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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...

 

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...

 

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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...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: Trumbo

Stand up and cheer for TRUMBO! Under Jay Roach's direction with an Oscar-worthy script from John McNamara, and thanks to an Oscar caliber performance by Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO celebrates the 1st...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: LABYRINTH OF LIES

Now in the heart of “awards season”, as the cinematic cream starts to rise to the top and the wheat separates from the chaff, the annual definition of “best” becomes clearer and the race for...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 
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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...

 
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MOVIE REVIEW: A Double Feature of Murder, Madness, Mystery and Noir

This week brings us two delectable works that embrace and celebrate film noir and all the deliciousness of the genre. One, THE BAG MAN, inspired by "The Cat", a work by Jungian scholar Marie-Louse...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Imitation Game

As you are reading this very column, be it online or in print, one of the people responsible for this luxury is the very man celebrated in THE IMITATION GAME - Alan Turing. Although director Morten...

 

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and company are back with THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. With this second installment in the YA franchise, now helmed by Frances Lawrence and written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael...

 

Movie Review: At Middleton

Take one look at the purity of a magically light, bright and ethereal fountain scene in AT MIDDLETON and you immediately know how love feels, or should feel; how bliss and joy feel, or should feel....

 

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

For many of us who grew up in or were familiar with the tri-state area encompassing the Delaware Valley of Philadelphia north into New York/Newark, New Jersey and southeast into Delaware, the 1980's...

 

Movie Review: The Book Thief

THE BOOK THIEF has stolen my heart. To describe the film in a word, it's quite simply, MAGNIFICENT. Adapted from the 2005 best-selling novel of the same name by Markus Zusak (a book that remained on...

 

Movie Review - Out of the Furnace

In his sophomore outing with OUT OF THE FURNACE, writer/director Scott Cooper proves that he is no "flash in the directorial pan." Facing the daunting task of at least equaling, if not surpassing,...

 

Movie Review - Hours

Amidst all the early awards hoopla and limited release of some “big” movies, this week I direct your attention to a very special indie film - HOURS. Written and directed by Eric Heisserer, who...

 

The Motel Life

An exploration into sibling relationships set in a world of life on the wrong side of the tracks comes to us compliments of real-life brothers, Alan and Gabriel Polsky, who make their feature...

 

Movie Review - Romeo & Juliet

With well over 150 adaptations and imaginations of what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous, and definitely most adapted, work on screen, director Carlo Carlei’s new ROMEO & JULIET is, in a...

 

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