Movie Review: LAST CHRISTMAS

LAST CHRISTMAS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Lydia Leonard, Peter Mygind, Laura Evelyn, Ingrid Oliver, Jade Anouka Writers: Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings, story by Emma Thompson & Greg Wise Director: Paul Feig Distributor: Universal Release Date: November 8, 2019 How much one will enjoy LAST CHRISTMAS will have a lot to do with how much one likes London, Emilia Clarke, George Michael, and TV-type Christmas fare, not necessarily in that order. Paul Feig directs from a script by Emma Thompson (who also costars) and Bryony Kimmings, from a story by Thompson & Greg […]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: BARNEY THOMSON

BARNEY THOMSON | © 2016 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: R Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Martin Compston, Ashley Jensen, Brian Pettifer, James Cosmo, Sir Tom Courtenay Writers: Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren, adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan, based on the novel THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON by Douglas Lindsay Director: Robert Carlyle Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: March 11, 2016 Scottish actor Robert Carlyle makes his first stab at feature film directing with BARNEY THOMSON. While the setting – urban Glasgow – and the sensibility are perfectly Scottish as well, the movie is more reminiscent of English black comedies like KIND HEARTS AND […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOVE PUNCH

THE LOVE PUNCH movie poster | ©2014 Ketchup Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Laurent Lafitte Writer: Joel Hopkins Director: Joel Hopkins Distributor: Ketchup Entertainment Release Date: May 23, 2014 If THE LOVE PUNCH had come out in the ‘70s, with two big-name stars and its cheery attitude, chances are it would have been a hit. The movie’s problem is that it’s coming out in 2014, and although its particular concerns (corporate raiders, vanishing pension funds) have a timely ring, the overall effect is retro. For some, this will be a plus; for others, this kind of lighthearted thriller seems now […]Read On »

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TROPHY WIFE star Bradley Whitford talks his many loves – Exclusive Interview

Bradley Whitford stars as Pete Harrison on TROPHY WIFE | © 2014 ABC/Michael Ansell

In ABC’S TROPHY WIFE, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, Bradley Whitford plays Pete Harrison, a well-to-do Los Angeles attorney who is on his third marriage to beautiful, buoyant – and younger – Kate, played by Malin Akerman. Pete has kids two kids (Bailee Madison, Ryan Lee) with uptight first ex-wife Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) and a young son (Albert Tsai) with free-spirited but anxious second ex-wife Jackie (Michaela Watkins), so it’s all one big complicated family. Whitford is a film and TV veteran, whose credits include starring roles in THE WEST WING, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP and THE GOOD […]Read On »

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FROZEN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney Home Video

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: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SAVING MR. BANKS

SAVING MR BANKS movie poster | ©2013 Walt DIsney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman Writers: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith Director: John Lee Hancock Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 13, 2013 (limited); December 20, 2013 (wide) Something you realize very early on in SAVING MR. BANKS is that the filmmakers are very fortunate that Emma Thompson exists to play MARY POPPINS author P.L. Travers. As Mrs. Travers (as she insists on being addressed) is written in the screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, the woman is inconsiderate, heedless of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES World Premiere

Alden Ehrenreich at the World Premiere of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures, Alcon Entertainment recently presented the World Premiere of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, a 3 Arts Entertainment/Belle Pictures Production at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Streets were closed from Highland to Orange on the boulevard and fans lined the street to get an autograph and a picture with the stars of the film. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a supernatural love story from the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Gallner, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES | (c) 2013 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson Writer: Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Director: Richard LaGravenese Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 14, 2013 Like its heroine Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), BEAUTIFUL CREATURES fights hard to retain control of its soul. On the one hand, screenwriter/director Richard LaGravanese’s adaptation of the novel (the first in a series) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl has wit, charm and a pair of appealing young leads with Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as her mortal boyfriend Ethan. On the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BRAVE producer Katherine Sarafian talks Scotland, mythology and animating bears

Merida in BRAVE | ©2012 Disney Pixar

In Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar’s new animated feature film BRAVE, we are the misty and magical realm of ancient Scotland, where young Princess Merida (voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald) finds that she must fight to save her family and the kingdom when a magical spell goes awry. BRAVE producer Katherine Sarafian has been working with Pixar since the days when first TOY STORY film was in production during the 1990s. She served in a number of capacities on TOY STORY 2, A BUG’S LIFE, MONSTERS INC. and THE INCREDIBLES and produced the short film LIFTED. BRAVE is Sarafian’s first gig […]Read On »

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