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 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 17, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW: Planes: Fire & Rescue

Dusty delivers! He dives, he swoops, he scoops, soaring into our hearts again! PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE may be the epitome of the Disney themes of "friendship first" and "lend a helping hand", not...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 17, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW: Maleficent

Be she known as the "evil fairy" who casts a spell on the infant princess Aurora dooming her to die when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel in Charles Perrault's "La Belle au bois dormant" or i...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 10, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE:

It's a big weekend at the Los Angeles area box office with an eclectic group of indie gems shining brightly amidst some lingering tentpoles and expanding winners like "Snowpiercer" and "Deliver Us...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 10, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Deliver Us From Evil

With DELIVER US FROM EVIL, one thing is certain - no one should ever deliver us from the genius that is director Scott Derrickson. As he did with "Sinister", Derrickson again not only dives headfirst...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 3, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Snowpiercer

Adapted for the screen by Kelly Masterson and Bong Joon-Ho from the French graphic novel "Le Transpercenegie" and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, SNOWPIERCER is a post-apocalyptic thriller. Earth is frozen...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 3, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW:Think Like a

When we last saw the gang back in 2012, they were hanging out in downtown Culver City, shooting hoops, hitting Happy Hour at Rush Street and wrecking havoc and hilarity at every turn in "Think Like A...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 19, 2014

20th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: MUST SEE FESTIVAL FILMS

Yep. You read it right. This is the 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival. Running from June 11th to 19th, this is a big anniversary for LA’s favorite and biggest film fest. 20 years. When I look ov...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 5, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Million Dollar Arm

If you follow baseball, and particularly the Pittsburgh Pirates, then you probably know Pirates pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel and the story behind MILLION DOLLAR ARM. But whether you know the...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 5, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Trust me

If all I knew of Clark Gregg was his writing and directorial work of a few years ago with his adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke", and now again with his stepping behind and in front of the...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 22, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: WORDS AND PICTURES

One of the most marvelous movie-going experiences of the year, with WORDS AND PICTURES screenwriter Gerald Di Pego and director Fred Schepisi create a film that wafts over you, making the heart...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 22, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: THE LOVE PUNCH

I don’t know about you, but when the opening shot of a film boasts Emma Thompson hoisting a very large and very shaken martini immediately followed by Pierce Brosnan sidling into frame and...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 8, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Immigrant

Directed by James Gray and co-written with Ric Menello, THE IMMIGRANT is a film that is not to be missed and is, quite honestly, the best work of Gray's career thus far and will be difficult to top....

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 8, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Legends of OZ: Dorothy's Return

From the moment that L. Frank Baum put pen to paper back in 1900 and swept that first generation of collective and individual imaginations up into a Kansas twister, the stories of Dorothy Gale, her...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 8, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Quiet Ones

by debbie lynn elias Hammer Films is iconic when it comes to the history of film and horror films in particular. Thanks to a steady stream of B-movies with stunning production values, talents like...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 8, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America and company are back with what is undisputably the best script and most well told and constructed story of any super hero movie to date - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. With a...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Arts    May 1, 2014

Who Could Ask for Anything More? as S.T.A.G.E. Goes To The Movies

As recalled by stage and screen legend Carole Cook, "We called it 'the plague'. They called it 'the gay disease'. There wasn't even a name." The time was 1984. We would come to know the disease as AID...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 24, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE: THE GUYS HAVE IT

Intensity, intelligence, introspection. That’s what each of these films bring. Brimming with testosterone and sensitivity, our main men - Tom Hardy and John Turturro - in LOCKE and FADING GIGOLO, re...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 17, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Transcendence

While there are many moments in which I was hoping to transcend the experience of screening TRANSCENDENCE, long after the credits rolled and I had left the theater, this freshman directorial effort...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 10, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW SPECIAL: A Springtim Mix and Match

With Spring in full bloom and along with it the freewheeling spirit of growth, vibrancy, color and the brightness of a new day after a long cold winter, not to mention spring breaks taking hold...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 10, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Muppets Most Wanted

"It's the Muppets again! It's the Muppets again! It's. The. Muppets. Agaaaaain!" That's right!! They're back (for the eighth time, in case you're keeping count) and not only most wanted, but most...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    April 10, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

For those of you who are fans of or remember Jay Ward's legendary "The Bullwinkle Show"/"The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" and particularly the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments created by Ted...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 27, 2014

Movie Review: Sabotage

Scorching the senses with exhilarating action, edge of your seat intrigue and some incredibly riveting plot twists and turns, SABOTAGE is an action powerhouse that thrills not only with explosions,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 27, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Need For Speed

Since 1994, the "Need for Speed" video game has had 20 different incarnations and racing adventures and is a multi-generational at-home thrill ride worldwide. Given its popularity and commercial...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 27, 2014

Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill

Nothing warms my heart more than a father-daughter film - unless it's a father-daughter film with kick-ass action; which means, 3 DAYS TO KILL is killer! Exhilarating! High energy! High Heart! High...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    March 13, 2014

Movie Review - Frozen

It's been a long time coming, but Disney magic is back! The glorious fantasy of storytelling, the beauty of fairy tales filled with princes and princesses, magic, wonder, beauty and eye-popping ultra...

 

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