Movie Review: NIGHT HUNTER

NIGHT HUNTER movie poster | ©2019 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Minka Kelly, Ben Kingsley, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Eliana Jones, Sara Thompson, Brendan Fletcher, Emma Tremblay Writer: David Raymond Director: David Raymond Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: September 6, 2019 NIGHT HUNTER is one of those internationally-made thrillers that is competent and well-cast enough to be diverting, but without a solid structure. Set in Minneapolis (and shot in Canada), NIGHT HUNTER stars Henry Cavill, using his real-life English accent, as police homicide detective Marshall, who has been tracking a prolific rapist/murderer for years. Marshall crosses paths with former judge Cooper (Ben […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) movie poster | ©2016 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray (voice), Ben Kingsley (voice), Idris Elba (voice), Christopher Walken (voice), Scarlett Johansson (voice), Lupita N’yong’o (voice), Giancarlo Esposito (voice) Writer: Justin Marks, based on the books by Rudyard Kipling Director: Jon Favreau Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 15, 2016 For those familiar with THE JUNGLE BOOK, via the animated 1967 Disney version, any of the other multiple film adaptations, the original Rudyard Kipling books, or some combination thereof, there is something indelible about the story. Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves in a jungle in India, is completely at home in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SELF/LESS

SELF/LESS movie poster | ©2015 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Michelle Dockery Writers: David Pastor & Alex Pastor Director: Tarsem Singh Distributor: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures Release Date: July 10, 2015 There are a number of problems with SELF/LESS, but much could have been forgiven if the movie had gotten one thing right. Anyone who has seen the trailer knows that the set-up consists of dying billionaire Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) paying a huge amount of money to have his consciousness put into another body (Ryan Reynolds). The body in question is reportedly lab-grown, […]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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Interview: Robert Downey Jr. suits up again for IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. in IRON MAN 3 | ©2013 Marvel Studios/Disney

If last year’s THE AVENGERS was any indication, Marvel Studios knows how to manage its stable of comic book characters in film and how to maximize storylines, characters and talent over the course of multiple movies. Anchoring THE AVENGERS was Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, aka Iron Man and now he’s back flying solo again with IRON MAN 3. Although this could be viewed as a direct sequel to THE AVENGERS (Stark has post-traumatic stress from saving the world from invading aliens), the latest film directed by Shane Black (taking over from Jon Favreau) grounds the film in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HUGO

HUGO movie poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Jude Law Writer: John Logan, based on the novel THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick Director: Martin Scorsese Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 23, 2011 Anyone not acquainted with the subject matter of Brian Selznick’s book THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET might wonder what about it caused Martin Scorsese to decide to make a family film. The attraction becomes clear while watching director Scorsese’s HUGO, from John Logan’s screenplay […]Read On »

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