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17Sep12:57 amEST

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If you are in the mood for a well-acted, dark comedy which practically defines what the word " risqué" means, then   Secretary (2002) is certainly worth a viewing.  James Spader, one of my favorite actors, stars as an overbearing lawyer towards his emotionally vulnerable secretary Maggie Gyllenhaal. The two soon cross over the line from...

09Sep7:44 pmEST

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The 14th Annual Academy Awards show (back when they were held in higher esteem than they are now) took place on February 26th, 1942, honoring the best achievements in filmmaking from 1941.  With the passage of time, that particular Oscars show has become as controversial as any, t hough, because a certain film won the Best Picture Academy Award...

03Sep11:48 pmEST

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Let's be honest: Cop shows and all things related to the police and homicide investigations are beyond ubiquitous these days. It has gotten to the point where most of these shows blend together and are, practically by definition now due to the sheer quantity of shows, of average quality and easily forgettable after a viewing.  But in the case...

26Aug6:26 pmEST

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As we know, there is a common tendency among filmmakers, even in some of the very best war films in cinematic history, to try to bite off more than they can chew and cover virtually all aspects of a given war story. But in doing so, it often yields a feeling of the film becoming either an all-you-can-eat-buffet of war stories or rather a...

19Aug10:18 pmEST

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If want to talk about a prophetic film then consider about one which stars a mathematical genius who believes he can boil the stock market down to a basic code found in ancient holy scriptures. The HFT's and robots on Wall Street, no doubt, would be proud of this one.  I was lucky enough to catch Pi (1998) on the big screen back when it was...

12Aug3:22 pmEST

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Back in March, I gave a glowing review for the inaugural season of the Italian crime-drama series, Gomorrah .  The show premiered in 2014 and is based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. It is set in the suburbs of Naples, Italy, focusing on organized crime and the impact of drugs on all people in the rough and tumble city...

06Aug12:06 pmEST

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I was talking with someone recently about underrated films with high profile actors. One of the first films to pop up was  Get Low (2010), which stars Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Gerald McRaney  in a dark comedy with plenty of drama. Indeed, the film almost plays like a fable.  Typically, films of this genre have a tendency...

29Jul11:37 amEST

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End of Watch (2012) stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two LAPD officers  who work in south central  Los Angeles as partners . Not only is the film entertaining, moving at a steady pace, but it is also refreshing in that it deviates from the path many films take. Specifically, while plenty of films focus on police corruption--including...

23Jul9:21 amEST

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Wyatt Earp (1994) and Tombstone (1993) were films released six months apart, each prominently featuring Old American West icon Wyatt Earp. Although Tombstone was largely seen as the superior film, and Wyatt Earp  argued as a flop by many, I take the contrarian point of view here. I believe  Wyatt Earp to be an excellent film with a...

16Jul10:53 amEST

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Wolf (1994) may not rank among the very top films that Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and James Spader have starred in, but it sure is a good time and I admit to quite liking anything Pfeiffer does and says.  Nicholson plays a book publisher-turned-werewolf-at-night fighting to save his career against the cutthroat Spader, with Pfeiffer...

08Jul8:37 pmEST

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Baby Driver  (2017) is the epitome of an entertaining, summer "popcorn movie." The film has been met with plenty of rave reviews for its creativity. And while I do indeed agree that writer/director  Edgar Wright is worth his salt, I  am not yet inclined to declare this to be one a candidate for Best Picture.  That said, Hollywood will take...

01Jul10:25 amEST

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Available on Netflix, I recommend watching the AMC series, " TURN: Washington's Spies." This series is a true story; a spy thriller set in the American Revolution. It is fabulously done and features several noted character actors who take on more prominent roles in the series, such as Jamie Bell,  Kevin McNally, and Angus Macfadyen. I am a fan...

24Jun11:16 amEST

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I must admit that I was not expecting much as I was walking into the theater to see director David Fincher's investigative thriller, Zodiac (2007). Then again, at the time, in 2007, I was dating a young lady with a keen interest in true crime novels, and the other choices of films to see were fairly unappealing.  Despite my initial...

17Jun4:09 pmEST

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Following in tradition for this website on Father's Day Weekend, the great father/son tale told in Road to Perdition (2002) is worth a viewing (or a repeat viewing). My own father died in 2002, not long before this film was released. I often wonder if he would have liked it as much as I think he would have. I suppose I will always associate...

11Jun10:40 amEST

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It is probably a contrarian point of view, but I have always thought there was something off about Quentin Tarantino’s films. Granted, he has made some entertaining ones. But they are not quite on the level of genius or even excellent films that many would have you believe. As an alternative to some of Tarantino’s campy films, consider Out of...

03Jun1:27 pmEST

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The Place Beyond the Pines   (2012)  is a risk-taking crime drama  which dares to disappoint the audience in terms of defying conventional Hollywood plot elements and character development. Without giving too much away, director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance should be applauded for his efforts and ambition in this film, even if he errs on...

28May12:26 pmEST

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On this Memorial Day Weekend, we honor those who died in war while serving in the U.S. military. The holiday traces back to the Civil War, in 1864, when it was called Decoration Day. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971.  With this in mind, it is appropriate to recommend two intertwined miniseries, both of which were...

20May11:59 amEST

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I was fortunate enough to be living (studying and working) in Florence, Italy, during the spring of 2001 when Hannibal (2001) was released. I saw the film in a theatre there with plenty of expats. But being in Florence, where the film is set for much of the story, certainly added some flavor to the experience. Looking back, that time period...

13May9:43 amEST

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Manchester by the Sea ( 2016) contains a simple enough storyline without too much flash. But that's just it--This film is bold enough, albeit in the form of quiet confidence, to rely on quality acting and it weaves together a story served up with various flashbacks.  First and foremost, the film was distributed by   Amazon Studios and is...

06May11:37 amEST

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In light of the run-off in the French presidential election this weekend dominating the headlines, if you are looking to step back from the politics of the moment and watch a great film, this French-language production is exciting and gripping, but more importantly well done.  A Prophet (2009), or “Un prophète” (original title), is a terrific...

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