Movie Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

MARY POPPINS RETURNS | © 2019 Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh Writer: David Magee, screen story by David Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, based on the MARY POPPINS stories by P.L. Travers Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: December 19, 2018 While MARY POPPINS creator P.L. Travers still probably wouldn’t be happy with the new MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the title character, as played by Emily Blunt, feels closer in spirit to Travers’s work than Julie Andrews’s interpretation in the 1964 film. This Mary Poppins is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

BRIDGET JONES' BABY | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey Writers: Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the novels and characters created by Helen Fielding Director: Sharon Maguire Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 16, 2016 In 2001, we had BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding about a London “singleton” who worried incessantly about her weight and getting a boyfriend, not always in that order. In 2004, the main characters from DIARY returned in BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON. That film saw the title heroine, played by Renee Zellweger, apparently happily paired […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE | © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Michael Caine Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: February 13, 2015 It’s hard to know how to quantify KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the movie starts off as a James Bondian superspy adventure, with big action, big violence and upper-class English people who can use strong language with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEVIL’S KNOT

DEVIL'S KNOT movie poster | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Alessandro Nivola, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Martin Henderson, Kevin Durand, James Hamrick, Kristopher Higgins, Seth Meriwether Writers: Paul Harris Boardman & Scott Derrickson, based on the book DEVIL’S KNOT: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE by Mara Leveritt Director: Atom Egoyan Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date: May 9, 2014 Most of us would like to think that something as outrageous, unfair and blatantly ignorant as the Salem witch trials couldn’t happen in modern America. However, when three little boys were murdered in Arkansas in May 1993, there was […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Teddy Sears on MASTERS OF SEX Season 1

Teddy Sears in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Life has gotten very complicated for everyone in Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM. The drama, which has its first-season finale December 15 and has already been renewed for a second season, chronicles both the research and personal lives of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they investigate human sexuality in the 1950s, when their quest was truly revolutionary. Teddy Sears plays Dr. Austin Langham, who as part of the Masters and Johnson study allows himself to be wired up to a graph and observed while having sex, although outside the study, he’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARTHUR NEWMAN

Arthur Newman movie poster | ©2013 Cinedign

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Anne Heche, Lucas Hedges Writer: Becky Johnston Director: Dante Ariola Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: April 26, 2013 For those who have been in depressive funks or at least states of ennui so profound that they’ve produced fantasies of ditching it all and starting over, ARTHUR NEWMAN is here to play out the scenario. Writer Becky Johnston has constructed a hero who, having drifted into, through and out of a life he doesn’t relate to, embarks on a quest with not much more zest than he appeared to possess earlier. This makes ARTHUR […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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THE KING’S SPEECH is one of the Blu-ray and DVD Picks this week

THE KINGS SPEECH | © 2011 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

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 THE KING’S SPEECH – The multi-Oscar-winning film makes its debut on DVD and Blu-ray starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush centering on a prince’s ascension to King at a time of great peril for the country of England. Now normally, I’m not a huge […]Read On »

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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards – The Complete List of Winners

THE KING'S SPEECH wins Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011 | ©2011 A.M.P.A.S.

There’s not much to say about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, except that as much as they promised to be young and hip by hiring James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host, it was still the same old Academy Awards. Translation: few surprises, a dearth of actual laughs and predominantly canned speeches lacking any emotion or wit. That said, THE KING’S SPEECH took home the Best Picture title, while frontrunners Colin Firth won for Best Actor in SPEECH and Natalie Portman for Best Actress in BLACK SWAN. The full list of winners are below … Best Picture Iain Canning, Emile […]Read On »

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