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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...

19Aug1:46 pmEST

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Available on Netflix, Gran Torino (2008) is vintage Clint Eastwood in his twilight years.  I recall watching the film in a theater (which seems like an antiquated concept these days) in Las Vegas right near the depths of the financial crises and that devastating bear market. The audience was instantly gripped and likely fed off Eastwood's...

11Aug4:40 pmEST

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Brick (2005) is a valiant attempt by writer/director Rian Johnson at a neo-noir applied to the millennial generation. Joseph Gordon-Levitt' immense talent, in the leading role which he has cultivated during his decades of experience despite being a relatively young man, certainly helps Johnson's script and direction.  But Johnson's talent...

05Aug12:28 pmEST

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Inspired by Dashiell Hammett's novels Red Harvest (1920) and The Glass Key, the Coen brothers' film, Miller's Crossing (1990), is a stylish neo-noir about feuding gangsters during the Prohibition era.  The film stars Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, and Albert Finney. Clearly, the early stylish fingerprints of the Coen...

28Jul1:18 pmEST

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I alluded to the film in a blog past this week. So, now would be as good a time as any to recommend   Marathon Man (1976), starring the impressive acting trio of  Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, and Roy Scheider.  Written by the great William Goldman, and directed by John Schlesinger, the film hooks you in right from the opening scene and...

22Jul12:20 pmEST

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Seeing as it is new to Netflix this month, I would be remiss not to recommend one of the better films from the 1990s as a whole, not to mention the best film in what many film commentators and historians dub the "gangsploitation" genre prevalent in the early-1990s.  Menace II Society (1993) is a mesmerizing film and a stunning debut for the...

15Jul12:30 pmEST

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Although I wrote a negative review for  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) earlier this year, a much better film which the acclaimed writer/director Martin McDonagh was involved with was In Bruges (2008), which is currently available on Netflix.  The film is the epitome of what a dark comedy should be, and stars Colin Farrell...

07Jul5:19 pmEST

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Available on Amazon Prime,  Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor (2011) is easily one of the best full-length documentaries I have seen in quite a few years. Kudos to co-directors Ken Rodgers and Betty Rodgers (with Ken as the writer) for brilliantly and seamlessly weaving together the stories of fifteen former Marines and Navy Corpsmen who tell...

01Jul10:29 amEST

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On this weekend leading up to Independence Day on the Fourth of July, I think it is appropriate to re-recommend an all-time great television series. And that would be the AMC series, "TURN: Washington's Spies," currently available on Netflix.  This series is a true story; a spy thriller set in the American Revolution. It is fabulously done and...

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