Movie Review: TOY STORY 4

TOY STORY 4 movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars (voices): Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Madeleine McGraw, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Ally Maki Writers: Andrew Stanton & Stephanie Folsom, story by John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton & Josh Cooley and Rashida Jones & Will McCormack & Martin Hynes & Stephanie Folsom Director: Josh Cooley Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: June 21, 2019 It’s not fair to judge most movies by the lofty standards of 2010’s TOY STORY 3, which was wildly entertaining, yet so emotionally potent that grown-ups were sobbing in their seats. Reportedly, some […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POST

THE POST movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons Writers: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 29, 2017 A 1970s-set drama about a newspaper in Washington, D.C. may not sound like the feel-good movie of the year. However, for those who felt 2017 was the epitome of an absurdist political nightmare, THE POST may bring perfect holiday cheer. While Watergate ultimately got the bigger press – think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (which this […]Read On »

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THE CIRCLE highlights new Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases this week

THE CIRCLE| © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

  Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE CIRCLE If Facebook and Apple came together and had a baby it would be THE CIRCLE. A company of immense wealth and influence that its devices and social media platform are in the hands of about two-thirds of all Americans. Emma Watson plays a new employee that gets hired in the customer service department but soon finds herself the attention of the CEO played by Tom Hanks as she takes a leap with the new technology the company is pushing to broadcast her life in […]Read On »

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INFERNO highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Jan. 24, 2017

INFERNO | © 2017 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. INFERNO – The third film in THE DA VINCI CODE universe reteaming Ron Howard and Tom Hanks for another adventure involving symbologist Robert Langdon. This time Langdon gets wrapped up in a conspiracy involving DANTE’S INFERNO and he has lost his memory leading him to team with a doctor (played by ROGUE ONE’s Felicity Jones) that tries to help him recover his memories and retrace his steps. Along the way he discovers not only was he complicit in helping the conspiracy gain traction but not everything about […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INFERNO

INFERNO movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster Writer: David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Sony Release Date: October 28, 2016 With INFERNO, star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are back for their third go-round with historian Robert Langdon, hero of 2006’s THE DA VINCI CODE and 2009’s ANGELS & DEMONS. All three films are adapted from Dan Brown’s novels. In quality, the film INFERNO sits somewhere between its two predecessors. Neither as much fun as DA VINCI CODE nor as completely silly as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from SULLY Los Angeles Screening

Clint Eastwood at the Los Angeles Industry Screening of SULLY

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures held the Los Angeles Screening of SULLY September 8th at The Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. It was a small event with the stars of the movie and guests. SULLY is the true story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger who on January 15, 2009 glided his disabled plane onto the waters of the Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 passengers on board the plane. Clint Eastwood directed the film from the screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, which was based on the book “Highest Duty” written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Seen […]Read On »

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DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR – Exclusive Interview with Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR | ©2016 PBS

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR premieres on PBS Tuesday, September 20.  The documentary film about a Unitarian couple who smuggled Jews out of Nazi-occupied territory before and during World War II has a behind-the-scenes story that’s almost as interesting as what’s onscreen. Artemis Joukowsky, directing his first feature, eventually got his friend, the acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns to sign on as co-director. The film came about as a result of Joukowsky learning something unexpected about his maternal grandparents. ARTEMIS JOUKOWSKY: I was fourteen, and I was at the Allen Stevenson School, and I was given an assignment to interview […]Read On »

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

FROZEN | © 2014 Disney Home Video

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: FROZEN – What can be said about Disney’s FROZEN that hasn’t already? It is a great animated flick that appeals to all ages with catchy songs, two strong female leads and loveable side characters that really adds up to a tremendous effort. I know of many kids […]Read On »

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

MACHETE KILLS | © 2014 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 MACHETE KILLS – After the whole GRINDHOUSE double feature that came out and the subsequent sequel featuring Danny Trejo as MACHETE you pretty much have an idea about what this film is going to be before you even get there. Yes, it is an over-the-top bloody violence […]Read On »

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CD Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS soundtrack

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Where most Hollywood films do their best to instill some sense of reality into true-life movies, director Paul Greengrass has the ability to make his re-enactments real, which makes it no easy task for the composer to musically capture that sense of cinema verite. Where John Powell did an admirable job of creating an inevitable sense of dread with the ticking time-bomb percussion, Arabic suspense and tragic heroism that would send Greengrass’ UNITED 93 to its awful fate, the director’s new, equally gripping, but far “happier” ending for the true story of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS demands a way more visceral approach, and […]Read On »

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