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 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 18, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW:When The Game Stands Tall

151. That's the number of games the De La Salle High School Spartan football team won - consecutively. That's right. In a row. Without a loss. A 12-year winning streak. It's a record that will stand f...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 18, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy

I admit it. I had some doubts when it was announced James Gunn (whom I admire and am a fan of his work) would be directing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Although I had no doubts about Gunn nailing the...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 18, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW: No Good Deed

Continuing with themes of old adages and films lensed within a single confined space, I turn your attention to NO GOOD DEED. As your mother always told you, no good deed goes unpunished and that's...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 18, 2014 

MOVIE REVIEW: TUSK

I have long been an admirer of Kevin Smith’s filmmaking ethic; although not always a fan of some of his films. He has taken the bull by the horns - in this case, the walrus by the tusks - and...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 11, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Honeymoon

Long have we heard the old adage that "marriage is hell", but what about the honeymoon? Thanks to first time writer/director Leigh Janiak and HONEYMOON, couples may now want to start rethinking their...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 4, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: God Help The Girl

With a beguiling adorable awkwardness, first time screenwriter/director Stuart Murdoch puts a song in your heart and a spring in your step with the oh-so-lovely, GOD HELP THE GIRL. Lead singer-songwri...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    September 4, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The November Man

Tougher than Steele! Better than Bond. Brains over gadgets. It's Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan, as THE NOVEMBER MAN. At the top of his game, Brosnan engages and entices with a mature intelligent sexiness...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 28, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Life of Crime

Who doesn't love a good Elmore Leonard novel or film adaptation? Certainly writer/director Daniel Schechter does as with LIFE OF CRIME, an adaptation of Leonard's "The Switch", he delivers a film...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 21, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

A perfect blend of classic film noir and graphic novel, SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR is deliciously decadent. The sequel to the 2005 "Sin City" by Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 14, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Expendables 3

You know them. You love them. You have a kick-ass time with them. And they're back! Bigger and badder than ever, THE EXPENDABLES 3 has you breathless within the first 10 minutes, setting the stage for...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 14, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Hundred Foot Journey

To paraphrase screenwriter Steven Knight, "Food is memories". Since the days of a feeble Oliver Twist innocently saying "Please sir, I want some more" to Scarlet O'Hara infamously avowing "I'll never...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 7, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Magic in the Moonlight

From a 1925 Alfa Romeo to Jacki Weaver draped in $2.9 million in diamonds to period perfect 1920's French couture to the ethereal elegance of Cap d'Antibes and Mouans Sartoux to the ever dashing...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 31, 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 24, 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 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...

 

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