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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.  In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

The Way Back

THEIR ESCAPE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.  During World War II, a group of Gulag prisoners escape from the camp, but soon learn that the wilderness is the biggest obstacle to freedom. After Master and Commander (2003), director Peter Weir made another historical epic where a group of men face challenges in harsh locations. This story … Continue reading The Way Back

Total Recall

WHAT IS REAL? In the future, when the Earth is divided into two habitable territories, factory worker Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) is having strange dreams of being a secret agent… This remake of the 1990 film ditches the whole Mars setup of the original, but the really damning part is how the filmmakers abandon almost … Continue reading Total Recall

Saving Mr. Banks

WHERE HER BOOK ENDED, THEIR STORY BEGAN.   In the early 1960s, P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of “Mary Poppins”, finally gives in to Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) relentless requests to make a movie out of her book and travels to Los Angeles, fully intent to give the tycoon a hard time… The … Continue reading Saving Mr. Banks

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

Fright Night

YOU CAN’T RUN FROM EVIL WHEN IT LIVES NEXT DOOR. When one of his childhood friends disappears, teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finds footage proving that his new next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) in all likelihood is a vampire. A surprisingly entertaining 3D remake of the 1985 horror-comedy that features plenty of gory fun, as well … Continue reading Fright Night

Horrible Bosses

EVER WISH YOUR BOSS WERE DEAD? Best buddies Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) are all abused at work by their mean-spirited bosses; eventually they come up with a radical solution. This raunchy comedy borrows its premise from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951) in a not too inspired way, but offers many laughs … Continue reading Horrible Bosses

In Bruges

SHOOT FIRST. SIGHTSEE LATER.  Two hit men (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson) are sent to hide out in the Belgian town of Bruges after a botched killing, but their employer (Ralph Fiennes) has a secret agenda. Martin McDonagh’s feature film directing debut is a bit of an oddity – a charming gangster movie. It has irresistible … Continue reading In Bruges

Pride and Glory

TRUTH. HONOR. LOYALTY. FAMILY. WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE? When four NYC cops are killed, Deputy Chief Francis Tierney (Jon Voight) talks his son Raymond (Edward Norton) into joining the task force set up to investigate the murders. An ambitious thriller that bites off a little more than it can chew. The portrayal of a family where … Continue reading Pride and Glory