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 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 11, 2014 

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    December 11, 2014 

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 11, 2014 

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    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: 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...

 
 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 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    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    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    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    March 6, 2014

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    February 6, 2014

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 30, 2014

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....

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 23, 2014

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 26, 2013

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 12, 2013

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,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    December 12, 2013

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    November 14, 2013

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    October 24, 2013

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...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    January 9, 2013

Movie Review - Philomena

What happens when you take a true, touching, heart-wrenching story more than 50 years in the making, have Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope adapt it into script form and then cast Judi Dench as the title cha...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    November 11, 2010

127 Hours

One rock. One man. The forces of nature. A really crappy off-brand Leatherman tool. 127 hours. Who else but Danny Boyle, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and actor James Franco could turn that combination...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    November 6, 2010

Made In Dagenham

Empowering! Inspirational! Sally Hawkins is entrancing. Miranda Richardson is the icing on the cake. Bob Hoskins is deliciously fun. The human spirit captured on the screen in each character is...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    October 21, 2010

Conviction

There are two definitions of the word "conviction." The first, is "an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence." The second, used in a legal sense, is "the verdict that result...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    October 6, 2010

Secretariat

The Oscar race is off and running this week when SECRETARIAT jumps out of the gate. Emotional, sweeping, epic, horses, a true story, a strong woman, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, core values of streng...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    September 15, 2010

Lovely, Still

When George Bernard Shaw wrote “Youth is wasted on the young”, he obviously didn’t know of writer/director Nicholas Fackler. Now only 26 years old, at age 17 Fackler began writing what would...

 

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