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16Jun8:42 amEST

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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...

01Jun10:53 pmEST

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Currently available for full viewing on Amazon Prime, the overlooked but top shelf American crime/drama series that aired on CBS  from 1987 to 1990, Wiseguy , is well worth your time.  The show stars Ken Wahl as an undercover operative for the FBI under the supervision of senior agent, played by a young(er) Jonathan Banks.  Although the...

27May2:34 pmEST

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On this Memorial Day, I am going to re-recommend an overlooked mini-series. Whereas Band of Brothers (2001) deservedly received much attention and praise for its ten-part portrayal on HBO of the real-life "Easy Company" paratroopers on the western front in World War II, The Pacific (2010) is decidedly underrated. The Pacific was HBO's...

19May11:44 amEST

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Directed by the great John Ford (based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May of the same name), set during the Texas–Indian wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), The Searchers (1956) is a classic John Wayne picture. This is a slice of Americana if there ever...

12May12:44 pmEST

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Starring Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck (1987) is available on Amazon Prime and is well worth a viewing with mom on this Mother's Day. The film is well over thirty years old at this point, but still stands the test of time with its timely humor and emotional depth.  via Amazon Prime: In her Academy Award winning role, Cher, while waiting...

04May9:12 pmEST

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Depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem, Mel Gibson's  The Passion of the Christ (2004) is currently available on Amazon Prime and is worth a viewing. Note that this applies to everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs and views on religion in general--You can tell that...

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 imdb.com ...

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...

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