Movie Review: MONEY MONSTER

MONEY MONSTER | © 2016 Sony/Tristar

Rating: R Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Emily Meade Writers: Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, story by DiFiore & Kouf Director: Jodie Foster Distributor: Release Date: May 13, 2016 MONEY MONSTER is almost always entertaining, even when it gets predictable, improbable, or some combination of the two. As movies about the workings of Wall Street go, it has the misfortune to be following THE BIG SHORT while that film – last year’s Oscar winner for Adapted Screenplay – is still in people’s memories. MONEY MONSTER […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SECRET IN THEIR EYES

SECRET IN THEIR EYES movie poster | ©2015 STX Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham Writer: Billy Ray, based on the screenplay for EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS by Juan Jose Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri Director: Billy Ray Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2015 The 2009 Argentinean film EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS was well-reviewed and well-respected. Now an English-language adaptation by director/screenwriter Billy Ray, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, is here, and something seems to have been lost in translation. A lot of key plot points are the same, but whether it’s due to […]Read On »

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OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe trapped in time – interview

Caitriona Balfe stars as Claire in OUTLANDER on Starz | © 2015 Starz

Starz’s OUTLANDER, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels, returns for the second half of its first season Saturday, April 4 at 9 PM, not a moment too soon for its many avid viewers. The season break ended with a cliffhanger. Caitriona Balfe’s character Claire, a married World War II English army nurse, accidentally traveled back to eighteenth-century Scotland. There, she meets two men who rapidly become significant to her. One is stalwart young Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, who gallantly marries Claire to prevent her from being arrested by the local representatives of the English Army. The English garrison […]Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kitsch talks THE NORMAL HEART and LONE SURVIVOR

Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

This is a great week and a half for Taylor Kitsch. The actor, originally from British Columbia, Canada, shot to fame as high school football player Tim Riggins in five seasons of the series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and subsequently starred in the big-screen features JOHN CARTER, BATTLESHIP and SAVAGES. Sunday, May 25, Kitsch can be seen on HBO in the premiere of director Ryan Murphy’s film version of Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART; Kitsch stars as Bruce Niles, a gay man coping with the AIDS crisis in 1981, when the disease had barely been identified and was being actively […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Ruffalo talks THE NORMAL HEART

Mark Ruffalo in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART was first produced off-Broadway in 1985. In real life, Kramer is one of the founders of ACT UP, which describes itself as “a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis,” which was being largely ignored by the government in the Eighties. In NORMAL HEART, the main character Ned Weeks is Kramer’s fictional surrogate, a gay man who is enraged by the indifference he encounters as he tries to get help for his critically ill lover and friends in 1981. Kramer has now adapted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Writer: Tracy Letts, based on his play Director: John Wells Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: December 27, 2013 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY won the 2008 Best Play Tony for its debut Broadway performance, and it’s easy to see why – Tracy Letts’ script is well-constructed and cumulatively devastating. The film version, with a screenplay adapted by Letts and directed by John Wells, opens the play up somewhat by giving us some of the […]Read On »

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News: 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Award Winners

Toronto International Film Festival logo (TIFF)

After 11 days, more than 300 films, 4,743 industry delegates, 180 guest speakers, 57 panels and countless fans the 38th Toronto International Film Festival ended on September 15th. Below are a select number of awards that were given out. BLACKBERRY® PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS This year marked the 36th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film, with the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Steve McQueen for 12 YEARS A SLAVE. First runner up: Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA. Second runner up: Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS.

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Film Festival: By the Numbers at THE 38th ANNUAL TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in GRAVITY | ©2013 Warner Bros.

We’re just past the half way point for the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival and its time to take stock. Here’s the countdown… (or is that count up?) 0: Number of personal letters Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) kept from his affair with an underage girl in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. 2: Number of big buzz films so far. GRAVITY, the 3-D space epic with Sandra Bollock and George Clooney and 12 YEARS A SLAVE starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. 2: Number of endings there are for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the big screen adaptation of the gritty play […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE star Annabeth Gish on the new FX series

Annabeth Gish in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In FX’s freshman series THE BRIDGE, Wednesday nights at 10 PM, beleaguered Juarez,Mexico police detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bechir) teams up with emotionally damaged El Paso,Texas police detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) to solve crimes that straddle the border of their two towns and nations. Besides his massive on the job troubles, Marco has gotten into hot water with his wife (Catalina Sandino Moreno) by sleeping with wealthy Texas widow Charlotte Millwright, played by Annabeth Gish.Charlotte has her own border-crossing issues, namely a tunnel on her property that leads to Juarez, with dangerous parties on both sides wanting to use […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: REVOLUTION star David Lyons talks being the villainous Monroe

David Lyons stars as Monroe on REVOLUTION | (c) 2013 Brownie Harris/NBC

NBC’s REVOLUTION concludes its first season Monday night at 10 PM; it has been renewed for a second year. In the series created by Eric Kripke, we’re in a near-future where electrical power has been absent for fifteen years, though some very bad people have now gotten hold of it. A band of rebels, including Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), is fighting against the depredations of the Monroe Republic. David Lyons plays Sebastian “Bass” Monroe, head of the Monroe Republic and a former friend of Miles. He has an army and working helicopter gunships – what he doesn’t have is emotional […]Read On »

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