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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH

THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 poster | ©2014 Relativity/Hammer

Stars: Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Oaklee Pendergast, Jeremy Irvine, Leanne Best Writer: Jon Croker based on a story by Susan Hill Director: Tom Harper Distributor: Relativity / Hammer Films Original Release Date: January 2, 2015 One of the better haunted house films in the last ten years was 2012’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK – an eerie period film that was produced by the newly rejuvenated British film company Hammer. Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, starred in that film which was a great, old school British horror movie with just the right amount of scares and a truly great film ghost …Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

AMERICAN SNIPER movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2014 In AMERICAN SNIPER, Bradley Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, so far the deadliest sharpshooter in U.S. military history. As a Navy SEAL, Kyle made an estimated 160 kills in his four tours of duty in Iraq. As a bare-bones premise, this could have gone any which way. Based on the book by the real Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, Jason Hall’s …Read On »

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Movie Review: UNBROKEN

UNBROKEN movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand Director: Angelina Jolie Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2014 The late Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who passed away earlier this year, was an authentic American hero. After a bit of a wild youth, he buckled down and became an Olympic running champion in the ‘30s. During WWII, Zamperini (played as an adult by Jack O’Connell) was a bombardier aboard a U.S. war plane that was shot down over …Read On »

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Movie Review: INTO THE WOODS

INTO THE WOODS movie poster | ©2014 Walt DIsney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Christine Baranski Writers: Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on their stage musical Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2014 Not to name names, but transferring stage musicals to the screen can be risky business. This is especially true when there are magical elements in the original, because what looks splendid done live can look either cheesy (if copied from the stage) or jarringly …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES poster | ©2014 Warner Bros./MGM/New Line

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aiden Turner, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makeore Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line/MGM Release Date: December 17, 2014 Steal from a dragon, lie to a wizard and underestimate Peter Jackson at your peril. The filmmaker, who first managed to get J.R.R. Tolkien’s sprawling LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy to fit into three movies …Read On »

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | © 2014 Disney Home Video

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: So I’ve missed some time recently … here’s catching up. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Hard to say anything about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY that hasn’t already been said. Marvel has taken a comic book franchise that has had numerous ups and downs but always with a …Read On »

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Movie Review: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde Writers: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 12, 2014 The story of Moses leading the Jews of out slavery in Egypt is one of the better-known tales throughout the world. It’s central to Jewish and Christian Biblical lore, and chances are good that even people who practice other faiths or are not religious at all have heard some version of it. Now director Ridley Scott, with …Read On »

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Movie Review: INHERENT VICE

INHERENT VICE movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Joanna Newsom, Eric Roberts, Michael Kenneth Williams, Martin Donovan, Sasha Pieterse, Hong Chau, Jordan Christian Hearn, Jeannie Berlin Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 12, 2014 Although novelist Thomas Pynchon is a legendary American writer who has so far brought forth eight novels and numerous short stories (in addition to a lot of technical writing), INHERENT VICE is the first of his works to make it to …Read On »

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Movie Review: POKER NIGHT

POKER NIGHT movie poster | ©2014 XLerator Media

Rating: R Stars: Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Lange, Titus Welliver, Halston Sage, Ron Eldard, Michael Eklund, Kieran Lange Writer: Greg Francis Director: Greg Francis Distributor: XLerator Media Release Date: theatrical, VOD & iTunes December 5, 2014 POKER NIGHT straddles several genres, two of which are so seldom paired that this aspect is a pleasure – the cop film and the anthology film. Not that POKER NIGHT is a straight anthology; in fact, here the framing device is the main story, with a number of vignettes spicing it up and making good use of the supporting cast. Another …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BABADOOK

THE BABADOOK poster | ©2014 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West Writer: Jennifer Kent Director: Jennifer Kent Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: theatrical/VOD, November 28, 2014 Writer/director Jennifer Kent’s film THE BABADOOK pulls off the harder-than-hell trick of keeping us guessing whether what we’re seeing is supernatural or psychological all the way through, without ever making us feel cheated. More, the filmmaker keeps us plenty scared throughout, using the kind of storybook imagery that leaves lifelong impressions. Amelia (Essie Davis) is a single Australian mum who has it very rough. Her beloved husband died in a car crash when …Read On »

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