Movie Review: THE BEGUILED

The cast of THE BEGUILED | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Oona Lawrence, Emma Howard Writer: Sofia Coppola, based on the novel A PAINTED DEVIL by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by John B. Sherry and Grimes Grice Director: Sofia Coppola Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 23, 2017 The new film THE BEGUILED, directed and written by Sofia Coppola, is not the first film adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s novel A PAINTED DEVIL. In 1971, Don Siegel directed a screenplay by John B. Sherry (the pen name of Albert Maltz) and Grimes Grice (the pen name […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell Writers: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly Director: Theodore Melfi Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2016 Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are historical figures whose fame is long overdue. All three were key NASA personnel during the Mercury 7 project and went on to stellar careers. However, both because they are women and because they are black, their contributions have been largely overlooked until now HIDDEN […]Read On »

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FARGO: Zahn McClarnon on criminal family values – Exclusive Interview

Zach McClamon is Ohanzee Dent in FARGO - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/ Mathias Clamer

In Season 2 of FX Network’s FARGO, Mondays at 10 PM, Zahn McClarnon plays Hanzee Dent, who has all of the responsibilities and none of the advantages of being an adopted son of the Gerhardt criminal family. FARGO is adapted for television by Noah Hawley, based on the film of the same name, takes the general concept and atmosphere of the 1996 feature film, but has different characters, different eras and different plots for each season. This season, we’re in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota, where the Gerhardts are clashing with a mob from Kansas City, Missouri, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY movie poster | ©2014 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Hossein Amini Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: September 26, 2014 If Alfred Hitchcock were in a low-key mood – no crop-dusters or briefcase bombs – he might have made something like THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, the directing debut of Hossein Amini, who adapted the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. In fact, Amini has taken pains to make JANUARY look as though it was made in the year it takes place, 1962, when Hitchcock was still active, with […]Read On »

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Recap of the LA FILM FESTIVAL 2014

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It’s come to this: either the LA Kings have to stop winning hockey championships or the LA Film Festival has to change it’s dates or location. Held at the massive and massively impressive LA Live Center it includes the Regal Cinema complex that boasts one screen so large it’s “the biggest movie experience in Los Angeles.” It also is adjacent to the Staples Center where the Kings play (and insist on keep on winning). The Kings and the LA Film Festival are both part of the rebirth of the downtown area but it may be becoming too much of a […]Read On »

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