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INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE – ONE GOOD, ONE BEAST. Publishing editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf in Vermont; in the following days, as he falls victim to workplace intrigue, Will realizes that he’s going through strange changes… Jim Harrison, who came up with the story, wasn’t happy about … Continue reading Wolf

The Homesman

In the 19th century Nebraska Territory, spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) volunteers to transport three women who have lost their minds back east, and enlists the help of a man (Tommy Lee Jones) she saves from being hanged. A genre-bending Western from Jones who succeeds in combining immense pain in the story with a sense … Continue reading The Homesman

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

It’s been a week since this year’s Comic-Con ended in San Diego, but it is such a prominent event every year now that it simply can’t be ignored. Just like last year, here’s a list of what I found thrilling: The Avengers reunite We’re all excited by the upcoming sequel to The Avengers, although few are as … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2014

Pretty in Pink

BLANE’S A PRETTY COOL GUY. ANDIE’S PRETTY IN PINK. AND DUCKIE’S PRETTY CRAZY.  Working-class girl Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) meets a preppy boy (Andrew McCarthy) and they fall for each other… but their romance faces opposition. One of the classic John Hughes movies from this era, an entertaining high school flick with a conventional drama … Continue reading Pretty in Pink

Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

  On a visit to Washington D.C. last October, I made the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial and found the experience of first taking in the huge marble statue of the 16th President and then reading the words from his second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address that are engraved onto the walls of … Continue reading Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

Thank You For Being a Friend: David E. Kelley Moves On

No one has made us love lawyers as much as David E. Kelley. In his world, law firms are populated by people who treasure friendships and relationships above all. A David E. Kelley show may not always be feel-good (remember The Practice). But now that Harry’s Law has ended its two-season run, it is clear that … Continue reading Thank You For Being a Friend: David E. Kelley Moves On


IT WILL TAKE YOU A MILLION LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME.  Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) joins a military team led by Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) as they enter an alien device called Stargate that leads to a planet far away that’s ruled by what seems like the Egyptian sun god Ra. Director Roland Emmerich apparently … Continue reading Stargate

Bob Roberts

Vote first. Ask questions later.   Pennsylvanian Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is quickly winning votes as a folk-singing rebel – but his agenda is radically right-wing. The same year as the American people elected Bill Clinton president, Robbins directed his first feature, a political satire that … Continue reading Bob Roberts

Boston Legal: Bonding On a Balcony

I hate writing this review. I’m doing it because the last episode of Boston Legal has aired and it is time to close the book on a show that I love, one that should have lasted longer but didn’t because the audiences weren’t big enough and ABC weren’t willing to support it anymore. The creator, David E. Kelley, had … Continue reading Boston Legal: Bonding On a Balcony

Wall Street: Days of Bloodsucking

EVERY DREAM HAS A PRICE. As the credit crisis of 2008 risks putting an end to the world as we know it (at least judging from the grim newspaper headlines), it is high time to take a new look at Oliver Stone’s 1987 film about greed on Wall Street. It came on the heels of … Continue reading Wall Street: Days of Bloodsucking

The Practice: Idealism Be Damned

  In 1997, producer and writer David E. Kelley delivered two new TV shows. Fox aired Ally McBeal and ABC got The Practice. The former was the bigger hit, but the latter showed a side of Kelley that was somewhat surprising. Audiences were familiar with the goofy antics of his previous shows, but they were perhaps not prepared for the … Continue reading The Practice: Idealism Be Damned