Movie Review: PERCY VS GOLIATH

PERCY VS GOLIATH movie poster | ©2021 Saban Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Christopher Walken, Roberta Maxwell, Christina Ricci, Zach Braff, Martin Donovan, Peter Stebbings, Luke Kirby Writers: Garfield L. Miller and Hilary Pryor Director: Clark Johnson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: April 30, 2021 PERCY VS GOLIATH is a diverting, folksy courtroom drama. It is based on a real court case, against the food and chemical giant Monsanto, no less. That aspect alone holds interest. The real Percy Schmeiser seems to have been a fairly different sort of person than he’s depicted here, as played by Christopher Walken. Looking up basic facts about him online suggests that he wasn’t […]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: EDDIE THE EAGLE

EDDIE THE EAGLE | © 2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken Writers: Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, story by Simon Kelton Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 26, 2016 EDDIE THE EAGLE is a movie that shouldn’t work. This isn’t because the subject matter isn’t engaging – a late-coming rookie to a death-defying sport who makes the Olympics is perfectly cinematic in narrative and visual terms. However, the fictional treatment of how real-life Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards achieved fame is so broad that there a character literally does a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Oliver Platt on THE BIG C HEREAFTER

Laura Linney and Oliver Platt in THE BIG C HEREAFTER | ©2013 Showtime/David M. Russell

In Showtime’s dark comedy THE BIG C, created by Darlene Hunt, Laura Linney’s Cathy Jamison has been coping in every possible way – humorously, emotionally, fighting, raging, accepting – with terminal cancer. The fourth mini-season, consisting of four episodes in an arc entitled THE BIG C: HEREAFTER, concludes in the series finale Monday May 20, with Cathy reaching the end of her journey with her husband Paul (Oliver Platt) Platt has played Cathy’s sometimes self-centered but ultimately loving husband Paul through the series’ four years. Platt is a Canadian native who, as the son of a diplomat, traveled extensively in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Anthony Anderson on GUYS WITH KIDS

Anthony Anderson on GUYS WITH KIDS | (c) 2013 Vivian Zink/NBC

On NBC’s half-hour comedy GUYS WITH KIDS, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, Anthony Anderson plays Gary, a stay-at-home father who tends to the family brood while his wife Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe) works for the family income.Gary spends a fair amount of time hanging out with his baby, while in the company of fellow dads Chris (Jesse Bradford) and Nick (Zach Cregger) and their own offspring. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Anderson is no stranger to comedy, having created and starred in the series ALL ABOUT THE ANDERSONS, playing a fictionalized version of himself. Among many other comedy credits, he has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE IRISHMAN

KILL THE IRISHMAN movie poster | ©2011 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters, based on the book TO KILL THE IRISHMAN by Rick Porrello Director: Jonathan Hensleigh Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Release Date: March 11, 2011 According to the press notes on KILL THE IRISHMAN – and there’s no reason to doubt them – 36 bombs went off in Cleveland during the summer of 1976 alone, courtesy of a ferocious gang war. These days, who remembers or ever knew organized crime was that active and that angry in the Midwest? Rick Porrello, now a […]Read On »

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