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Patriots Day

THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MANHUNT.  When two bombs go off during the 2013 Boston Marathon, the whole city (including Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg)) become involved in the hunt for the terrorists, two brothers. The third time Peter Berg and Wahlberg collaborate on a reality-based drama about Men Surviving a Crisis … Continue reading Patriots Day

La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

HERE’S TO THE FOOLS WHO DREAM. Remember that opening scene from Manhattan (1979)? It’s a montage of different New York City images beautifully captured in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, set to George Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” as it builds in intensity to an impressive display of fireworks. It is an unforgettable tribute … Continue reading La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

Zootopia

WELCOME TO THE URBAN JUNGLE. Judy Hopps makes her dream come alive as the first rabbit to enter Zootopia’s police force; on parking duty, she stumbles across a plot where predator animals are disappearing… Two of the directors behind Bolt (2006) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012) joined forces for this attractive and hugely enjoyable 3D adventure … Continue reading Zootopia

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

THE ROAD TO GREATNESS CAN TAKE YOU TO THE EDGE. Famous jazz drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich had a short temper. His outbursts were caught in secret recordings made in the early 1980s and have become the stuff of legend; another time, Dusty Springfield allegedly slapped Rich after putting up with his insults for several … Continue reading Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Red carpets are being rolled out, female stars are deciding which fashion giants to promote, and big Oscar statues outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles are getting their last golden polish. The 87th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday and I feel confident that host Neil Patrick Harris will do an excellent job. After … Continue reading They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning this Sunday for their third hosting stint at the Golden Globe awards. Thank God for that; recently, this show has been more reliable than the Oscars. In the promo above, the hosts promise not to keep it fresh their third time ’round. Sounds very reasonable in this case. … Continue reading Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Young Adult

EVERYONE GETS OLD. NOT EVERYONE GROWS UP. 37-year-old, once successful young-adult writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) returns to her small Minnesota hometown with a mission: to woo her high-school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), even though he’s a happily married dad. Jason Reitman reunited with Juno (2007) screenwriter Diablo Cody for another comedy, this time about a … Continue reading Young Adult

True Grit: A Spielberg Moment

PUNISHMENT COMES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. The original True Grit (1969) is a very good Western, well directed by Henry Hathaway, featuring a script by Marguerite Roberts and a part for John Wayne that finally rendered him an Oscar. Still, the Charles Portis novel that inspired the film is also highly regarded and when the Coen brothers … Continue reading True Grit: A Spielberg Moment

Jennifer’s Body

SHE’S EVIL… AND NOT JUST HIGH SCHOOL EVIL. After a mysterious encounter with an emo band, and a violent fire that kills eight people, high school student (and local slut) Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) goes through frightening changes. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is clearly having a little fun after the success of Juno (2007); this is an unambitious little … Continue reading Jennifer’s Body