Movie Review: THE BANKER

THE BANKER movie poster | ©2020 Apple TV+

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, Jessie T. Usher, Colm Meaney, Scott Johnson Writers: Niceole R. Levy & George Nolfi and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger, story by Brad Kane and David Lewis Smith & Stan Younger Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Apple TV+ Release Date: March 6, 2020 (theatrical); March 20, 2020 (Apple TV+) THE BANKER is based on the real-life story of Bernard S. Garrett (played here by Anthony Mackie) and Joseph B. Morris (Samuel L. Jackson). The two men joined forces to become real estate magnates and eventually bankers in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DETROIT

DETROIT movie poster | © 2017 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: John Boyega, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Lattimore, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever Writer: Mark Boal Director: Kathryn Bigelow Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: July 28, 2017 DETROIT for much of its running time plays as a fact-based horror movie. Although it is set against the backdrop of the conflagration that occurred in the title city during July 1967, DETROIT is actually about one specific incident. At least in the film, written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (the same team from THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY), the initial breaking […]Read On »

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ALL THE WAY: Director Jay Roach on new telefilm – Exclusive Interview

ALL THE WAY poster | ©2016 HBO

ALL THE WAY, Robert Schenkkan’s drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement in 1964, won Tony Awards for Original Play and Bryan Cranston’s lead performance. Now director Jay Roach has brought ALL THE WAY to HBO as a telefilm, premiering Saturday, May 21. Schenkkan adapted the script and Cranston reprises his role as LBJ; Anthony Mackie portrays Dr. King. Although also known for big-screen comedies (the AUSTIN POWERS films, MEET THE PARENTS), Roach has had a very rewarding relationship doing politically-themed fare for HBO. As both director and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Walt Disney/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, based on characters created by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: May 6, 2016 Awhile back, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES show runner David Abramowitz described that enterprise as “a Talmudic discussion with ass-kicking.” That assessment frequently springs to mind while watching […]Read On »

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CREED highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release for March 1, 2016

CREED | © 2016 Warner Home Video

This week there are some really good films out including THE DANISH GIRL and ROOM that took home Oscars at the recent Academy Awards but also others that didn’t make the cut at the awards show. This week also marks the debut of many 4K titles being released. For those that don’t know, 4K is the ultra HD version of movies that looks even that much better than Blu-ray, bringing an even better experience to home video. Movies: CREED – Call it ROCKY VII, call it a reboot, call it a re-imagining, call it late for dinner, there is one […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRIPLE 9

TRIPLE 9 | © 2016 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet Writer: Matt Cook Director: John Hillcoat Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: February 26, 2016 TRIPLE 9 – that is, 999 – is the U.S. police radio code for “officer down” (it’s also the British equivalent of dialing 911). When the signal is sent out, virtually every officer in the city converges on the site of the incident, leaving very few cops to deal with other crimes that may be happening at the same time. In TRIPLE 9, a gang of Atlanta, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

Our Brand is Crisis | © 2015 Warner Bros

Rating: R Stars: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella Writer: Peter Straughan, inspired by the documentary by Rachel Boynton Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 30, 2015 “Inspired” by Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS explores what happens during and after a political campaign in Bolivia is run by American consultants. The fictional film, directed by David Gordon Green and scripted by Peter Straughan, is often insightful and thought-provoking. Unfortunately and perhaps ironically, this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | © 2015 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader (voice), Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Linda Cardellini Writer: Joss Whedon, based on characters created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Disney/Marvel Release Date: May 1, 2015 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is mostly what’s it should be and what’s expected – a superhero movie with slam-bang action, engaging characters, snappy dialogue and the fate of the world in the balance. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER | © 2014 Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Ed Brubaker, based on the comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 4, 2014 Whether you’re tracking the Marvel universe in all its interwoven facets – IRON MAN, THOR, THE AVENGERS, AGENTS OF SHIELD on TV – or just enjoying (or not) the individual projects as they appear, some of the story developments in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER are surprising. […]Read On »

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