Movie Review: INFERNO

INFERNO movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster Writer: David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Sony Release Date: October 28, 2016 With INFERNO, star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are back for their third go-round with historian Robert Langdon, hero of 2006’s THE DA VINCI CODE and 2009’s ANGELS & DEMONS. All three films are adapted from Dan Brown’s novels. In quality, the film INFERNO sits somewhere between its two predecessors. Neither as much fun as DA VINCI CODE nor as completely silly as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARCRAFT

WARCRAFT | © 2016 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga Writers: Charles Leavitt & Duncan Jones, story and characters by Chris Metzen, based on the Blizzard Entertainment video game Director: Duncan Jones Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 10, 2016 First off, WARCRAFT is a movie. Not just in the sense that it’s getting a theatrical release, with projectors and ticket stubs and popcorn and all that good stuff, but also in the sense that its makers have worked at creating characters who have motivations and relationships and […]Read On »

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CD Review: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO soundtrack

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO soundtrack | ©2016 Silva Screen Records

Though the decades of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic “Supermarionation” shows, the stirring, grandly thematic voice of Barry Gray made audiences believe that a puppet could fly – no more so then when piloting five spaceships called The Thunderbirds. Now spiffed up with a state-of-the-art mix of modelwork and CGI animation, THE THUNDERBIRDS has taken new flight on English TV, and soon America’s Netflix instant. Old school fans will likely miss the charm of wire-controlled marionettes and Gray’s straight-ahead scoring that nicely combined British patriotic pomp with hep 60’s pop. This reboot is pitched straight ahead for an adrenalized tween video […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM | © 2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace Writer: John Hodge, inspired by the book SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 18, 2016 THE PROGRAM begins with a lone cyclist on a paved mountain road, clouds billowing to one side of the cliff as he determinedly pushes forward. This is a fitting introduction to seven-time Tour de France winner/disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong, as played here by Ben Foster. For those who weren’t paying much attention at the time, Lance Armstrong survived cancer in […]Read On »

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Interview: KILL YOUR DARLINGS screenwriters John Krokidas and Austin Bunn

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in KILL YOUR DARLINGS | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

KILL YOUR DARLINGS, just released on Blu-ray and DVD, charts the startling but largely unknown story of a 1940s murder that had a huge effect on the life of then-budding Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, along with Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other later-to-be-famous figures. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ginsberg, with Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer, Jack Huston as Kerouac and Ben Foster as Burroughs. Austin Bunn and John Krokidas wrote the film together, with Krokidas as its director (his first time helming a feature film). The two colleagues, former roommates at Yale, give […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 18, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LONE SURVIVOR

LONE SURVIVOR movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman Writer: Peter Berg, based on the book by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson Director: Peter Berg Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2013 Based on the events of the 2005 Navy SEAL mission Operation Red Wings, LONE SURVIVOR depicts a relatively short but devastating clash between U.S. and Taliban forces in the mountains of Afghanistan. Director/writer Peter Berg has adapted the book by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson in apolitical fashion. We’re following the Navy, so we’re on their side, but the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: October 16, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that Allen Ginsberg […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RAMPART

Rampart movie poster

Rating: R Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ice Cube, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Sammy Boyarsky Writers: James Ellroy and Oren Moverman Director: Oren Moverman Distributor: Millennium Entertainment Release Date: November 23, 2011 (limited release) The film RAMPART takes its title from an area of Los Angeles, the police precinct of that area and the enormous scandal associated with both. For those who don’t remember, in 1999, the LAPD Rampart Division was revealed to have an unusually high percentage of corrupt officers who brutalized, blackmailed and otherwise abused the citizens they were meant […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MECHANIC

THE MECHANIC movie poster | ©2011 CBS Films

Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn Writers: Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino, story by Lewis John Carlino Director: Simon West Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: Jan. 28, 2011 The 1972 original film THE MECHANIC starred Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent and Keenan Wynn. The 2011 remake has Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland, respectively, in the roles. Writer Richard Wenk updated the screenplay, which is also credited to original writer Lewis John Carlino, who gets story credit. The structure is sharp and under Simon West’s direction, the plentiful action is punchy, including one vehicular sequence […]Read On »

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