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'Winter's Tale' Review: A Mess Of A Romantic Fantasy That Simply Doesn't Work

February 13th, 2014 2:05pm EST
'Winter's Tale' Review: A Mess Of A Romantic Fantasy That Simply
There are so many things I want to say about this film and unfortunately, none of them are good.

'Winter's Tale' written and directed by Akiva Goldsman ('A Beautiful Mind') is based on the 800 page novel written by Mark Helprin that was published in 1983.

The book is brilliant...The film is NOT.

In fact, 'Winter's Tale' is a mess. This is Goldman's first attempt at directing and he really should stick to writing. The movie stars Colin Farrell who plays master thief, Peter Lake. We first meet him briefly in New York City in 2014.

We then flashback to 1895 where we find Baby Peter being p...
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Review: 'RoboCop' Not Up To The Original, But It Didn't Suck

February 13th, 2014 5:54am EST
Review: 'RoboCop' Not Up To The Original, But It Didn't Suck
The year is 2028 and overseas there's a robot on every block wiping out bad guys. Well, maybe not every block, but these super large killing machines are a major part of law enforcement and this makes OmniCorp, the world's leader in robot technology, very happy.

But that's not enough for the company's head honcho Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton). He wants to bring his Robotic army to the United States. Unfortunately our country isn't very big on the idea.

That however changes when a Detroit cop, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) a loving family man, with a wife Claire (Abbie Cornish) and ...
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'Labor Day' Review: An Erotic, Sensual Love Story And Perfect Date Movie

January 30th, 2014 6:43pm EST
'Labor Day' Review: An Erotic, Sensual Love Story And Perfect Da
Simply put, 'Labor Day' is a beautiful, erotic, love story - that will give you a very strong desire to eat a piece of pie.

'Labor Day' is directed and written by Jason Reitman ('Juno', 'Thank You For Smoking', 'Up In The Air') based on a novel by Joyce Maynard ('To Die For').

The film takes place in the 1980's over the Labor Day weekend, hence the title.

Kate Winslet plays Adele, a very lonely divorcee who lives with her teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith).  This is a woman that wears unhappiness on her face - she rarely goes out and when she does, it's usually to the local market. And...
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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit': An Entertaining Spy Thriller You've Seen Before

January 16th, 2014 10:00pm EST
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'
Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), the character created by novelist Tom Clancy, is back and yes folks, you've seen him before - many, many times. Aka the CIA wonder played by Alec Baldwin (Hunt for Red October). Then there was my favorite Jack Ryan type; Harrison Ford ('Patriot Games' and 'Clear and Present Danger'); followed by my not so favorite, Ben Affleck (The Sum of all Fears).

In 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,'  directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by David Koep along with Adam Cozad, we meet Ryan at the beginning of his career.  

The date is September 11, 2001. Ryan, a student at the London...
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Review: 'Her' Is A Wonderful, Quirky Sci-fi Romantic Fantasy

January 8th, 2014 8:30pm EST
HER
Do you love Apple's 'Siri'? Ever thought about having a relationship with her?

Probably not, but in Spike Jonze new film 'Her' - set in the near future - that's exactly what happens to Theodore Twombly, (Joaquin Phoenix); a lonely shy man going through a painful divorce from his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara).

Theodore works for BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, where he hand writes personal letters for his customers in their own handwriting.

He lives a solitary existence in downtown Los Angeles. One evening, while playing a computer game, Theodore discovers a brand new artificial, intelli...
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'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Review: Martin Scorsese Delivers The Best Film Of 2013

December 23rd, 2013 1:07pm EST
The Wolf of Wall Street
'The Wolf of Wall Street,' directed by Martin Scorsese, is the true story of New York Stockbroker, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) - who in the late 1980's goes from selling penny stocks and IPO's to a life of total corruption.

Jordan found success in his early 20's as the founder of the brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont. It's there, that he got the title, The Wolf of Wall Street.

His life was all about money, power, women, sex and drugs (lots and lots of drugs).

Jordan became so wealthy, that nothing was out of his reach, as long as it had a price tag. But no matter how much money he ...
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'American Hustle' Is The Best Film Of 2013

December 19th, 2013 8:27am EST
American Hustle
From the first second of the first scene, this film had me hooked.  I knew I was in for an incredible ride, and that’s exactly what ‘American Hustle’, directed by David O. Russell (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) is… one fantastic cinematic ride.

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The film, which opens with the disclaimer, ‘Some of this actually happened, takes place in the late 70’s and 80’s and is loos...
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Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'... Unfortunately

December 18th, 2013 1:06pm EST
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
He's back! The 'he' is Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) - the guy that delivers big news and perfect hair.
Seven years have passed since Ron won the heart of his co-anchor and now wife, Veronica Cornigstone (Christina Applegate). The couple, who now have a son, are the top anchors at a local San Diego news station and they couldn't be happier.

But it doesn't take very long for things to change for Ron and his family - when they are called into their boss, Mark Tannen (Harrison Ford) office. Expecting Tannen to announce his retirement, the duo thinks that they will become his replacement.

Well...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Is An Improvement But Runs Too Long

December 13th, 2013 7:36am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
They're back... The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who now has the ring in his possession; the Elves, that can do things with a sword that I've only dreamed of; the super ugly Orcs; the brave dwarves, who just want to go home again; the all wise, all knowing wizard Gandalf; and the fire breathing narcissistic dragon Smaug, (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch).

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' - shot in 3D, directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker. Peter Jackson - is the second part of 'The Hobbit' (BTW: there will be one more next year). 

Don't mean to sound cynical, but personally, I think th...
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Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' Doesn't Need Any Saving - It's Perfect!

December 12th, 2013 8:45pm EST
Saving Mr. Banks
 

How a person feels about a particular film has nothing to do with whether it's good or bad; whether the critics love it or hate it or what your friends say about it. It's your own personal experience that counts. Some films just work for you and others don't. It's the same with art, music, and theatre - no matter how much you argue with someone over the merits of a certain film - it's not going to change the kind of experience you have.

That being said, I absolutely loved every second of 'Saving Mr. Banks' directed by John Lee Hancock ('The Blindside'). From the brilliant performances o...
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