Movie Reviews

Review: Single Bad Casting Stops 'Poker Night' From Achieving Five-Star Status

December 23rd, 2014 12:20pm EST
Review: Single Bad Casting Stops 'Poker Night' From Achieving Fi
Bridging the gap between genres is a tough job for any filmmaker newbie or seasoned pro and it takes a careful hand to pull it off. But to also infuse intelligence and style to boot is a rare feat and in the case of the new slasher flick / detective story outing titled
"Poker Night" it’s a seamless and captivating blend of all of the above. Though much like it’s careful and thoughtful lead detective, filmmaker to watch Greg Francis makes one slight mistake that just stops his amazing film from achieving five-star status – more on that later.

Young Jeter is a rookie cop who has been pr...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Clockwork Orange'

December 19th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Clockwork Orange'
We’re keeping in tune with awards season, but with a slight twist this week. With Sony’s unfortunate move pulling the new comedy "The Interview" from theatrical release due to hacker threats it felt like time to take a stand. So controversy is the pick of the day…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick. The selection this week is a film certainly no stranger to harsh criticism. It was a daring blend of visceral violence, lush visuals, captivating performances and the use of classical music in ways no one had ever seen before. Most of you know this one, but after the sad state of events this ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Do The Right Thing'

December 12th, 2014 12:30pm EST
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SAG Awards, Golden Globes – the award nominated dramatic hits just keep on coming. So do they here as we look back at a film that tried to fight the power and change minds to boot – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection is a funny, poignant, dramatic and still relevant today pot boiler that announced a unique voice on the cinematic scene. Combining humor with a serious issue like race and injecting it with a scorching style that matched the films’ hot setting and rising tensions, this was one film that anyone who saw would never forget. For all those who haven’t, it’s tim...
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Reviews: 'The Captive' / 'After The Fall'

December 11th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Movie Reviews: 'The Captive' / 'After The Fall'
Times are definitely tough out there and to provide some cinematic perspective we’re checking out two new flicks that deal with loss, tragedy and doing what it takes to protect ones family. We’re talking the new films "The Captive" and "After The Fall" – reviews are below!

Title: "The Captive"

Stars: 3 1/2

Genre: Drama / Thriller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast

Director: Atom Egoyan

Rating: R

Running Time: 112 Minutes

Release Company: A24

Website: www.thecaptivemovie.com

When I heard that master craftsman Atom Egoyan was booed at Cannes for this new outing, I w...
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'Kiki's Delivery Service' -- Add This One To Your Blu-ray Collection!

December 7th, 2014 12:34pm EST
Kiki's Delivery Service
Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki's magical masterpiece "Kiki's Delivery Service," his fifth animated feature, has finally made its way onto Blu-ray, and the film is nothing short of spectacular.

This fantastic coming-of-age tale of teenage witch-in-training Kiki (Kirsten Dunst) who leaves home with her cat Jiji (the late, great Phil Hartman) in order to find her own home and master her skills is nothing less than pure magic in the hi-def format.

Kiki's story, which chronicles her experiences with life on her own -- meeting several kind people, getting past a few minor mishaps...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Crying Game'

December 5th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Crying Game'
Those Academy Award seeking masters the Weinstein Brothers seemed to be poised to pounce on the gold guy once again spearheading the 2014 flick "The Imitation Game." But way back in 1992 the charismatic brothers were pushing and touting another film that had a big secret to keep – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s Oscar worthy drama is a tale of action, lust, suspense with a loving dose of the unknown. For those who know everything there is to know (and especially for those who don’t!) it’s time for…"The Crying Game."

Foot soldier Fergus is a member of the militant IRA. ...
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Reviews: 'Late Phases' / 'Pioneer'

December 5th, 2014 11:15am EST
Reviews: 'Late Phases' / 'Pioneer'
There are always dangers both above and below the earth’s surface. Thus our cinematic dynamic duo we’re checking out this week including the on land wolfen thriller "Late Phases" and the underwater epic "Pioneer." Check out the skinny below!

Title: "Late Phases"

Stars: 3

Genre: Horror / Thriller

Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest

Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Rating: R

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Release Company: Dark Sky Films

Website: www.darkskyfilms.com

"Late Phases" is a "Bubba Ho-Tep" like take on the whole werewolf genre that has it's share of both ups...
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A Film Father Thanks 'Cinema Paradiso'

December 1st, 2014 12:20pm EST
A Film Father Thanks 'Cinema Paradiso'
Recently as part of the Cinema Italian Style 2014 program presented by the American Cinematheque I was invited to a special screening of the classic five-star 1988 Italian import "Cinema Paradiso" at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles and it was particularly special for a few different reasons. First off the film was recently given a lush 4K restoration and was to be screened as such. Secondly it was a chance to see the movie where it firmly belongs…on the big screen. But it was the third and most important reason that gave the movie fan and film father in me a truly unique opportunity I co...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Grifters'

November 21st, 2014 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Grifters'
We’re keeping the Oscar worthy flicks going this season with a little ditty that may have some of you reaching to see if your wallet is still there – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s stylistic selection features a fantastic script, decadent direction and three killer performances that are all career best. What’s the pitch? We’re talking the lingo of…."The Grifters."

Roy Dillon is a small time con artist who works quick confidence games on unsuspecting folks. His mother Lilly Dillon is also works the angle, but for a bookie betting at the race track to change the odds. ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'

November 14th, 2014 1:30pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'
The season of high caliber dramas and various Oscar contenders is vastly approaching, so we’re gonna focus for the next little while on stunning work from the past that warrants gold statue praise – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s thoughtful and moving drama is a tale of life’s struggles from the personal experience of its first time filmmaker. It goes beyond the stereotypes and misconceptions to show what life is like for folks living in South Central Los Angeles. Bold, brash and brave as hell, we salute the 1991 John Singleton debut outing…"Boyz n the Hood."

Tre Sty...
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