunplay that goes nowhere.

Sarah and Miguel are a couple who have just bought new land and are trying to build a life together.  But with fanatical religious leader Prophet Josiah nearby things start to run ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Man On A Ledge'

June 4th, 2012 11:22am EDT
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What could be so wrong that one would want to end it all in a single jump? And could you really go through with it if Elizabeth Banks was your negotiator? We’re checking in with the new flick "Man on a Ledge," now out on Blu-ray from Summit Entertainment. Don't look down – except to read my review!

Title: "Man on a Ledge"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris

Director: Asger Leth

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 102 minutes

Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment

Website: www.summit-ent.com

The Flick: "Man on a Ledge" is actually a very simple tit...
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Julianne Moore Is A Scary (But Great) Sarah Palin In 'Game Change' Trailer

February 1st, 2012 11:45am EST
Game Change
Told through the eyes of John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson), the man who most championed Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) during the 2008 presidential election, "Game Change" revisits a defining moment in U.S. politics.

The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at McCain's bid for office, from the selection of the Alaska Governor as his vice presidential running mate to their defeat in the general election.

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Two Jews' Review 'Man On A Ledge' And Both Say 'Jump Off' (Video)

January 26th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Man On A Ledge
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: A former NYPD officer, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) escapes from Sing-Sing. His next stop is the famed Roosevelt Hotel on 45th and Madison in the heart of New York City. Nick checks in, making sure his room is on one of the highest floors.

Nick orders a lobster and a bottle of champagne. He eats, drinks a glass of the bubbly, wipes off his fingerprints, writes a short note, takes a few deep breaths and then steps outside onto a ledge, a ledge that is 225 feet above The Big Apple.

It doesn't take long before the whole city notices would ...
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Q&A: 'Flying Lessons' Director Derek Magyar

December 2nd, 2011 11:15am EST
Derek Magyar
Many actors aspire to direct; great directors like Ron Howard and Jon Favreau were actors first. That's the same career path that Derek Magyar is on. Still a working actor, he directed and produced the film Flying Lessons, which arrives in select theaters today.

The film has an intriguing cast - near-legend Hal Holbrook, Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes (Glory, The Princess Bride, The X-Files), and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) at the top - that brings to life the story of Sophie (Grace)'s return home to the messy relationships of her past. As she tries to put the pieces ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2,' 'Winnie The Pooh' & More

July 11th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Harry Potter
Last week I took a break from the theater while I was on vacation, so I didn’t catch anything new. However I did watch the Nick Cassavetes crime drama “Alpha Dog.”

“Alpha Dog” squanders a talented cast of young actors including Anton Yelchin, Justin Timberlake, Emile Hirsch, Olivia Wilde, and Ben Foster with poorly developed character relationships and atrociously written dialogue.

Cassavetes throws in lots of curses to make the young punks seem like hard asses, but instead it makes them seem like ridiculous caricatures of the supposed real life people they’re based on. The only believ...
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'The Firm' Makes Its Debut On Blu-ray May 29

May 28th, 2011 7:21am EDT
The Firm
In "The Firm," based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South.

Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost to...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Way Back'

April 20th, 2011 11:00am EDT
No Way Back photo
Weir is the word for Blu-ray! (Think "Master and Commander" – in high def!) We’re taking a look at the new "The Way Back" (hitting home video on April 19) by acclaimed drama director Peter Weir.

Title: "The Way Back"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell

Director: Peter Weir

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 133 minutes

Release Company: Image Entertainment

Website: www.image-entertainment.com

The Flick: More often then not, I’m a big Peter Weir fan. The filmmaker behind "The Truman Show," "Dead Poets Society" and "Master and Commander" unquest...
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Check Out 'The Way Back' On Blu-ray & DVD

April 20th, 2011 7:43am EDT
The Way Back
A small band of multicultural convicts stages a daring escape from a World War II-era Siberian gulag, and embarks on a treacherous journey across five countries in a desperate race for freedom and survival in "The Way Back."

Inspired by an incredible true story, the film begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don't know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its mos...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Company Men,' 'No Strings Attached,' & 'The Way Back'

January 17th, 2011 9:35am EST
Company Men
Keeping with my plan from last week, I had the chance to see another film this week from 2010 receiving Oscar buzz: “The Kids Are All Right.” Honestly I was surprised that the movie has received such high acclaim, because it failed to hook me.

“The Kids Are All Right,” tells the story of an alternative family with lesbian parents named Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore). Their children Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) become curious about their biological father, so they contact the fertility company their mothers used to find their sperm donor. They find...
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Eight World War II Movies To Watch Before 'Inglourious Basterds'

August 18th, 2009 10:40am EDT
The Thin Red Line
With the release of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Friday, we're excited about what this often-perverse, slightly deranged and mostly genius mind will do with a movie about World War 2's Nazi-occupied France.

Looking back at the movies that Hollywood tackled on the same subject, most have been re-creations of bloody battles or stories of specific personalities involved, but very few ever added the comic punch that Tarantino's flick will surely carry out.

In anticipation of the film, here is a list of World War II films to watch before the release of "Inglorious Basterds" o...
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Spotlight On Taraji P. Henson

July 30th, 2009 10:01am EDT
Taraji P. Henson
A star was born in Southeast Washington, D.C. on September 11, 1970 and her name is Taraji Penda Henson, otherwise known as Taraji P. Henson. The first name Taraji means "hope" and the middle name Penda means "love," both being of Swahili origin.

No one can argue against the fact that this 38 year old single mother, with one teenage son, has certainly paid her dues to get to her current level of success. Henson is a graduate of Howard University where she transferred to, earning a degree in Theater Arts. To put herself through college she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon and wait...
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Slideshow: Celebrity Inaugural Ball Attendees

January 21st, 2009 9:18am EST
Mariah Carey
A bunch of stars attended and performed at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Check out who appeared in this photo slideshow:

Adam Levine

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Alicia Keys

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Ashley Judd

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Ed Harris

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Faith Hill

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The 2008 Movie Quiz

January 1st, 2009 1:00pm EST
Dark Knight
That was the year that was! A year of babies, blockbusters, Bond and Batman - but were you paying attention?

As the Tinseltown gossip merry-go-round prepares for its final spin of 2008, we thought we'd offer you a Christmas feast of posers from the year's big stars, films and events.

So, prop up a plastic palm tree, tell granny to take a break from the Botox and get ready for a little light-hearted befuddlement.

Eyes down...

1. What are the names of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twin babies?

a. Emme and Max

b. Vivienne and Knox

c. Maddox and Shiloh

d. Bill an...
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Comic-To-Film Dream Casts: Miley Cyrus As Spider-Girl & More

January 14th, 2008 10:17am EST
Miley Cyrus
Comic book movies have steadily crept into mainstream media, and with the addition of some extremely popular fantasy-based television shows like "Lost" and "Heroes," the strange and unfamiliar are becoming more widely accepted.

I've been a long-time fan of comics, mini-series and graphic novels, and seeing some of my favorite characters live on the big screen can be both exhilarating and horrifying. It is just a matter of time before most of them are made into movies, and because of this I put forth a modest proposal for a few dream casting and origin/first movie plot choices. In some...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jon Stewart
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967; d. 2007), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2006 3:00am EST
Anna Nicole Smith
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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'Empire Falls,' 'Boston Legal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Lead SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:58am EST
Boston Legal
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. In the television categories, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls garnered four nominations, including one for Paul Newman and one for Ed Harris. Boston Legal is tied with Grey's Anatomy, both of which lead with three nominations.

The television nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick

Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2005 3:00am EST
Anna Nicole Smith
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (1929), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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