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MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1

The game is afoot with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1, but it's no longer being played as a game within the confines of an electronically controlled and domed "arena". With the release of Katniss...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: BEYOND THE LIGHTS • THE HOMESMAN

There's nothing quite like the blend of good storytelling, great performances and a powerful emotional journey all skillfully woven together with a solid singular vision of a strong director to make...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: BIG HERO 6

With BIG HERO 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios once again proves why they are heroes to generations and legions of fans the world over. Tapping into the recesses of the Marvel vaults, directors Don Ha...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: HORNS

Some guys just have a thing for snakes and it seems that our favorite parseltongue speaking Daniel Radcliffe is no different. In his new film, the devilishly delicious HORNS from director Alexandre...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: STONEHEARST ASYLUM

Madness and mayhem are the watchwords of the day when it comes to STONEHEARST ASYLUM. Directed by Brad Anderson from a script by Joe Gangemi based on the 1844 story "The System of Doctor Tarr and...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BEST OF ME

Nicholas Sparks. At the mere mention of his name, images of love, romance, peaceful serenity, his beloved Carolina coastline, among others, all vividly spring to mind. So does the idea of second...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: A MIX & MATCH MASH-UP FOR EVERYONE

There's something for everyone in theatres this week with no less than 25 new feature releases with everything from an outstanding "must see" political thriller KILL THE MESSENGER based on true life e...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE LIBERATOR

Simon Bolivar is a name known throughout the world. A military leader, a statesman, a politician, Bolivar helped shape the face of the world - and particularly the Americas - as we now know it....

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BOXTROLLS

Those magnificent artisans of Laika are back with their latest production, THE BOXTROLLS. Taking a sliver from the beloved book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow, Laika CEO and lead animator Travis Kni...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: TUSK

I have long been an admirer of Kevin Smith's filmmaking ethic; although not always a fan of some of his films. He has taken the bull by the horns - in this case, the walrus by the tusks - and ignored...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: HONEYMOON and NO GOOD DEED

This weekend bodes well for movies with another eclectic mix of new releases across the country with each as engaging and worthwhile as the next. The stunning THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY (aka...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: GOD HELP THE GIRL

With a beguiling adorable awkwardness, first time screenwriter/director Stuart Murdoch puts a song in your heart and a spring in your step with the oh-so-lovely, GOD HELP THE GIRL. Lead singer-songwri...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE NOVEMBER MAN and LIFE OF CRIME

Labor Day at the movies kicks it in to high gear with some great films, great fun, great casts and great storytelling. And surprisingly, while I am always hesitant about book-to-screen adaptations, I...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL and SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR

Mixing things up a bit this weekend, film lifts us to the heavens with ideals of ethics, integrity and redemption in WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, while taking us on a gritty, sin-filled, film noir...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

To paraphrase screenwriter Steven Knight, "Food is memories". Since the days of a feeble Oliver Twist innocently saying "Please sir, I want some more" to Scarlet O'Hara infamously avowing "I'll never...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

I admit it. I had some doubts when it was announced James Gunn (whom I admire and am a fan of his work) would be directing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Although I had no doubts about Gunn nailing the...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

From a 1925 Alfa Romeo to Jacki Weaver draped in $2.9 million in diamonds to period perfect 1920's French couture to the ethereal elegance of Cap d'Antibes and Mouans Sartoux to the ever dashing...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

Dusty delivers! He dives, he swoops, he scoops, soaring into our hearts again! PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE may be the epitome of the Disney themes of "friendship first" and "lend a helping hand", not...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: AFFLUENZA and BOYHOOD

It's a big weekend at the Los Angeles area box office with an eclectic group of indie gems shining brightly amidst some lingering tentpoles and expanding winners like "Snowpiercer" and "Deliver Us...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: DELIVER US FROM EVIL

With DELIVER US FROM EVIL, one thing is certain - no one should ever deliver us from the genius that is director Scott Derrickson. As he did with "Sinister", Derrickson again not only dives headfirst...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: SNOWPIERCER

Adapted for the screen by Kelly Masterson and Bong Joon-Ho from the French graphic novel "Le Transpercenegie" and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, SNOWPIERCER is a post-apocalyptic thriller. Earth is frozen...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

When we last saw the gang back in 2012, they were hanging out in downtown Culver City, shooting hoops, hitting Happy Hour at Rush Street and wrecking havoc and hilarity at every turn in "Think Like A...

 

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: MUST SEE FESTIVAL FILMS

Yep. You read it right. This is the 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival. Running from June 11th to 19th, this is a big anniversary for LA’s favorite and biggest film fest. 20 years. When I look ov...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: TRUST ME

If all I knew of Clark Gregg was his writing and directorial work of a few years ago with his adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke", and now again with his stepping behind and in front of the...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: MALEFICENT

Be she known as the "evil fairy" who casts a spell on the infant princess Aurora dooming her to die when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel in Charles Perrault's "La Belle au bois dormant" or i...

 

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