Film Reviews

Review: Jupiter Ascending

A girl from the “projects” rather stay put than be the hereditary Queen of a bunch of planets including Earth. Reincarnation gets a slap in the face. The reconstituted Queen hates her kids. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kuis), a downtrodden Russian … Continue reading

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Review: Still Alice

At age fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) has it all: a Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband, and three loving children. Her life is a whirlwind of work and family, and she thrives on it. Flying to L.A, Alice … Continue reading

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Review: “Blackhat”

Michael Mann has made some good movies. BLACKHAT is not one of them. Russell Crowe angered many A-list Hollywood actresses by declaring last week that there are plenty of roles for middle-aged women in Hollywood – if only actresses acted … Continue reading

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Review: “Big Eyes”

From the whimsical mind of director Tim Burton, “Big Eyes” tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered though: Walter’s works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). Continue reading

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Rob Goald’s Top 10 Films of 2014

2014 was a challenging year for the motion picture business and the place of movies in our society and its culture. While the formula of the tent pole still prevails, the independent film saved the day aesthetically by delivering excellence … Continue reading

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Review: “The Theory of Everything”

OUT OF 4 Director James Marsh (“Man on Wire”), with this film, has once again made the transition superbly from documentary to narrative filmmaking with this brilliant portrait of world famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking. The film, adapted by Anthony McCarten, … Continue reading

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Review: “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood biopics infantilizes its audiences. If someone’s true story ended badly, it’s the text epilogue that tells us what happened. When Hollywood does another biopic of Jesus’s life they will leave out the crucifixion. We can’t handle seeing the truth … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

 

There should be nominations and awards for all involved – Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay and Cinematography. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) was a mega-movie star twenty years ago playing a costumed superhero, similar to the early … Continue reading

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Film Review: “John Wick”

 

The brilliant frontrunner of the genre. Hail the return of Reeves back on top in this exciting “kill-them-all” aria. The soundtrack is fantastic. Keanu, stay with this franchise and away from romantic movies. I’ve seen this scenario in over a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fury”

 

Director-writer David Ayer (“Training Day”,”End of Watch”) depicts the last days of World War II with precision and exacting skill. It is a good, solid film… Continue reading

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