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27Apr10:22 pmEST

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I had originally blown off watching  Shutter Island (2010) for a good many years, as I had surmised from the previews that the film would be an exploitative adaptation of ‎Dennis Lehane's fine novel of the same name. In other words, I erroneously inferred from the previews, and then reviews, that the film essentially devolved into lead actor...

13Apr12:03 pmEST

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Easily the best film containing a storyline about golf that I have ever seen, writer/directorRon Shelton's under-appreciated Tin Cup (1996) is worth a viewing, even for non-golf fans, during The Masters' tournament weekend especially.  Much like Shelton''s other classic sports-related comedy/dramas from the late-1980s and early-1990s, he has...

07Apr12:44 pmEST

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Recently released digitally on March 29, 2019, on Netflix, The Highwaymen gives a fresh perspective on well-known phase of America during the Great Depression. The film follows Frank Hamer and Maney Gault (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, in top acting form), two Texas Rangers who attempt to track down and apprehend notorious criminals...

31Mar2:47 pmEST

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It remains to be seen if this market kicks off the second quarter of trading like a raging bull, but either way one film which I hope never slips through the cracks of cinematic history is Raging Bull (1980). I consider this to be the best film of the entire decade for the 1980s, with Robert De Niro turning in a virtuoso performance in...

16Mar9:26 pmEST

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In honor of this St. Patrick’s Day's Eve, a great Irish film to see is  My Left Foot (1989), starring the legendary Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker and Alison Whelan. Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor which effectively put him on the map as one of the finest actors in the businesses. And it has been that way ever since.  Via ...

10Mar12:55 pmEST

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Inspired by the 1966 British film of the same name and its 1975 sequel, Alfie (2004) is currently available on Amazon Prime and is highly recommended. The film stars the talented and entertaining trio of Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, and Omar Epps.  Although the film did not draw rave reviews from critics (but was far from a critical flop, too), I...

03Mar12:31 pmEST

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Currently available on Amazon Prime, I am going to re-recommend a gripping thriller which seems to have been forgotten about over time:  Marathon Man (1976), starring the impressive acting trio of  Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, and Roy Scheider.  Written by the late, great William Goldman, and directed by John Schlesinger, the film hooks...

26Jan8:08 pmEST

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Although I largely consider the new age special effects of most films these days to be rather overrated and unworthy of a trip to the theatre, I must say that Peter Jackson's stunning World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old (2018), stands out as an exception and is more than worth the time, money, and effort.  Wearing those wonky 3D...

30Dec5:01 pmEST

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Easily one of the best films of 2018, The Mule is another example of how Clint Eastwood has developed as an auteur (here, starring in the lead, directing, and producing the film). His film-making style is deep yet simple, stylish yet minimal, and he manages to pull you in for another exhilarating ride like he has on several occasions since ...

09Dec10:54 amEST

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Despite only being three episodes in (with the fourth scheduled to air this evening), I can still confidently recommend Showtime’s mini-series “Escape at Dannemora,” starring Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette.  Each episode is directed by Ben Stiller, who shows his range in this project as the quintessential behind-the-scenes...

24Nov7:10 pmEST

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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) is a respectable adaptation of the iconic novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas. Ultimately, the casting makes the film worthwhile, as you can sense that the actors know they have a tall task in honoring the time-tested novel on the big screen. The novel, of course, has stood the test of time due to its...

18Nov3:32 pmEST

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It is easy to forget that Grumpy Old Men (1993) is a Thanksgiving movie; Well, at least one with a memorable Thanksgiving dinner scene. This film, of course as the titles insinuates, centers around grumpy old men and their feuds. Here, you get a winning comedy with legends like Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Burgess Meredith (pictured above),...

03Nov9:05 pmEST

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The first season of the YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai , which is the follow-up to The Karate Kid (1984), as well as the sequel, functions initially as a curious "where are they know?" long overdue update.  But after that, we have the makings of an excellent series. Ralph Macchio has been known to be rather picky in terms of him advancing...

21Oct12:33 pmEST

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The Wrestler (2008) is easily the finest work of Mickey Rourke's career, as he excels in a low budget but high quality production. To be frank, I have never been much of a fan of WWE, but it would be a mistake to pass up this film. You are talking about great storytelling, acting, and universal themes all in play. The film makes you care...

06Oct10:27 pmEST

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Several weeks ago on my primary Twitter account I mentioned how impressed I was with Land of Mine (2015), as I considered it to be a superior war film to that of Dunkirk (2017). Although Dunkirk features impressive action sequences and a quality soundtrack, the film did not run particularly deep--It was the epitome of a Hollywood...

29Sep10:51 pmEST

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Simply put,  Leaving Las Vegas (1995) is a beautiful film. You may hear others use different adjectives, such as "sad," "depressing," even "gross," but there is no denying the quality of the character development. And there is certainly no denying the powerful performances by Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue.  The soundtrack is legendary, and...

23Sep12:21 pmEST

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Directed by now-famous Danny Boyle,  T2 Trainspotting  (2017) is a commendable sequel to the original Trainspotting (1996), which I still consider to have been one of the best films of the 1990s. Set in and around Edinburgh, Scotland, T2 combines the "where are they now?" of the original cast of characters, impressively portrayed by Ewan...

08Sep12:53 pmEST

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Another 9/11 commemoration is fast-approaching this coming week, as the anniversary falls on a Tuesday this year. As we know 9/11/2001 occurred on a Tuesday. And this upcoming seventeenth anniversary seems surreal in terms of how many years have since passed.  One film which did not receive nearly enough acclaim for its poignant, minimalist,...

02Sep7:25 amEST

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Ed Wood (1994) pulls off the feat of trying to make a very good movie about a real-life terrible film director. This would be one of many famous collaborations between Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp. Memorable performances by Depp, Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker make this black and white comedy-drama worth watching.

25Aug9:53 pmEST

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Currently available on Amazon Prime,  Good Time (2017) displays New York City grit about as well as any film in recent memory. The film is a showcase for the talents of directors Josh and Benny Safdie, two brothers who grew up in Queens and Manhattan.  In the film, Benny Safdie plays the brother to the more dominant Robert Pattinson (the...

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