Articles written by Debbie Lynn Elias

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 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 28, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: GREEN ROOM

I always knew "green rooms" could be dangerous places - especially back in the 70's and 80's at the height of metal and then with 90's punk and free-flowing drugs and alcohol, but Jeremy Saulnier...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 21, 2016 

MOVIE REVIEW: ELVIS & NIXON

You've seen the pictures. I've seen the pictures. The whole world has seen the pictures. And "the pictures" remain to this day the most requested images in the National Archives. What pictures, you...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    April 21, 2016 

MOVIE REVIEW: ZOOLANDER No. 2

Time to call out the Fashion Police, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks because while we have some "really, really ridiculously" hilarious voguing going on, ZOOLANDER No. 2 is missing a few...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 21, 2016 

MOVIE REVIEW - Criminal

How can anyone pass up a Kevin Costner film where his character of Jerico Stewart reads like a combination of that in "Mr. Brooks" and "3 Days to Kill"? Then toss in Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Gal...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 14, 2016

Weekend Movie Roundup

Lots of good stuff opening in theatres this week, as well as on a concurrent digital/VOD platform, including the much anticipated Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK. Normally, I would devote full coverage to th...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 14, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - One More Time

Seems appropriate to go from Christopher Walken voicing King Louie to Christopher Walken being, well, Christopher Walken, in the charming comedy ONE MORE TIME. Paul Lombard was a star back in the...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 14, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - The Adderall Diaries

Can't get enough Amber Heard? Then make sure you catch THE ADDERALL DIARIES where she's paired up with none other than James Franco. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky based on the book by Step...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: LONDON HAS FALLEN

I'm betting the original London Bridge, built in 1830 and once spanning the River Thames, is pretty happy it now sits here in the United States in Lake Havasu City, because if still in London, it...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: Demolition

Leave it to Jean-Marc Vallee to deliver yet another emotionally intense and introspective character driven film. Leave it to Jake Gyllenhaal to once again put his chameleonic skill set to use to deliv...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 31, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE: MEET THE BLACKS • THE DARK HORSE

Anyone who seen writer/director Deon Taylor’s freshman film, “Supremacy”, has been awed by the power and strength of the heavy dramatic themes rising from the a racially motivated true story....

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 31, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: THE REVENANT

Stop the presses now with all the awards talk for Leonardo DiCaprio and his performance as 1820's frontier man Hugh Glass in Alejandro Inarritu's THE REVENANT. There are two more notable and...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 24, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW GRAND SLAM: FASTBALL • I SAW THE LIGHT • JANE WANTS A BOYFRIEND • THE BRONZE

Still in the midst of spring break and with baseball season fast upon us, it’s a moviegoing grand slam this week with everything from a biopic on an American institution, Hank Williams, to a foul-mo...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 17, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE:

THE CONFIRMATION Clive Owen is always a welcome presence in any film, but particularly in one as smartly subtle and engaging as Bob Nelson’s THE CONFIRMATION, and in which Owen shares the screen...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 17, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

[NOTE: While I have made every effort to keep this review spoiler-free, for a completely pure viewing experience of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, wait to read this review or any other until after you...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    February 25, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Of The Red Hearts

Despite what is being touted of late, let it never be said that there isn't diversity in filmmaking. And contrary to the "forced" diversity which many film festival directors, programmers and...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    February 25, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: KUNG FU PANDA 3

The kid in me fell in love with Panda Po back in 2008 when "Kung Fu Panda" was released. Charming, funny and filled with action and antics led to pure entertainment, while introducing us to what have...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    February 18, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: RACE

Many may know the grainy black and white images of Jesse Owens’ triumphant quadruple-gold medal performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, but do they know the story behind it? Those images,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 21, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: From Monsters to the Moon

In addition to scattered screenings of many of this year’s Academy Award nominated films still showing in theatres, there are plenty of new releases opening every week in theatres, as well as...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 14, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW SPECIAL

Bright and early on this crisp Beverly Hills morning, the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced to the world from the beautiful and historic Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at the Academy of...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 31, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Movies to Make Your Christmas Bright!

Christmas Day. Winter Break. After all the office parties, the opening of presents and enduring relatives, the holidays scream for one thing - movies! And this holiday week has no shortage of some...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 31, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

Dust off the cobwebs boys and girls! We're going back to school for a refresher course in literature along with some actual history which many may or may not know. Over the decades, Herman Melville's...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 17, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Thanksgiving is all about family, and what better way is there to celebrate family than to see one of the best family films of the year - THE GOOD DINOSAUR. A rare treat to have two Pixar films...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 10, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: CINEMATIC GEMS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SPARKLE

We may be in the midst of the holiday season but that also means we are in the midst of the movie awards season aka “studios bring out their best and brightest Oscar hopefuls.” And while some...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 19, 2015

Movie Review

In what I can only describe as an epic end to a cinematic legacy, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 is the final film in what has been a global phenomenon over the past decade, as moviegoers (and...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 12, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: A Week of Legends with

This week in movies is, once again, all about legends, Hollywood legends. But whereas last week’s focus was on the narrative feature “Trumbo”, this week attention turns to documentaries. And...

 

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