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 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    August 25, 2016 

MOVIE REVIEW: HANDS OF STONE

For everyone who has already seen "Hell or High Water", you know the Oscar race has begun thanks to an award-worthy performance by Jeff Bridges, a powerhouse script from Tayler Sheridan and stunning c...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    August 18, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: BEN-HUR

Let's just cut to the chase. BEN-HUR is masterful! A spectacle worthy of Cecil B. DeMille but with a story that is more grounded and layered with softer, nuanced, more human emotional performances...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    August 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: BAD MOMS

Holy mother of God! You won't believe your eyes and ears when you watch BAD MOMS! It's moms-behaving-badly in this raunchy, riotous ridiculum of side-splitting hilarity. And although not a perfect...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    August 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: Tallulah

A quiet little gem from "Orange Is The New Black" writer/producer Sian Heder expands wider in theatres this week - TALLULAH. Heder, who not only writes TALLULAH, makes her feature directorial debut,...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    August 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: INDIGNATION

Philip Roth has long been a favorite author to many. His words have found themselves adapted for the big screen countless times to great effect. But it’s his 29th novel, INDIGNATION, that is one of...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    August 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE:

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE Scrat's back and as to be expected, he's up to his old tricks again; this time inadvertently creating the solar system thanks to his never-ending pursuit of that elusive...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 14, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: CAFÉ SOCIETY

Once again, Woody Allen sweeps us up into the magic, elegance, glamour and excitement of an era long past with CAFÉ SOCIETY. But that's where the "once again" part ends as Allen pushes himself...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    July 7, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

The first word that comes to mind on watching writer/director Matt Ross's CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is "intelligent", quickly followed by "humor" and "heart", culminating in "beautiful storytelling." Ross...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 30, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

When it comes to espionage, be it literary or cinematic, one name jumps to the forefront. John le Carre. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", "A Most Wanted Man", "The Russia House", "The Constant Gardener" a...

 
 Movies    June 30, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHALLOWS

It's been a long time since audiences have had a "killer" shark movie to bite into. Sure, we've all been swept up into the "Sharknado" frenzy of the past few years (with July 31, 2016 already circled...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 30, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: FINDING DORY ● PIPER

It's been 13 years since we last saw everyone's favorite short-term memoried blue tang Dory and all it takes is one look at FINDING DORY to ask yourself - How could we have gone this long waiting to...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    June 16, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - Captain America: Civil War

To the horror of my colleagues in the press and evoking a chorus of gasps and boos from them at the recent press junket for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (although Paul Rudd cheered and Kevin Feige lit...

 
 By Debbie Lynn Elias    Movies    June 16, 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    June 9, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Yo-Yo Ma. World renowned cellist. Child prodigy. Many American audiences got their first glimpse of Yo-Yo Ma when at age 7 he was introduced on television by Leonard Bernstein. Over the decades,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 19, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW-High-Rise

British director Ben Wheatley first caught the attention of many when he threw his hat into the feature film ring with "Kill List". Already known for his episodic television work across the pond,...

 
 By debbie lynn elias    Movies    May 19, 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 - 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...

 

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