Movie Review: REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster | ©2017 IFC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Hope Davis Writer: Danny Strong, inspired by the book J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE by Kenneth Slawenski Director: Danny Strong Distributor: IFC Release Date: September 8, 2017  Writing is a solitary activity that, unlike some others (bicycling, mountain climbing, even painting), is extremely difficult to make watchable. In bringing the early life of CATCHER IN THE RYE author J.D. Salinger to the screen, REBEL IN THE RYE writer/director Danny Strong deftly surmounts the challenges of the subject matter. Inspired by Kenny Slawenski’s biography J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE, Strong gives us […]Read On »

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REBEL IN THE RYE: Danny Strong on his directorial debut – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

Danny Strong is no stranger to fact-based material. He won Emmys for writing and being one of the producers of GAME CHANGE, the HBO film about the John McCain/Sarah Palin White House run. Before that, Strong, who hails from Manhattan Beach, California, was nominated for an Emmy for writing the HBO movie RECOUNT, about the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Strong and Lee Daniels together created the Fox hit EMPIRE, which returns for its fourth season later this month; Strong directed three episodes of the series. On the feature side, Strong wrote the screenplays for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BABY DRIVER

BABY DRIVER movie poster | ©2017 Sony/TriStar

Rating: R Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, CJ Jones, Jon Bernthal Writer: Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Sony/TriStar Release Date: June 28, 2017 BABY DRIVER has pretty much wall-to-wall music, and almost that much action to go with it. The tale of a very talented, reluctant young driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a crime boss, BABY DRIVER plays like a friendlier version of a Quentin Tarantino movie with more car chases and fewer words. The driver, who calls himself Baby, almost immediately gets a chance to show his stuff, chauffeuring three […]Read On »

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

WHIPLASH | © 2015 Sony Pictures 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: WHIPLASH – One of the first Best Picture films from the Oscars to come to video, this is the powerful tale of an up-and-coming drummer that gets drafted by a big league school for music to sit at the big boys table. Unfortunately, that comes at a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks Writers: Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, characters created by Michael Markowitz Director: Sean Anders Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 26, 2014 2011’s HORRIBLE BOSSES was a pretty funny if not always on-target riff on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 suffers in part because it’s not organized as a riff on anything in particular, and partly because a notable portion of its […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FX president John Landgraf on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM’s Emmy nods and the future of WILFRED

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Key Art | ©2012 FX

Everyone knows that the Emmys never nominate horror programming, which is why FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM is nominated for fifteen Emmys this year – uh, wait a minute. FX President John Landgraf takes some time during a break at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss the Emmy love for his network’s show that has “horror” in its title. The AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM nominations include Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Actress (Jessica Lange, who won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy last year for playing a different role in the series’ first season), Outstanding Supporting Actor (James Cromwell […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARGIN CALL

MARGIN CALL movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci Writer: J.C. Chandor Director: J.C. Chandor Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: October 21, 2011 MARGIN CALL has a foundation in solid drama. After all, the collapse of Wall Street in 2008 had an immediate and horrible effect on many people, with aftershocks that are still being felt today. The film, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, also has a superlative cast, with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, just to name a few of the key actors, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES

HORRIBLE BOSSES movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Donald Sutherland Writers: Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Michael Markowitz Director: Seth Gordon Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: July 8, 2011 Just in case you don’t remember STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, HORRIBLE BOSSES provides a name check. If you have that confused with the 1987 parody version, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, that gets name-checked as well, with a helpful differentiation between the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CASINO JACK

CASINO JACK movie poster | ©2010 ATO

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up. Most Americans have heard of Jack Abramoff, if only because he wound up going to jail. Exactly what he did to land in prison is addressed in CASINO JACK, a pitch-black comedy of greed, crime, politics and the intersection of all three.

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