Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES

THE HUNGER GAMES final poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland Writers: Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 23, 2012 Not having read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel THE HUNGER GAMES, this reviewer can only report secondhand on the film version’s fidelity to the source material (according to those who have read the book, it’s fairly close). As to how well the HUNGER GAMES movie stands up on its own, it is a good […]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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Interview: CAPTAIN AMERICA composer Alan Silvestri throws his mighty shield

CAPTAIN AMERICA soundtrack | ©2011 Walt Disney Records

When it comes to the sound of military heroism, few of today’s movie composers can signal an old-school orchestral brass salute like Alan Silvestri. From bombastically playing the dark march of Stallone’s JUDGE DREDD to capturing the steely commando skills of Schwarzenegger in ERASER and PREDATOR, this one-time synthesist for the easygoing motorcycle cops of CHiPS has become the go-to composer for the epic sound of super soldiers, most recently with the wisecracking adventure of THE A-TEAM and the techno-symphonic gadgets wielded by the G.I. JOE squadron. For a composer who always brings out the big thematic guns in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

CAPTAIN AMERICA - final movie poster | ©2011 Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Director: Joe Johnston Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2011 There’s nothing terribly wrong with CAPTAIN AVENGER: THE FIRST AVENGER as these things go. Chris Evans is likable and puts conviction into the title role, one Steve Rogers of Brooklyn, who desperately wants to enlist and fight for his country during WWII. Alas, Steve doesn’t meet the U.S. Army’s health requirements, but he is ultimately brought into an experimental unit. Thanks to a […]Read On »

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Profile: BURLESQUE star Cher takes five on singing, acting and being immature

Cher in BURLESQUE | © 2010 Screen Gems

In the new dramedy musical BURLESQUE (which opens today), singer-actress Cher plays Tess, a former dancer and now owner of a failing Los Angeles burlesque lounge. When small-town Iowa gal Ali (Christina Aguilera) shows up with big dreams, Tess finally finds the secret ingredient to breathe new life into her business. Having focused more on her singing than acting over the last few years, Cher found it liberating to return back into film, as she takes five with us to discuss BURLESQUE, singing on screen and being immature. TAKE 1: On the movie being much more fun to work on […]Read On »

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