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Movie Review: OUT OF THE FURNACE

OUT OF THE FURNACE movie poster | ©2013 Relativity Media

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bower, Sam Shepard Writers: Brad Ingelsby and Scott Cooper Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: December 6, 2013 OUT OF THE FURNACE is a film that seeks to pull deep meaning out of what feels like the closed-ended plot of an episode of a cable series, like JUSTIFIED or BOARDWALK EMPIRE. It is meant to be a heartfelt tale of loss and revenge, but despite some fine performances, the characters are underwritten. There’s only so much emotion we can feel when symbolism …Read On »

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Movie Review: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz Writer: William Nicholson, based on the autobiography by Nelson Mandela Director: Justin Chadwick Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: November 29, 2013 Nelson Mandela, who spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged to become the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, is a man who has earned not only respect but study. His story is epic, complex, full of turns and an illustration of what can be accomplished with the right combination of will, wit, charisma, conviction and patience. What Mandela’s …Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN

FROZEN movie poster | ©2013 Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Tudyk Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris, inspired by THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen Music and Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2013 A consistently delightful animated feature, action-packed, beautiful to watch and studded with strong show tunes, FROZEN harks back to the Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. FROZEN ventures further from its source …Read On »

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Movie Review: OLDBOY

OLDBOY movie poster | ©2013 FilmDistrict

Rating: R Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the 2003 film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the manga comics by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi Director: Spike Lee Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: November 27, 2013 Sometimes, translation isn’t just a matter of words. Events and actions and motives that play one way in one culture look and feel very different when transposed to another country where sensibilities are different. This is likewise true of changing mediums – something that works gangbusters on the page may not translate to live-action and …Read On »

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Movie Review: PHILOMENA

PHILOMENA movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley Writers: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE by Martin Sixsmith Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: The Weinstein Company Release Date: November 22, 2013 It’s helpful to go into PHILOMENA knowing that Martin Sixsmith, who wrote the nonfiction book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE, and Philomena Lee herself are both real people. So (alas) are the conditions young, unmarried pregnant women were forced into in Irish nunneries …Read On »

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THE WORLD’S END Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE WORLDS END | (c) 2013 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies THE WORLD’S END – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite with Edgar Wright (of course, they previously teamed up for SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ) for a third film of drunken debauchery, killer alien robots and lots of zany craziness in THE WORLD’S END. In …Read On »

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Movie Review: I AM ZOZO

I AM ZOZO movie poster | ©2013 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb Courtney, Caleb Debattista, Darren Wayne Evans Writer: Scott Di Lalla Director: Scott Di Lalla Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Home Video Release Date: November 19, 2013 I AM ZOZO has one big plus going in for older horror films fans and/or fans of older horror films: unlike every other ultra-low-budget movie (horror and other) in what feels like forever, director/writer Scott Di Lalla decided to shoot his narrative feature debut on actual film. Yes, it’s Super 8mm, but it looks surprisingly good. Moreover, it has a look that harks back to the …Read On »

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Film Festival Report: Best Bits from the 2013 AFI FEST

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With a deft blend of Hollywood A-list films (Tom Hanks in SAVING MR BANKS, Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY) and odd, out of the way fare (the acclaimed documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, the slapstick comedy AWFUL NICE), the recent AFI FEST 2013 didn’t not disappoint. Held over the course of eight days once again in the heart of Hollywood, AFI took over the Chinese Theater complex on Hollywood Blvd and for the fifth straight year gave away tickets to all the screenings. Headquarters was in the historic Roosevelt Hotel with several floors roped off into an assortment of …Read On »

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

WHITE HOUSE DOWN | (c) 2013 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies WHITE HOUSE DOWN – I could have sworn I just watched this movie not too long ago. You know, a story about an attack on the White House and all of the highly trained guards and Secret Service can’t kill one person but one super bad ass …Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

THOR: THE DARK WORLD poster | ©2013 Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris O’Dowd Writers: Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat Director: Alan Taylor Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: November 8, 2013 THOR: THE DARK WORLD begins with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, King of Asgard, providing a voiceover preface with enough exposition to make us worry that the story has stopped in its tracks before it has even begun. …Read On »

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