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Thirteen Days

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE HOW CLOSE WE CAME.  In October 1962, White House advisor Kenneth O’Donnell (Kevin Costner) becomes a witness to how President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) challenges a Soviet decision to put missiles in Cuba capable of delivering a nuclear strike on the U.S. The ultimate screen portrait of the Cuban missile crisis … Continue reading Thirteen Days

Hidden Figures

MEET THE WOMEN YOU DON’T KNOW, BEHIND THE MISSION YOU DO.  In 1961, while the Americans try to catch up with the Russians in the space race, three black women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) make great strides at segregated NASA. Indie filmmaker Theodor Melfi, who made St. Vincent (2014), delivered something decidedly … Continue reading Hidden Figures

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

FOR THE GOOD OF ALL MEN, AND THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN, HE FOUGHT TO UPHOLD JUSTICE BY BREAKING THE LAW. After escaping from a prison in Jerusalem, English nobleman Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns home to find the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) ruling over his land… One of the biggest box-office … Continue reading Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The Company Men

BIG BUSINESS JUST CUT THE WRONG GUYS. When a Boston shipbuilding giant starts downsizing, Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) loses his job, but he’s far from the only victim. TV producer and writer John Wells’s feature directing debut is a comment on the Great Recession of 2008, where we follow several white-collar workers and how they … Continue reading The Company Men

Happy Birthday, Octavia Spencer, 45

Octavia Spencer turns 45 years old today, so congratulations are in order. The clip above is from The Talk last November where Spencer reveals how she got her start in the business, appearing as a nurse in A Time to Kill (1996). Born in Alabama, Spencer did small roles in movies and TV shows before getting some notice in … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Octavia Spencer, 45

3 Days to Kill

Former CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), who’s dying of a tumor, decides to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter (Connie Nielsen, Hailee Steinfeld) in Paris, but is also drawn into another mission. Costner’s attempt to do a Liam Neeson (aided by Taken co-writer Luc Besson) is a clumsy mixture of action and family drama. … Continue reading 3 Days to Kill

Rene Russo Turns 60

In the clip above, Rene Russo reunites with Pierce Brosnan in 2010 in order to promote the Bluray release of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). She’s at her most charming, and it’s obvious that the two of them are happy to see each other again. Tomorrow, Russo turns 60, if you can believe it, and it’s time … Continue reading Rene Russo Turns 60

Clancy Would Not Have Liked This New Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens this week and it is, sadly, a disappointment. I can see where they were going with this project. As part of a never-ending effort to reboot virtually every franchise there is, Jack Ryan must have seemed tempting to Paramount. After all, author Tom Clancy did such a good job of creating … Continue reading Clancy Would Not Have Liked This New Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

TRUST NO ONE. Young Afghanistan War veteran Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is recruited by the CIA to work covertly in a Wall Street company, but suddenly this analyst is turned into an operative and sent to Moscow on a mission. A reboot of Tom Clancy’s character that tries to turn Jack Ryan into Jason Bourne. … Continue reading Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014