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 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 5, 2015 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold

Time for rebirth and rejuvenation with another trip to Jaipur, India to visit with "The Dames"(Judi and Maggie, collectively, as they are referred to by screenwriter Ol Parker) and company, all of...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 5, 2015 

MOVIE REVIEW: McFarland, USA

No one brings inspirational real life stories to film like Disney, especially when those stories center around sports. Be it horses, baseball, football or any other sport, you know you will be moved,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 5, 2015 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Wedding Ringer

Ringing my bell with laughter is THE WEDDING RINGER. Directed by Jeremy Garelick and co-written by Garelick and Jay Lavender, THE WEDDING RINGER goes into what is, in many respects, virginal best man...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    February 26, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Post-Oscar Weekend Double Feature

Hot off Oscar-weekend, this week brings a fresh crop of films to tickle your film fancy. David Cronenberg and screenwriter Bruce Wagner collaborate to bring us the delicious (albeit polarizing) "Maps...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    February 26, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: KINGSMAN: Kingsman:The Secret Service

Let's just start by saying, Colin is King! We have always known that Colin Firth is the perfect romantic leading man, the perfect "Single Man", a man among men who can tug at the heartstrings and make...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    February 26, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Paddington

I have never known the world without Paddington Bear. Born into the literary world around the same time as myself in 1958, Michael Bond's "A Bear Called Paddington" has been a mainstay of not only my...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    February 5, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Strange Magic

STRANGE MUSIC is music to my heart! Think an animated "Moulin Rouge!" that embraces the George Lucas ideals of dark & light, finding beauty and love in the darkest places, experiencing incredible...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 29, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: WILD CARD

Anyone who knows me or who has read any of my reviews or interviews over the past few decades knows of my admiration and affection for action films, stunt work, Jason Statham and director Simon West....

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 29, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: STRANGE MAGIC

STRANGE MUSIC is music to my heart! Think an animated "Moulin Rouge!" that embraces the George Lucas ideals of dark & light, finding beauty and love in the darkest places, experiencing incredible...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 29, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: SUPREMACY

Based on a true story, with a script by Eric J. Adams, director Deon Taylor explores the dividing lines of race, family and the hate that fuels those lines with an intensity that at times is almost...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 22, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I was one of the lucky few press who, several months ago, was treated to some early clips of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB. My appetite for more was quickly whetted on seeing just brief...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 22, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Little Accidents

Although in limited release, an indie gem that requires mention, and your attention, is LITTLE ACCIDENTS. Written and directed by Sara Colangelo, LITTLE ACCIDENTS is a very profound and...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 15, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Big Hero 6

With BIG HERO 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios once again proves why they are heroes to generations and legions of fans the world over. Tapping into the recesses of the Marvel vaults, directors Don Ha...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 15, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1

The game is afoot with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1, but it's no longer being played as a game within the confines of an electronically controlled and domed "arena". With the release of Katniss...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 8, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: The World Made Straight

A thoughtful film that places the past and its lingering effects on the present as told through feuding Appalachian families who can't or don't want to move forward in a 1970's backwoods North Carolin...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 8, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Exodus: Gods and Kings

The finger of God seems to have descended on Hollywood the past few years with a resurgence in the spectacle of the Old Testament and teaching of the New, on both the big and small screens. Perhaps a...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 1, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Big Eyes

Delving into somewhat rare territory with bringing a true life story and real life individuals to the big screen (the last time being "Ed Wood"), one of whom is very much alive and very much a part...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 1, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Into The Woods

Fans of the stage musical, and those who have heard of but never seen the wonder that is Stephen Sondheim, are in for a special holiday treat come Christmas Day as all tied up with a big red bow, er,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 4, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Penguins of Madagascar

As has become crystal clear over the past several years, DreamWorks Animation more than gives Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar a run for their money when it comes to animated features. With...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 13, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

So what happens when you take a beloved 32 page book published in 1972 about a boy named Alexander who is obsessed with all things Down Under and bring it into modern day and expand those 32 pages...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 6, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Dracula Untold

Passionately fascinated with all things vampyric and particularly the historical facts and myth about Prince Vlad of Wallachia, House of Draculesti aka Vlad the Impaler, needless to say I have been...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 6, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Boxtrolls

Those magnificent artisans of Laika are back with their latest production, THE BOXTROLLS. Taking a sliver from the beloved book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow, Laika CEO and lead animator Travis Kni...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    October 30, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: After

A classically styled drama from writer Sabrina Gennarino and director Pieter Gaspersz, AFTER is thoughtfully absorbing and beautifully acted, focusing not only on the dynamics of "family" but the...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    October 30, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Horns

Some guys just have a thing for snakes and it seems that our favorite parseltongue speaking Daniel Radcliffe is no different. In his new film, the devilishly delicious HORNS from director Alexandre...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    October 30, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Stoneheart Asylum

Madness and mayhem are the watchwords of the day when it comes to STONEHEARST ASYLUM. Directed by Brad Anderson from a script by Joe Gangemi based on the 1844 story "The System of Doctor Tarr and...

 

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