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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wes Anderson is perhaps best known to both his ardent fans and hateful detractors for using each of his films to create little shoebox-diorama worlds in which his characters, speaking in cadences now as familiar as those of Hal Hartley’s, deal with class issues and any number of Anderson’s other narrative preoccupations. Sometimes this is […]

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The Single Moms Club

The Single Moms Club

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Single Moms Club is a female bonding movie where five single mothers who have children at the same private prep school find themselves working together on a school event. Nia Long plays May; Wendi McClendon-Covey plays Jan; Amy Smart plays Hillary, Cocoa Brown plays Lytia and Zulay Henao plays Esperanza. While watching this film, I immediately […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson is the working man’s action star.  When Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger kills a man, the weapon they use – gun, knife, steel pipe – is an extension of their bulging muscles.  Neeson’s body count is the result of craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Like a carpenter building his own house, only […]

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The complicated significance of blood connections is compellingly presented in director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest effort Like Father, Like Son. The film follows Ryota (played by Fukuyama Masaharu), a successful businessman whose constant striving for excellence dominates every motivation of his life, particularly in his household where the academic expectations for his son Keita have grown […]

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba gives an awarding- deserving and winning performance as the late Nelson Mandela. Directed by Jason Chadwick, this movie is fantastic, in that even though I knew much of the history about Mandela, his African National Congress involvement and ensuing arrest and imprisonment for nearly […]

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Don’t mature, Ron Burgundy’ Could there be a more fearful venture for Anchorman devotees than believing lightning could strike twice? Before enduring the 119 minute sequel, I remembered to check the releases for the 2004 original. Bill Maher’s pithy review of 2012′s The Three Stooges presents the fear most Anchorman fans should consider: “The movie was funny, but why […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel Ejiofor […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Wolf in Wolves’ Clothing’ The Wolf of Wall Street is being marketed as a black comedy. Fine, but this label (usually) denigrates any serious implications of important matters discussed. Watching the 179 minutes of Martin Scorsese’s new entertainment (a short three hours) finds audience members, regretfully, guffawing so loud they miss the purpose of the […]

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Homefront

Homefront

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

“‘One Man’s Courage’” It’s exciting to see an actor physically adapt for a role. Contemporary examples point to Christian Bale in Hunger and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. In Dallas Buyers Club, smooth tongued Matthew McConaughey slims (way) down to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Watching the skin-and-bones performance, one begins to question the sincerity of the portrayal; is […]

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