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Posted: 12/24/2013 - 14 comment(s)
Hugh Jackman returns in this latest entry in the Marvel super hero series currently available on DVD and to download. The plot is about the Wolverine , who is retired from super hero duties, being called to Japan to say good bye to an old friend who is dying. Of course, complications arise and that's when the action starts. The special effects are very well done. This the sort of movie that, if you are a fan of the genre, you will enjoy it greatly. I watched it with my comic book nerd nephew and he loved it, but...
Posted: 12/24/2013 - 10 comment(s)
This is the latest effort from highly regarded writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Oscar Isaac. It's the story of a week in the life of a young, but somewhat arrogant folk singer trying to make it in 1961 Greenwich Village. Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake have small roles also. As with all Coen Brothers movies, it won't be to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed it thouroughly. Isaac does a wonderful job in the lead role, and the Coen's casted some quirky character actors in ...
Posted: 12/22/2013 - 10 comment(s)
Zack Snyder directs this latest rebooting of the "Superman" franchise. British actor Henry Cavill puts on the tights and cape and Amy Adams and Micheal Shannon have co-starring roles. There are a number of big names in small roles such as Russell Crowe,  Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. The plot takes a different take on the origin of Superman and quite a while before he does some super hero things. The special effects are well done as you would expect, but there are some weird chrono...
Posted: 12/20/2013 - 13 comment(s)
Admission stars Tina Fey, and Paul Rudd with Wally Shawn and Lily Tomlin in supporting roles, and is directed by Paul Weitz. The plot has Tina playing an admissions officer at an Ivy League university and Paul Rudd playing a teacher who is trying to get a brilliant, but unusual student into the school. Frankly, this is one of the great disappointments of the year for me. I'm a huge fan of Tina's comedy work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and the other lead actors are all good, but this movie is just way...
Posted: 12/4/2013 - 11 comment(s)
This is a documentary film in limited releases which covers the career of 1960's songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder) who was the writer/co-writer of a number of huge hits such as "Teenager in love", "Save the Last Dance For Me", "This Magic Moment", "Viva Las Vegas", and "Can't get Used to Losing You". It's an interesting look at the music industry from the 1950's to the 1980's. I have been aware of Pomus's career for some years but the ...
Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11 comment(s)
Director Alexander Payne returns with this interesting story of an old man who thinks he won a million dollar prize from a magazine marketing company and out of pity, his son decides to drive him from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick up the prize. Bruce Dern plays the old man and Will Forte plays the son. June Squibb, Stacey Keach and Bob Odenkirk have supporting roles. The cast all did wonderful work in their roles, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them are nominated for awards. The movie is shot in ...
Posted: 11/23/2013 - 8 comment(s)
Thanks to Saveland , I attended an advance screening for this new movie starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder & Kate Bosworth. This is a straight up, old school action flick, which is not surprising because the script was written by Sylvester Stallone who wisely decided he was too old to play the lead role. Statham plays a retired US DEA agent who lives in a small southern town where a feud with a family of white trash hillbillies brings people from his past back to get even with him. If you ca...
Posted: 11/22/2013 - 9 comment(s)
Thanks to dorkshelf.com I attended a screening of this new comedy starring Vince Vaughn. The movie is an English language version of the Quebecois film "Starbuck" which starred Patrick Huard and was a huge hit in Quebec. The plot is that slacker Vaughn made numerous donations to a sperm bank 20 years ago, and as a result he has fathered 533 children who now are brining a lawsuit to find out who their biological father is. Chris Pratt, from NBC's "Parks & Recreation" co-stars as Vaughn'...
Posted: 11/17/2013 - 7 comment(s)
This film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. It's about the rivalry between F1 race car drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda in the 1970's. If you are a fan of racing or the two drivers you will probably love this film, it's well crafted and moves along at a good pace. Not knowing anything or having any interest in racing, I found it a bit tedious in spots, but I enjoyed the racing scenes. It's promoted as a Chris Hemsworth film, but to me the real star was Daniel Bru...
Posted: 11/12/2013 - 12 comment(s)
Micheal Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline are the leads in this new comedy currently in general release. It's about four old friends from Brooklyn who are approaching 70, reuniting to have a bachelor party for one of them who is marrying a much younger woman. Despite the high power stars who do the best they can with a weak script, I find this totally predictable and most of the jokes fall flat or are very corny. Mary Steenburgen has a supporting role as a Las Vegas lounge singer who become...
Posted: 11/9/2013 - 12 comment(s)
This is a new film directed, written and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Scarlett Johannson and Juliane Moore co-star.  He plays a New Jersey man who objectifies women, but can only find sexual satisfaction by watching porn. and embarks to find the relationship that can fufill him. The film won't be be for everyone because of the highly sexual plot. An older couple walked out 15 minutes into the showing we attended visibly offended. I found the screenwriting and the performances very well done. My only real ...
Posted: 10/29/2013 - 8 comment(s)
Thanks to Criticize This, I won passes to this new film directed by Canada's Jean Marc Vallee which will be in general release on Nov. 1st. It stars Matthew McConaghy, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. The film takes place in 1985 and it's about a homophobic Dallas electrician who is diagnosed with the Aids virus and his battle to use alternative forms of treatment when the US Food and Drug Administration is only allowing one drug to be tested. The film shows some interesting facts like how the FDA is hea...
Posted: 10/25/2013 - 13 comment(s)
This is 2013 release starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in a bloody take off of the famous children's fable. In this version, they are adults who are sort of bounty hunters who spend their time chasing witches from villages. If blood and gore bother you, stay away from this one because there are enough decapitations and massacres to satisfy the most bloodthirst viewer. Despite this, the movie was done with it's toungue firmly placed in the cheek, and there are numerous chuckles throughout. Perhaps thi...
Posted: 10/22/2013 - 12 comment(s)
Thanks to ACTRA Toronto & Cineplex I won passes to see this controversial movie directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl as the activists involved in the famous Wikileaks scandal. It's a balanced film which gives you the background behind one of the biggest news events of the past few years, The leads are supported by a fine supporting cast of US and UK actors such as Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. The movie runs 2 hours and 8 minutes...
Posted: 10/17/2013 - 12 comment(s)
Thanks to Movie Knight, I got to attend a screening of this highly praised film which won the fan favourite award at this years TIFF. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Soloman Northup, a free man who is kidnapped into slavery and he does an amazing job. The film goes into a brutal description of slavery in the southern US, and can be difficult to watch at times. There are many familiar faces in small roles such as Paul Giametti, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, and Brad Pitt ...