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Posted: 12/30/2014 - 6 comment(s)
Director, writer and star Chris Rock scores with this new film in which he co stars with Rosario Dawson. Chris plays a comedian who is having a hecric day : he is trying to become a serious actor and is travelling around New York promoting his new film while preparing for his marriage the next day to a reality TV star. He is being followed througout the the day by a New York Times reporter who is doing a profile on him. There are many funny lines by Rock and his fans won't be disappointed. He even does a bit of ...
Posted: 12/28/2014 - 5 comment(s)
A good cast is largely wasted in this new film directed and written by Matthew Weiner of "Mad Men" fame. Owen Wilson, Zach Galifanakis and Amy Poehler star in this film about the friendship between a bi polar disturbed man (Galifanakis) and a slacker TV weatherman (Wilson). It's billed as a comedy - drama, but frankly it's far more dramatic, there are a few scenes which attempt to be humourous but they fail. This is Weiner's first effort at feature films and it's surprising it's not a l...
Posted: 12/27/2014 - 8 comment(s)
This is a sequel to the popular film of 2010. The costumed super hero Kick Ass joins with a group of regular people who don costumes to fight crime in New York. The character Red Mist reappears as the first super villain, The Mother F%$#@!r to get revenge on Kick Ass for the death of his father in the original, and gathers a team of villains to eliminate them. Aaron Taylor Johnson, Chloe Grace Morentz and Christopher Mintz Plasse are the lead actors. This is a film strictly for the fans of the original movie. There ...
Posted: 12/27/2014 - 5 comment(s)
Frank Langella and Christopher Plummer star in this 2013 drama originally shown on HBO. The title is misleading , the film is about the debates on the American supreme court in 1970 when they were debating whether to convict Ali for refusing to be drafted into the American military. Langella and Plummer are good as conservative judges and they are backed by a veteran group of character actors such as Ed Begley Jr., Fritz Weaver and Danny Glover who play some of the other judges on the court. The movie gives a good l...
Posted: 12/26/2014 - 6 comment(s)
This is the new movie which has caused all the recent controversy. Seth Rogen an James Franco star as journalists from a tabloid TV show who get an exclusive interview with the North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. As you would expect in a Seth Rogen movie, the humour is very broad indeed, some jokes hit the mark and other miss by a mile. Randall Park is very good as Kim, and Lizzy Caplan plays the CIA boss. After seeing this, I think the North Koreans would have been bet...
Posted: 12/23/2014 - 4 comment(s)
This is a new British film recently released and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly. It's a biographical movie about the mathematician Alan Turing who designed the machine which broke the German codes in World War ll, which probably shortened the war by two years, saving 14 million lives. The film goes back and forth from the war years to 1951 when Turing was arrested for fomosexual activities, leading to his suicide in 1954. Cumberbatch gives a top notch performance and is backed by a fine group of B...
Posted: 12/23/2014 - 4 comment(s)
Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johannson lead the cast in April 2014 release from the Marvel comic book empire. In this one the organization of SHIELD has been compromised and subverted and Captain America must battle his own organization. As you would expect the special effects are wonderful and probably are the best parts of the movie. In a surprise bit of casting Robert Redford pops up a SHIELD commander with ulterior motives. Samuel L. Jackson steals the movie in my opinion as the brash commander Ni...
Posted: 12/21/2014 - 6 comment(s)
This is the latest entry in the popular series taken from the comic books. The plot is that the X Men send the Wolverine back to the early 1970's  to change the course of history and prevent the assassination of a scientist. An interesting gambit is the casting of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to play younger versions of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. Peter DInklage joins the cast also. This is the sort of movie that if you are a fan of the series, you'll love it, but if you're not a super ...
Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6 comment(s)
Thanks to gofobo I received passes to an advance screening of this new film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It has a star studded cast with Joaquim Pheonix, Josh Brolin, Benico del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Martin Short. It's the story of hippie LA private eye Larry "Doc" Sportello who gets asked by his former girlfriend to conduct an investigation into her new lovers wife. It's a sprawling tale which takes the private eye down many roads into the Los Angeles power structure. Ther...
Posted: 12/18/2014 - 4 comment(s)
Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Ciaran Hinds star in this 2013 British thriller. Two lawyers who are ex-lovers (Bana and Hall) are forced to work together to investigate whether the terrorist they are defending after an attack which killed 120 people has ties to MI-5. They are drawn in to secret world where you can't trust anybody and lives are very disposable. The cast do a good job in raising this predictable spy movie to a higher level. Some of the shots of London and the River Thames are just beau...
Posted: 12/17/2014 - 7 comment(s)
This is a 2014 release which generally played in independant theatres and art houses. It stars Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhall and Michael Fassbender. It's a most unusal film about a British musician who joins a cult American band whose leader never goes anywhere without his head covered by a circular smiley head, It's a bit of a courageous role for Fassbender to play, as his head is covered for most of the film. The performances are all solid and it is a movie with a sardonic sense of humour. It won'...
Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9 comment(s)
This a sequel to the popular 2011 comedy starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis. This time the boys are swindled out of their invention after quitting their jobs and they decide to take revenge by hatching a kidnapping plot. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine and Christoph Walcz take supporting roles in this star studded film. There are a lot of humourous sight gags and good lines in this one which will keep you amused most of the time. It won't win any awards, but it is as amu...
Posted: 12/9/2014 - 4 comment(s)
Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this new film which is playing in indepentant theatres right now. Kline plays a 57 year old impovrished American from New York who inherits a large apartment in Paris after the death of his father. He is surprised to find the apartment occupied by a 92 year old British lady and her middle aged daughter who lived there for decades under an unusual lease arragement. As they get to know each other, they find out secrets which have haunted them all their lives. ...
Posted: 12/8/2014 - 6 comment(s)
Susan Sarandon stars in this 2013 Canadian feature which only had a small release. She plays a detective in the small, fictional Ontario town of Fort Dundas who has to deal with a serial killer. Gil Bellows and Topher Grace plays her fellow officers. Ellen Burstyn plays her mother and Donald Sutherland has a few scenes as a Catholic priest. This is a very dark film which deals with religious cults and has the look of a Scandinavian movie. It certainly won't be to everyone's taste and has quite a few plot hol...
Posted: 12/6/2014 - 5 comment(s)
Liam Neeson stars in this 2014 thriller which was a big hit. He plays a US government air marshal on a flight from New York to London when he starts getting text messages that someone will die on the plane every 20 minutes unless $150,000,000 is paid in ransom. The movie might be unbelieveable and perhaps Liam hams it up a bit too much, but the action scenes are very well done, and the film carries your interest all the way through. Julianne Moore and Corey Stoll (from FX's The Strain) have good supporting roles...