Movie Review: IT CHAPTER TWO

IT CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor Writer: Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 6, 2019 As its title indicates, IT CHAPTER TWO is a sequel to 2017’s IT. Both are adapted from Stephen King’s novel. IT director Andy Muschietti is back, as is screenwriter Gary Dauberman (credited solo this time after being one of three writers credited on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Simon Kinberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 7, 2019 DARK PHOENIX is okay. If that sounds like less than a ringing endorsement, this is because the movie doesn’t hum with the invention and joy of the best X-MEN movies. On the other hand, it’s clear and coherent, takes on a few issues previously unmentioned in the film series, and has some action sequences that work very well. Apart from THE WOLVERINE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MOLLY’S GAME

MOLLYS GAME movie poster | ©2017 STX

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: STX Release Date: December 28, 2017  MOLLY’S GAME is the theatrical film directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay, based on Molly Bloom’s autobiographical book. Sorkin created THE WEST WING and THE NEWSROOM, won an Oscar for his screenplay for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and is widely considered one of the best screenwriters working today. While it’s not all that he does, Sorkin has written a number of fact-based, somewhat biographical […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

THE HUNTSMAN WINTERS WAR | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulis and Craig Mazin, based on characters created by Evan Daugherty Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 22, 2016 THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is being billed as a prequel to 2012’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, but it’s actually a wraparound, beginning before the earlier film, then jumping ahead to seven years later. It’s a decent enough fantasy adventure on its own terms, though despite the title, the real star here isn’t so much Chris Hemsworth, reprising […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRIMSON PEAK

CRIMSON PEAK | © 2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins Director: Guillermo Del Toro Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date (theatrical): October 16, 2015 CRIMSON PEAK is as Gothic as it gets. Set in 1901 New York and northern England, it is not a ghost story, but rather, as our heroine Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) says of her own writing, “a story with ghosts.” This isn’t to suggest that the ghosts aren’t quite scary when they appear, but it’s the mortals who drive the unabashed melodrama forward. Edith is the devoted, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the INTERSTELLAR Los Angeles Premiere

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves McConaughey at the Los Angeles Premiere of INTERSTELLAR | ©2014 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of INTERSTELLAR recently at the TCL Chinese Theatre and the cast all came out and of course the fans. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Timothee Chalamet, Christopher Nolan (Director/Producer/Co-Screenwriter), Lynda Obst and Emma Thomas (Producers) and Hans Zimmer (Composer). Joining the stars were guests, which included: John Savage, Blanca Blanco, Jess Weixler, Tessa Thompson, Bruce Caulk, Brad Grey, Camila Alves McConaughey. INTERSTELLAR is now playing nationwide. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Follow […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INTERSTELLAR

INTERSTELLAR movie poster | ©2014 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan Director: Christopher Nolan Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 7, 2014 The term “hard science fiction” means that the subject matter involves actual science, rather than the type of science fiction like, say, STARGATE, where the science only exists to get characters from here to there. INTERSTELLAR is a melding of hard science fiction, interpersonal drama, big action sequences and big ideas. The screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and director Christopher Nolan goes for epic scope, with the fate of both […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler Writer: Ned Benson Director: Ned Benson Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: September 12, 2014 There are in fact three different versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM, the 123-minute edition being released Friday, September 12, and HER and HIM, two other cuts that incorporate portions of THEM. Together, HER and HIM run a total of 210 minutes; these will be released in New York and Los Angeles on October 10. All three ELEANOR RIGBY films deal with […]Read On »

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MAMA Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

MAMA | (c) 2013 Universal 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: MAMA  – A pretty good but pretty sad horror flick about two girls that get lost once their father goes off the deep end and takes them to a remote shack in the middle of nowhere after killing his wife. As he just about kills the girls […]Read On »

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