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The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird: An Idyll With Shadows

THE RARE FILM STORY OF A FATHER WHO MUST EXPOSE HIS CHILDREN TO A SMALL TOWN’S OUTRAGED PASSIONS… AND CAN ONLY PROTECT THEM WITH HIS LOVE.  Often recognized as one of the great films of the 1960s, To Kill a Mockingbird was not a favorite of Roger Ebert’s. In his review from 2001, he writes … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird: An Idyll With Shadows

Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

The Oscars are on tonight, with Chris Rock as host. It’s the 88th annual event since the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There … Continue reading Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

The Judge

DEFEND YOUR HONOR.  Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) comes home to the Indiana small town where he was raised to bury his mother; when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a renowned judge, then stands accused of murder, he takes the case. A change of pace for comedy director David Dobkin, a drama that … Continue reading The Judge

Network: No Limits

NOT SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME HAS AMERICA EXPERIENCED A MAN LIKE HOWARD BEALE! On July 15, 1974 Florida TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck opened her program by covering three national news stories and then turned to a local shooting at a restaurant. After the segment, she told viewers that she intended to bring them … Continue reading Network: No Limits

Jack Reacher

THE LAW HAS LIMITS. HE DOES NOT. When Pittsburgh police arrest a man they believe shot and killed five people, he has only one request – that they contact Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), a mysterious former Army investigator. Cruise goes Clint Eastwood in this first adaptation of one of Lee Child’s pulp novels; he may … Continue reading Jack Reacher

Hemingway & Gellhorn

WE WERE GOOD IN WAR. AND WHEN THERE WAS NO WAR, WE MADE OUR OWN.  In 1936, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) meets Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) in Key West; their subsequent relationship is marked by wars and a fiery romance. Another prestige project from HBO, directed by a famous filmmaker, with movie stars … Continue reading Hemingway & Gellhorn

Four Christmases

HIS FATHER, HER MOTHER, HIS MOTHER AND HER FATHER ALL IN ONE DAY. Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon) have no intention of spending Christmas with their families, but a getaway attempt fails and they’re forced to face the music. The King of Kong (2005) director was hired for his first fiction feature, a Yuletide comedy that … Continue reading Four Christmases

Thank You for Smoking

AMERICA IS LIVING IN SPIN. Tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is faced with two challenges – coming up with a way to get modern consumers to spend more money on cigarettes, and getting to know his son (Cameron Bright) better. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason made his feature film debut with this impressive comedy, a … Continue reading Thank You for Smoking

Crazy Heart

THE HARDER THE LIFE, THE SWEETER THE SONG. Washed-up country star Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is drinking too much and tries to avoid thinking about lost opportunities, but when he’s interviewed by a reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) he gets another chance. Scott Cooper’s directing debut is not unlike the previous year’s The Wrestler; the locations are … Continue reading Crazy Heart

The Road

IN A MOMENT THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER. Ever since a huge catastrophic event killed most people, a man and his young son (Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee) have been trying to survive; the man is becoming increasingly frail and teaches the boy what he knows. John Hillcoat previously made another dystopia, The Proposition (2005), and this … Continue reading The Road

The Godfather II: From Rags to Riches

The Godfather was an incredible achievement by Francis Ford Coppola. Making a sequel that meets at least some of the expectations is difficult enough, but actually exceeding them, creating another epic that is even more complex and just as entertaining as the first, is outstanding. As if that wasn’t enough, the director also put together a … Continue reading The Godfather II: From Rags to Riches

The Godfather: Paying in Blood

There’s a scene in You’ve Got Mail (1998) where Tom Hanks says, “The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question”. Every guy loves The Godfather, he explains. Well, there’s plenty in this masterpiece to attract anyone. The first spoken words are “I believe in America” and The Godfather is indeed a story … Continue reading The Godfather: Paying in Blood