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21Jan7:42 pmEST

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From my vantage point, plenty of people could use a break from nonstop politics and political arguments. Some comic relief, therefore, may be in order.  As a result, I suggest viewing the now-twenty-five year old,  Wayne's World (1992), which should not be dismissed out of hand. We never want to become snobs when it comes to films and...

14Jan10:29 amEST

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With the long, holiday weekend upon us, a double-feature makes sense tonight. Two years ago, I recommended the Netflix original series, "Narcos," after its first season. Upon viewing the second season, I am going to keep recommending the series as an exciting and gripping show.  Specifically, the performance by Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar...

08Jan10:33 amEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

I caught the Denzel Washington vehicle, Fences (2016), in a theatre recently. Without question, the film is sure to make a splash during the coming awards season.  Washington directs this character study set in 1950s Pittsburgh amid changing race relations in America. Written by the late-August Wilson, Fences is based on his Pulitzer Prize...

01Jan2:45 pmEST

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With the new year upon us, I am looking forward to the sequel to  Trainspotting (1996), some twenty-plus years later after the original was released. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller. Since its release, Director Danny Boyle has enjoyed a wealth of fame. And it looks like the band is still intact for the sequel,...

24Dec6:27 pmEST

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One of my favorite Bill Murray films is  Scrooged (1988), which also happens to be perfect for a Christmas viewing. Murray is at his best when he has a bit of a harsh edge to his characters in comedy or comedy/drama genre films. And this film gives him a perfect venue to display his talents against the backdrop of a tough-love Christmas...

17Dec6:27 pmEST

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I go to the movie theatre far less than I used to, mostly due to overall lower quality of most feature films released. We know that plenty of the top talent in Tinseltown has migrated to streaming television series, for example. But as I have noted before, Hollywood is a much more watered-down version of what is once was. On a more optimistic...

10Dec7:49 pmEST

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Featuring a strong performance by a young Gary Busey,  The Buddy Holly Story (1978) does a good job portraying the iconic rock legend from his meteoric rise to fame followed by his marriage and tragic death. Buddy Holly was a tremendous talent, and this film, along with La Bamba (1987), are certainly worth a viewing to look at the legendary...

03Dec9:11 pmEST

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Confidence (2003) did not win any big awards, and certainly was not the "type" of film do so. But it sure is a good time, featuring an accomplished cast of Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Andy Garcia, Rachel Weisz, and Brian Van Holt. As the title implies, the film centers around the art of the “confidence (or con) game.” All of...

27Nov1:27 amEST

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The Last Seduction (1994) is a film I still think more people should see. You truly do not want to miss the sexy, tough, and mischievous Linda Fiorentino in her classic performance as a monstrous femme fatale, along with the perfectly-cast Peter Berg and Bill Pullman. via imdb.com: A devious sexpot steals her husband’s drug money and hides...

19Nov2:55 pmEST

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The Big Chill (1983) may seem dated on its surface, but the film strikes a chord as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  A loaded cast (Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, William Hurt)  combined with the great Lawrence Kasdan directing and co-writing this ensemble storyline makes this one a worthwhile...

12Nov5:22 pmEST

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The Downtown Austin Patch had a great piece last week. Below are just a few snippets ( full article here ): What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? People often confuse the two remembrances, both reserved to honor military personnel but with some nuances between the two. The Department of Veterans Affairs clarifies the...

04Nov3:22 pmEST

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Plenty of you are aware of the popular animated television series entitled, "King of the Hill," which ran on Fox from 1997-2010 and capitalized on the enormous success of "The Simpsons." However, there is also an excellent film titled  King of the Hill (1993), which I am going to recommend tonight.  Directed by the great Steven Soderbergh,...

29Oct2:33 pmEST

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Goliath (2016), a legal drama web series by Amazon Studios, premiered earlier this month for its inaugural season. Much like a few other new streaming series we have recommended of late, one season does not a brilliant series make.  However, the show is off to an excellent start with its entertaining, gripping first season.  Billy Bob...

22Oct12:55 amEST

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Directed by the great Louis Malle,  Atlantic City (1980) is unfortunately bound to be forgotten. Much like the saga and downfall of the actual Atlantic City, New Jersey, in terms of both gaming and the city itself, the film inevitably became overshadowed by other films set in gambling meccas.  Case in point:  Atlantic City is among the...

15Oct12:59 pmEST

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It may very well turn out to be a shame that one of the great actor Hal Holbrook's performances went widely unwatched. But you can be sure that I will do my part to try to get the word out about his mesmerizing acting in  That Evening Sun (2009).  Also starring in the film are two excellent character actors you will likely recognize from...

08Oct2:06 pmEST

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In  Judgement at Nuremberg (1961), the great German-born actress Marlene Dietrich was allowed to write many of her own lines. This is significant since Dietrich personally experienced the Nazi regime before coming to America.  The film, as a whole, also has an original take of the post-war fallout, as this American film profiles the the...

01Oct11:37 amEST

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Netflix recently ordered a second season of Last Chance U (2016), its first sports documentary. And if the second season comes anywhere close to the quality of the first season's six episodes, it will be a huge success.  Without question, the first season of Last Chance U , released this past July, surpassed the expectations of even the...

24Sep10:32 amEST

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"Mad Dogs" was a one-season-and-done, as the Amazon Original Series based off a British series was not renewed for another season. But that may not be such a bad thing. Even the creators of the show admitted that it would be a shame to see a high energy, exciting, fun first season become watered-down in subsequent seasons given the implied...

17Sep1:42 pmEST

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Starring the great actor Geoffrey Rush,   the Italian-made and shot The Best Offer (2013), also featuring Donald Sutherland, is worthy of a viewing. The film was met with mixed critical reviews, but the high quality acting, locations, direction, and intriguing storyline make this one worthwhile.  via YouTube: Geoffrey Rush stars in this...

10Sep12:53 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

At first blush, I was a bit skeptical that Hell or High Water  (2016), just released and currently in theaters, would fail miserably in terms of running a similar style, setting, characters, and storyline to No Country for Old Men (2007). The latter remains an all-time excellent film, on par with just about anything made over the last two...

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